Frenship outlasts Dumas, Abilene Wylie in season openers

WOLFFORTH — Although the Frenship volleyball faced its fair share of adversity Tuesday, the Tigers remained unwavered.

 

Frenship persevered through a five set decision over Abilene Wylie (27-25, 27-25, 18-25, 14-25, 15-9) and swept Dumas (25-20, 25-23, 25-15) in the Tiger Pit in a season openening tri-match.

“We realized that we are good and sometimes we underestimate ourselves,” the Tigers’ senior libero Courtney Boring said after the first match. “So, we were just coming back and fighting and playing the way we knew how to play — working together.”

Boring helped solidify the defense and had 46 digs, while serving up four aces. Addison LeSueur and Aaliyana Mayfield led the attack with 19 and 15 kills, respectively.

Frenship is slated to play in the Mansfield Tournament, which starts on Thursday and runs through Friday. The Tigers open the tournament against El Paso Chapin at 1 p.m. Thursday.

Frenship coach Randi Trew noted the Tigers are a different team this year with a younger squad taking the court.

“The intensity and excitement this group brings to the table, it’s just going to be a completely different look from last year,” said Randi Trew, who is in her second season at the helm. “They have a lot of fun together on-and-off the floor. So, that is going to be something that is going to be unique for this team.”

Frenship didn’t return any of its starters from last season, but that didn’t seem to matter Tuesday.

In Game 1 against Dumas, the Tigers fought through three ties — thanks in part to the Demonettes’ Jordan Kelley and Tori Elzner — to overcome Dumas 25-20. Then, in a highlight moment in Game 2 for Frenship’s Reagan Snuggs (40 assists, three aces), she served an ace into the inside of their opponents left sideline to cap off a 25-23 win in the second set.

The Tigers had the momentum from then on, going on to sweep the Demonettes.

“Early on in Game 2, I think we got down real quick and it’s just good to kind of see them fight through those things and string together some points here and there,” Trew said. “That is something we haven’t always seen in the past. So, that’s uplifting to see them kind of rely on each other and trust each other.”

Frenship’s true test came later Tuesday afternoon, when the Tigers faced off against the Lady Bulldogs.

Frenship bested Wylie 27-25 in back-to-back sets to start match, and then dropped their first two sets of the day to force Game 5.

“They kind of played through some different things in the first two games and then we got a little rattled in the middle of that set, and in Game 5 we regrouped,” Trew said. “We had a lot of senior leadership in Game 5 and were able to string it all together.”

The Tigers shook off its two losses and sealed off its five-set win to remain undefeated.

“We are a young team We got two freshman with us, lots of sophomores (and) we only have four returning seniors. So, confidence wise, and getting to play at home, it’s just going to do lot for their morale and momentum,” Trew said.

 

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