Dover — The Frankfort Hot Dogs volleyball team has had Western Boone’s number in recent years, having won the past three meetings.
It appeared early Thursday like they had it again, jumping out to a 17-14 lead in game one of their Sagamore Conference match. But then Western Boone pulled it together, winning 36 of 43 points and cruising to a 25-18, 25-6, 25-16 victory.
“The first game was not how we play at all and I was very discouraged and a little angry with how we came out,” Western Boone head coach Laura Lawson said. “Frankfort always has that psych in your head — they are a scrappy team that will never give up. The second and third games were much different and we were cleaner with everything.”
The Stars looked lost in game one, making mistakes they normally don’t make to give Frankfort the lead.
But Lawson was able to turn to her bench and had key contributions from Savannah Bealmear and Claire Fuller to end the game on an 11-1 run.
“Our bench was huge,” Lawson said. “I was very happy with Vanney for stepping in there and you couldn’t even tell she was coming off the bench, she looked like one of the starters. Claire Fuller had some crucial kills in the right moment in the game. Even though she only had like three kills the whole match, she had them at the right times in game one.”
Game two was never a contest. Western Boone had three runs of five points or more and buried the Hot Dogs.
“This week we have really worked on taking care of the ball and making runs,” Lawson said. “I was making the girls run if they weren’t getting three or four points in a row. That has been our big focus — we have to make runs, because in the first game we traded points and they stayed in the game.”
The big contributor in the game was Emily Harrison who had nine kills and a block in the game.
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