Mount Greylock falls to No. 1 Frontier in Western Massachusetts Division III volleyball quarterfinal

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SOUTH DEERFIELD — The Mount Greylock girls volleyball team barely had time to settle into Goodnow Gym on Wednesday before the Mounties trailed.

Top-seeded Frontier Regional jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the first set and didn't trail until the third, ultimately winning 3-0 (25-7, 25-9, 25-23) in the Western Massachusetts Division 3 quarterfinals. Top-seeded Frontier will host No. 4 Turners Falls at 6:30 pm. Wednesday.

Lauren Davenport led Frontier with 17 kills and just two errors in 29 attempts, swinging with authority at both the floor and, if necessary, Greylock defenders. Six of those kills helped Frontier build an 11-2 lead in the first set. The Red Hawks cruised to a 25-7 win in that set then jumped out to a 5-1 lead in Set 2.

No. 9 Greylock (11-10) fought back to trail 7-6 before Davenport put Frontier back up 8-6 with a kill and stepped to the service line. She served nine points in a row, including five straight aces at one point, to put Frontier up 17-7. Davenport finished with seven aces in the match.

After her run ended, Frontier sided out to get the ball back to Grace Randall, who served six straight points to build a 24-7 lead.

"We don't really see much jump serving," Greylock coach Meaghan Albert said. "They weren't really prepared for it."

The Mounties took their first lead of the match 1-0 in the third set off an ace and eventually built it to 8-4.

Frontier rallied to tie the set at 11 and 13 before Ashley Telega skied for a block and a 14-13 lead the Red Hawks wouldn't relinquish.

"I think it really fired us up, and once we got back we really got into it," Telega said.

Frontier reached match point at 24-19, but Greylock scored four points in a row to make it 24-23.

"It'll go toward our confidence for next season," Albert said. "We definitely could have played with them, we just had bus legs, traveling makes it kind of hard."

Frontier coach Sean MacDonald called a timeout, and Selayna Bathurst, who finished with 12 kills and 11 digs, ended the match when her attack deflected off Greylock's libero and out of bounds.

The Mounties only graduate one senior.

"It's a building year," Albert said.

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