Geoff Cowles/News Utica’s Kloe Staugh, right, goes for the kill against the block attempt from Fredericktown’s Kelsey Boeshart, right, and Lainy Partington.

Geoff Cowles/Mount Vernon News

Utica’s Kloe Staugh, right, goes for the kill against the block attempt from Fredericktown’s Kelsey Boeshart, right, and Lainy Partington. Request this photo

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UTICA — It might be an interconference game, but when the Fredericktown Freddies visit the Utica Redskins to open the volleyball season, the action gets as intense as you might expect from a pair of former Mid-Buckeye Conference rivals. Saturday’s showdown was no exception.

Host Utica found that out, when they were down two sets to one, to the always-tough Freddies.

The Redskins, eventually, fought back to take Saturday’s scholastic season opener, 20-25, 25-15, 20-25, 25-15, 15-10.

“They got themselves into trouble and then they got themselves out,” said Utica coach Laurie Londot. “Our game plan was that we knew we had to get them out of their system. We had to get aggressive first balls, because, if they got a good pass-set, we weren’t going to stop them. We had a few blocks, but we knew their hitters were just too good. So we had to get them out of sync.”

After splitting the first two games, Fredericktown fought hard to hang on in the third set, taking a 19-16 lead with Paige Oswalt (six points, five kills, three digs) serving.

 

Geoff Cowles: 740-397-5333 or gcowles@mountvernonnews.com and on Twitter, @mountvernonnews

 

 

 

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