MOUNT VERNON — It may have been a sweep, but they had to fight for it in a tough second set. The top-seeded Fredericktown Freddies volleyball team won their OHSAA DIII District Final, defeating the Northridge Vikings in straight sets, 25-17, 25-21, 25-14, at Mount Vernon Nazarene University’s Ariel Arena. With the win, Fredericktown lands a berth in the Region 12 semifinals at Kettering Fairmount High School and will take on Claymont, this Thursday at 6 p.m.
The Freddies jumped ahead, in the first set, with Hannah Vaughn (three assists, 10 kills, 18 digs) and Olivia Mast (37 assists, 13 digs) serving. Teammate Summer Weller (13 kills, nine digs) had a pair of kills to put the Freddies in top in Set One, 22-16. Kelsey Boeshart (nine kills, 13 digs, three aces) scored twice to help finish off the first set for the Freddies.
“It was really a team effort and everyone was really on their ‘A’ game,” Mast said. “They gave it their all — even at moments, when we made mistakes. Everybody was playing their hardest and that is really what it takes.”
Northridge’s Sydney Koker, who helped keep her team in contention, with three scores near the end of the first set, helped wake her team up in Set Two. After Vaughn scored to increase the Freddies’ lead to 14-5, Koker scored. Vaughn came right back and scored, on a kill, but the Freddies, quickly lost serve again.
Northridge struck back with a pair of big blocks by Amanda Townley to close the Fredericktown lead to 16-10. The Vikings were on a roll with Townley and Abby Beyer, putting up a monster block to stop a Kelsey Boeshart scoring attempt. A Koker score off an assist from teammate Claire Shank narrowed the Freddies’ lead to 16-15, in the second set.
Lindsey Boeshart (13 kills, 22 digs) scored. Vaughn followed with a score and Weller added two, more points, to allow the Freddies to stay on top, 21-18.
“We just stayed together and kept our composure,” Lindsey Boeshart said. “We just hyped each other up and kept encouraging each other.”
Northridge would not back down, getting another point on a block by Darian Dick. Vaughn, however, stepped up again, scoring on a kill. Weller had serve for a short time, managing to land an ace, which put the Freddies up, 24-20.
“I think, mentally, we got down for a couple of points, but we quickly pulled out of it,” Mast said. “After that, we were able to get it together and push through. We all worked as a team and nobody gave up.”
That gave the Freddies the four point margin, by which, they won Set Two.
“That was pretty hard,” Vaughn said. “They (Northridge) were really good. We just stayed positive. Today, we just pushed through and kept going.”
The Freddies’ strong finish in the second set, helped them right through the third set, which they won easily.
Also, for the Freddies, Paige Oswalt had seven digs and two aces.
“(Northridge) is a great team,” said Fredericktown coach Sheena Beheler. “We scrimmaged them, early in the year, but they have improved. It’s like a lot of teams. They get better and dynamics change. We seemed to have more togetherness and more mental toughness, today.”
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