Trio leads Red Hawks volleyball to PERFECTION
BY NICK CARBONI

Thursday, December 22, 2005

Perfection is an achievement often strived for but rarely accomplished. But the Frontier Regional girls volleyball team
achieved it this fall with a Division 3 state championship and a 25-0 record.Cocaptains Abby Majewski and Nikki
Wiseman piloted the Red Hawks all season, earning each of them a spot on this year's Daily Hampshire Gazette All-Star
team.


The two seniors were supported by freshman Alyssa Stankowski, also an All-Star, en route to their unbeaten season.


The trio helped the Red Hawks sweep Mount Alvernia Nov. 19 to win the state title.


Majewski put up remarkable numbers in her fifth season at the varsity level. The outside hitter led the team with 241
kills, almost 100 more than the next closest. From the back line, Majewski recorded 219 digs and served up 66 aces.


'Abby can serve and she can pass and that makes her a well-rounded player,' Red Hawks coach Sean MacDonald said.


Majewski was joined by Wiseman during their sophomore season when the setter moved to the Frontier Regional school
district. The undisputed vocal leader on the court, Wiseman finished with 453 assists in 2005. She added 52 aces and
63 kills to her strong offensive game.


'If you're keeping score, (Nikki) is playing to win,' MacDonald said. 'She's the quarterback, she's running the show.'


The leadership from Wiseman and Majewski helped Frontier to reverse last year's 3-1 loss to Turners Falls in the
western Massachusetts final.


This fall, the Red Hawks beat Pioneer Valley to win the Western Massachusetts Division 3 Tournament Nov. 12.


'They're doing the job that I would like to do,' MacDonald said. 'They're the ones talking everybody up and calming
everybody down. Not to mention playing good volleyball.'


Stankowski easily shifted into front-line play after serving as the team's libero as an 8th grader. The 15-year old
freshman made noise above the net this season, recording 144 kills. Earning respect from teammates, Stankowski tied
Majewski for the team lead in aces (66) and had a team-high 220 digs.


'I keep shaking my head,' MacDonald said. 'I forget she's 15 and she's just a freshman. She's not playing like it.'


MacDonald said he hopes his team's success will put Frontier volleyball on the map.


'I hope it makes a statement to the rest of the state,' MacDonald said. 'I'd like to see the whole level of the state come
up. I think we definitely made a step in the right direction.'

Frontier wins first state title
BY KYLE BELANGER THE RECORDER
Monday, November 21, 2005

HUDSON - Any question that the 2005 Frontier Regional School girls volleyball team was experiencing a dream season
was put to bed Saturday, when the Red Hawks sleepwalked their way to a historic 25-16, 25-21, 25-23 sweep of Mount
Alvernia High School to win the Division 3 state championship.The victory over the Newton-based Mustangs (21-2) gave
the Red Hawks a perfect 25-0 finish to the season, and the first volleyball state championship in school history. In
addition, Frontier also became only the second western Massachusetts school to win a Division 3 girls volleyball state
crown. Mahar Regional was the first in 1997.


Meanwhile, the loss at Hudson High School snapped the 20-match winning streak of Mount Alvernia.


The victory is 'what I'm trying to focus on, because I wasn't really happy about the way we played today,' said third-year
Frontier coach Sean MacDonald. 'I told them after the second game, 'I'm about as unhappy as you can find a coach
who is up 2-0 in the state finals.' We just weren't playing up to our potential.'


His team was in agreement.


'We weren't playing up to par in the first game,' Hawks senior outside hitter Abby Majewski admitted. 'It sort of carried
through in all the games. But our competition - I don't think they were playing up to their potential either. It was hard to
keep everyone up, but we came out with a win, so there's nothing to complain about.'


The Red Hawks snowplowed an overmatched Mustangs squad without anything resembling their best stuff.


Junior Nelly Denehy put the finishing touches on the championship for Frontier. Denehy stepped to the service line with
a slim 24-23 lead. Her serve cleared the net and headed to the middle of the Mount Alvernia back row, where Chloe
Wojtowicz appeared poised.


Denehy's serve scooted between Wojtowicz's hands, glanced off her forehead and headed out of play behind her,
giving Frontier the win.


'I was hoping it wasn't going to be me, actually,' Denehy said. 'My serves weren't very strong at the beginning, and that
did make me nervous. But I knew what I had to do.'


The Red Hawks' power game had a difficult time getting started. The Nikki Wiseman-to-Majewski kill machine didn't
connect for its first loud point until midway through the first game, and even then it had a different look to it.


With Wiseman in the back row to serve and her team up by a 17-16 score, it was she who delivered the first pass
following a return. Wiseman quickly dumped the ball to Samantha Jacques, who relayed it to Majewski on the outside.
Having misfired on her only other kill in the opening game, Majewski found wide-open space and created noise on the
court and in the Red Hawks' fan section, giving her team an 18-16 edge.


'Sometimes it's hard to get everybody up and keep them up,' Majewski said of her team's flat beginning. 'But we just
kept doing what we've been doing and knew that, at some point, it'd come together.'


Wiseman served out the first game in a run that included three aces.


Wiseman recorded nine of her 10 service points in the opener, while Majewski recovered from a quiet first game to have
11 kills in the match.


MacDonald said he was having a difficult time putting his team's checkerboard performance into perspective.


'We played like crap and still beat them 25-16 in the first game,' he said. 'I'm thinking, 'this shouldn't even be close.' '


Jacques put the punctuation mark on the second game, firing a Wiseman assist to the opposite sideline and giving
Frontier a 25-21 win.


In the match's final game, Majewski pounded home three consecutive Wiseman assists to give the Red Hawks a 3-0
lead. But the Mustangs battled back to tie it at 6-6, before Frontier senior Emily Rowell made her mark in her final high
school match.


First, Rowell converted a Wiseman assist for a crucial side-out kill and a 7-6 lead, then she stepped to the service line
and delivered five consecutive points, two by aces. By the time she relinquished the ball, her team led 12-7.


'It was the perfect time to go in and I felt great,' Rowell said. 'I was trying my best to get those (serves) in and it was
awesome that I could contribute a string of points for my team.'


Wiseman and freshman Alyssa Stankowski (four kills) recorded 10 digs apiece.


Frontier improved its record to 61-7 under MacDonald since 2003.


Frontier goes to state final
By NICK CARBONI

Thursday, November 17, 2005

MARLBOROUGH - The main goal for the Frontier Regional girls volleyball team entering this season was to win the
Western Massachusetts Division 3 championship. Now the Red Hawks have a new goal - to win the state title.Frontier
(24-0) will try to accomplish that after rallying for a 3-2 win over North Reading (19-3) Wednesday night in a state
semifinal match at Marlborough High School.

The Red Hawks advanced to the state final against Mount Alvernia (21-1) at noon Saturday at Hudson High School.

The northern Massachusetts champions took the first game 25-19. The Red Hawks came within three points late in the
game, but an 8-2 start gave the Hornets a lead they did not relinquish.

Frontier quickly fell behind 4-0 in game two. The Red Hawks battled back and the two teams traded points before
Frontier pulled ahead at the end to edge North Reading 27-25.

The Red Hawks opened the third game on an 11-3 tear led by sophomore Mary Spadola and her eight consecutive
service points. She had 22 in the entire match.

Hard hitting by senior Abby Majewski (22 kills) and setter Nikki Wiseman (40 assists) also helped the Red Hawks to a
25-21 win in game three.

Frontier coach Sean MacDonald said he is proud of his team's toughness. ''I told them, 'If we happen to lose that first
game, we can't freak out. We've got to come back.' And they did,'' MacDonald said.

North Reading slipped by Frontier 25-22 in the fourth set after the two teams traded points. The Red Hawks had a
17-14 lead but could not hold on as the Hornets forced the tiebreaker.

Frontier was crisp in the deciding game five with a 7-0 start. Strong serving by freshman Alyssa Stankowski along with a
pair of Wiseman-to-Majewski connections were the key to the Red Hawks' run.

North Reading scrapped its way back to within three points. The Hornets' late push fell short when Wiseman touched a
ball into a hole in the defense, sending Frontier to the final with a 15-9 win.

Heading into game five, Majewski said that momentum was vital.

''We know that the fifth game is really quick,'' Majewski said. ''If someone gets on a run, that can dominate the whole
game. When we got the points early, we knew we could keep it up.''

MacDonald said his team has adjusted its expectations heading into Saturday's final.

''We've got new goals right now,'' MacDonald said. ''They've changed. Now we're going there to win.''

Boston Globe
Division 3 semifinals
-- In a thriller, Frontier (24-0) displayed a flare for the dramatic in a 3-2 victory over
North Reading (19-2) at Marlborough.

It was only fitting the teams needed a decisive fifth game, as the match's first four were closely contested. Frontier
jumped ahead early in the fifth game, scoring 7 straight points before the Hornets got on the board.

Then it was just a matter of holding off North Reading, as Frontier took the fifth game 15-9, with senior Nikki Wiseman
finessing the ball over the net for the winning point.

Senior Abby Majewski, who led the Red Hawks, provided 5 of her 21 kills in the final game, and freshman Alyssa
Stankowski played like a veteran, providing 18 digs, including six in the fifth game. Along with her numerous kills,
Majewski added 19 digs and five blocks in the win.

"That's a standard Abby performance," Frontier coach Sean MacDonald said. "Abby's our leader. She's our go-to hitter.
She can do that every day and has all year for 24 matches."

North Reading came out strong, winning the first 6 points of the match and taking the first game, 25-19. Senior captain
Victoria Carroll sparked the Hornets throughout the match along with classmate Sarah Potter, both of whom picked up
double-digit kills.



Red Hawks sweep to volleyball championship
By KERRI FLEMING

Monday, November 14, 2005

HOLYOKE - It fell to senior Abby Majewski to deliver the decisive blow for the Frontier Regional girls volleyball team in
the Western Massachusetts Division 3 Tournament final Saturday.With the Red Hawks leading Pioneer Valley 24-17 in
the third game, having already won the first two games 25-20 and 25-19, Majewski leaped at the net and slapped the
ball past two Panther defenders.

With that, top-seeded Frontier (23-0) became the Western Massachusetts Division 3 champions at Holyoke Community
College. The Red Hawks play North Reading, the No. 1 team from the North division, at Marlborough High School at 7
p.m. Wednesday in the state semifinals. North Reading defeated Notre Dame 3-0 Saturday to advance.

Frontier was shaky in its first game, trading points with the Panthers. With the game tied 20-20, Frontier was able to
hold off No. 3 Pioneer Valley (17-4) by scoring the final five points.

The second game was another back-and-forth affair, but after the Red Hawks went ahead 18-15 they kept at least a
three-point lead for the remainder of the contest.

Frontier kept its groove in the final game, with sophomore Mary Spadola serving seven straight times.

''She was my serving force today,'' said Frontier coach Sean MacDonald.

The Red Hawks never surrendered the lead to the Panthers in the third game.

Getting the last point ''felt amazing,'' said Majewski, who had 22 kills and 16 digs in the match. ''Frontier hasn't won
western Mass since I was in eighth grade, so to come back this year and help the team win, it just feels incredible.''

MacDonald attributes the team's early problems to butterflies.

''You can't complain about a 3-0 win,'' he said. ''We struggled a little bit in the first game, but everyone was a little
nervous. We settled down. The second half of the second game and the third game, we really covered their tips well,
and we played good defense.''

Frontier also got major contributions from freshman Alyssa Stankowski (nine kills) and senior co-captain Nikki Wiseman
(33 assists).

''It was a good team effort, (with) a lot of hustle,'' MacDonald said. ''I was proud of them.''

The win reversed the result of the 2004 championship, when Frontier lost 3-1 to Turners Falls in the final.

''Last year we just blew our expectations out of the water,'' said MacDonald. ''We were really happy to be here last year.
This year, we were coming to win.''

Majewski said her team is excited to continue.

''We only thought about western Mass.,'' she said. ''Anything further than here is bonus, but we'll definitely try our best
and hopefully go even further.''


Red Hawks return to girls volleyball final
By NICK CARBONI

Thursday, November 10, 2005

The Frontier Regional girls volleyball team avenged its loss in last year's Western Massachusetts Division 3 final with a
convincing win at home Wednesday over Turners Falls.Senior Abby Majewski, who converted 12 kills, led the No. 1 Red
Hawks (22-0) to the 25-17, 25-18, 22-25, 25-15 win over the Indians (No. 5, 12-6). Turners Falls won last season's
sectional final 3-1.

Frontier advances to this year's final against No. 3 Pioneer Valley Regional (17-3) at Holyoke Community College at 4
p.m. Saturday. The Panthers defeated No. 7 Mahar Regional 3-0 in the other semifinal match Wednesday.

Setter Nikki Wiseman ran the Frontier offense well, collecting 25 assists, while freshman outside hitter Alyssa
Stankowski had nine kills and six aces.

Frontier took the first two games Wednesday against the two-time defending western Massachusetts champions. The
Red Hawks swept them twice during the regular season.

When the Indians forced a fourth game, it was only the fifth time this season that Frontier dropped a game.

Consistent play by libero Katelyn Mailloux and outside hitter Allison Murphy gave Turners Falls the 25-22 victory in
game three.

''I wasn't real concerned, Frontier Coach Sean MacDonald said. ''They've got some servers on that team that can do
the damage. You can't let them get on a roll. That's been the key all year.''

Frontier recovered to win game four 25-15.

Stankowski, who started at libero for the Red Hawks in last season's loss in the final, said she was excited about
Wednesday's win.

''It feels really good to beat them to get into (the) western Mass.'' final, Stankowski said. ''We worked really hard for this.''

Frontier swept Pioneer Sept. 21 and won 3-1 on October 17.

MacDonald said he likes his team's chances even though the Panthers have three players who are over 6 feet tall.

'We have that coverage in there in case we get blocked,'' MacDonald said. ''They have the blockers but I think we have
the speed to defeat them.''

Majewski said that mental preparation by the Red Hawks is the key to victory in the final.

''I know they're big and they have good hitters,'' Majewski said. ''We're just going to have to be ready.''


Frontier dominates Lee, Red Hawks set up rematch with Turners Falls
BY NICK CARBONI

Tuesday, November 8, 2005

Heading into the Western Massachusetts Division 3 Tournament, the Frontier Regional girls volleyball team was looking
to avenge last season's championship game loss to Turners Falls.The No. 1 Red Hawks took a step in the right
direction in Monday's quarterfinal match, defeating ninth-seeded Lee at home, 25-15, 25-8, 25-7.


By sweeping the overmatched Wildcats (7-8), Frontier (21-0) earned a rematch with No. 5 Turners (11-5) Wednesday
night at 7 p.m. in the semifinals. The Indians advanced with a 3-1 win over No. 4 Belchertown, also on Monday.


Despite dominating most of the contest, Frontier had some trouble with Lee in the first game.


After eight consecutive service points by freshman Alyssa Stankowski (11 aces, four kills) to open the match, the Red
Hawks squandered the 8-0 lead and at one point allowed the Wildcats to come within four points.


After some back and forth scoring and the score resting at 21-14, the Red Hawks normally poised attack became
somewhat frustrated and saw several botched serves and long kills. Senior outside hitter and cocaptain Abby Majewski
(10 kills, seven aces) hammered down a pair of kills, injecting some excitement into her Frontier teammates and ending
the setback.


'We just realized that we weren't playing up to our level so we tried to shake it off,' Majewski said. 'I knew that a good hit
could really bring up the team.'


After their early troubles, the Red Hawks were able to bear down and take the second and third games in convincing
fashion.


Though Frontier has had no trouble with Turners this season, sweeping them twice on Oct. 3 and Oct. 27, head coach
Sean MacDonald knows his team must play better than it did against the Wildcats to advance any further in postseason
play.


'I'm looking forward to it, MacDonald said. 'We're going to have to play a little better than we did in the first game. We've
got to be in it mentally.'


MacDonald is not the only one excited about Wednesday night's matchup against the Indians.


Senior co-captain Nikki Wiseman (four kills, 20 assists) said she is ecstatic about the opportunity to take local bragging
rights from Turners but more importantly at the chance to advance to the final round of this season's playoffs.


'Last year they beat us in Western Mass,' Wiseman said. 'Obviously we want to beat them. We're trying to keep our
heads in the game for Wednesday now that we beat (Lee).'


Of her team's odds against knocking the two-time defending champions out of the tournament, Majewski remains
confident.


'Hopefully everything will fit together, Majewski said. 'We're going to practice hard. As long as we play our hardest we
should be fine.'


Amherst, Frontier top seeds
By NICK CARBONI

Thursday, November 3, 2005

The Amherst Regional and Frontier Regional girls volleyball teams, which lost in the finals of the Western
Massachusetts tournament last season, this year are the top seeds in their divisions.The Hurricanes (17-3, 16-0 to win
the Eastern Division) are seeded first among the nine teams in the Division 2 tournament.

And the Red Hawks (20-0, 16-0 to win the Northern Division) are the top team in the Division 3 tournament, which also
has nine schools.

Belchertown (14-6, 10-6 Northern) is the third local team in the postseason as the No. 4 seed in Division 3.

With a bye in the first round, Amherst will play the winner of Friday's first-round contest between eighth-seeded
Chicopee (12-8, 10-8 Southern) and No. 9 Taconic (9-5). The Hurricanes did not face either team in the regular season.

Amherst will host the quarterfinal match at 7 p.m. Tuesday. If the Hurricanes win, they would next play the winner of the
quarterfinal between No. 4 East Longmeadow and No. 5 Pittsfield. The Hurricanes defeated the Spartans (13-5, 11-5
Eastern) twice this year, but have never faced the Berkshire County champion Generals (15-2).

The semifinals will be played at 7 p.m. Nov. 10 at the higher-seeded school, and the Division 2 final is at 7 p.m. Nov. 12
at Holyoke Community College.

Middle hitters Lindsay Hoyle and Bethany Stosz have anchored the Amherst attack this season, while setter Molly
McCutcheon gets the offense started.

The Hurricanes have stepped up the intensity this week in practice and scrimmaged the Red Hawks on Tuesday, said
coach Kacey Schmitt.

''We've been trying to pick apart the game a little bit,'' Schmitt said. ''We worked on defensive positioning, blocking skills,
digging the ball out of the net and getting to the corners.''

Amherst lost the Division 2 final last year 3-1 to Agawam.

The coaches for the Hurricanes and Red Hawks say they are approaching this year's tournament with the goal of a
championship.

''We're definitely coming in to win the tournament,'' Schmitt said.

Division 3

Frontier coach Sean MacDonald also looks to come out on top this year, after the Red Hawks lost 3-1 in the 2004
Division 3 final to Turners Falls.

''Last time we were kind of happy just to be there,'' MacDonald said. ''This time we're really going there to win.''

The Red Hawks at 7 p.m. Monday will host a quarterfinal against the winner of Friday's first-round game between No. 8
Dean Tech (10-8, 10-7 Southern) and No. 9 Lee (7-7). If Frontier wins, it would next face the winner of another
quarterfinal matchup Monday when No. 5 Turners Falls travels to No. 4 Belchertown.

Frontier defeated both the Indians (11-5, 11-5 Northern) and the Orioles (14-6, 10-6 Northern) twice this season. The
Red Hawks came from behind to beat Belchertown 3-2 on Sept. 29 before sweeping the Orioles Oct. 25 when their
freshman setter Mary Mancuso did not play.

The semifinals will be played at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the higher-seeded school, and the Division 2 final is at 4 p.m. Nov.
12 at Holyoke Community College.

Outside hitters Abby Majewski and Alyssa Stankowski have been dominant all year for Frontier and are complemented
by setter Nikki Wiseman.

Belchertown hopes to get past a tough Turners Falls squad which won last year's Division 3 championship but shows
signs of vulnerability this season. After an early season loss to the Indians Sept. 12, the Orioles beat Turners Falls 3-1
Oct. 5.

In coach Roger Goodhind's first season with the Orioles, he has improved on their 12-8 record in 2004 when they lost in
the tournament semifinals 3-0 to the Red Hawks.

Middle hitters Alyssa Thibodeau and Briana Smith and outside hitter Abby Gallant provide offensive firepower for the
Orioles, who have their freshman setter Mancuso back.

Goodhind said he is looking forward to another potential semifinal matchup with rival Frontier.

''They're undefeated,'' Goodhind said. ''They're the team that won the league. If it were me, this is exactly the way I'd
write it up.''


Frontier volleyball perfect this season
By Staff reports

Friday, October 28, 2005

The Frontier Regional volleyball team won all 20 of its games this season, but the very best performance came
Thursday night at home.The Red Hawks (20-0, 16-0 Northern Division) capped a perfect regular season with a 3-0
victory over two-time defending Western Massachusetts Division 3 champion Turners Falls, 25-17, 25-16, 25-13.

''It was the perfect ending. To go 20-0, to do it at home on senior night and against Turners Falls, which we have a lot of
respect for as a powerhouse program - it couldn't have been any better,'' Frontier coach Sean MacDonald said. ''To
beat (the Indians) to go 20-0, you couldn't imagine it any better.''

Seniors Abby Majewski (20 kills), Nikki Wiseman (30 assists), Jenn Berry (five digs), Emily Rowell (three digs) and
strong-serving Samantha Jacques were all honored before the game.

The Red Hawks entered the season with high expectations, but MacDonald said he wasn't sure the team would go
undefeated.

''I wasn't really focusing on that. I was focusing on having a good year,'' he said. ''It just started rolling and I've never
seen us play as well as we did tonight.''

The key is that the Red Hawks are playing their best at the end of the season, with the tournament seeding meeting set
for Wednesday.

''That's the best I've ever seen us play,'' MacDonald said.

Turners fell to 11-5 (11-5 Northern) with the loss.



Majewski powers Frontier
BY NICK CARBONI

Thursday, October 13, 2005

A hard-hitting and energetic Frontier Regional girls volleyball team remained undefeated Wednesday with a sweep of
Longmeadow at home.The Red Hawks (14-0) had little trouble taking the Lancers (6-7) in the non-league match 25-10,
25-19, 25-14.


Senior cocaptain Abby Majewski continued her solid play, hammering down 15 kills from the outside hitter's position,
including nine in the second game.


Lining up opposite Majewski was freshman Alyssa Stankowski who collected five kills. Stankowski, who moved to the
front this season from her libero position as an 8th-grader, also recorded two aces.


Frontier made quick work of Longmeadow in the first game with crisp passing, outstanding timing and crafty sets from
senior setter and cocaptain Nikki Wiseman who finished the match with 29 assists.


Wiseman and Majewski, who have played varsity together for three years, continue to be the keys to the team's success.


'The whole team is like a family,' Majewski said. 'We communicate really well and we're friends in school and on the
court so I think that really helps.'


The camaraderie showed as the Red Hawks were all smiles, even when the Lancers made the second game close. The
Red Hawks took an early 14-5 lead behind Majewski's missile-like spikes.


But Longmeadow took advantage of Frontier communications miscues and failed serves to tie the game at 19 points
apiece.


The Red Hawks got their passing game back, allowing Majewski to sling kill after kill at the weary Lancer defense to put
her team on top 24-19. Then, facing two blockers, Majewski adjusted in mid-leap to tap the ball over and win the second
game.


Frontier dominated play in the third game and scored five unanswered points on serves by junior libero Taylor Gallerani.


Wiseman continued to flick assists high, low, and behind her back, and she spread the ball around to the likes of Jenelle
Denehy, Samantha Jacques, Mary Spadola and Jenn Berry, whose touch over the net completed the victory.


'Our passing came to the net and came right to me,' Wiseman said. 'We need to communicate and know who's going to
get what ball.'


Frontier hosts Agawam at 4:30 p.m. Friday in non-league play.


The Red Hawks hope to return to the western Massachusetts Division 3 final where they lost 3-1 last year to Turners
Falls. Frontier won 3-0 at Turners Falls Oct. 3, and faces the Indians again at home in the final regular-season match
Oct. 27.


'We went (to Turners Falls) a couple of weeks ago and we ended up winning in three games,' Red Hawk coach Sean
MacDonald said. 'We played well but I know Turners didn't play as well as they could, and I'm expecting a tougher
match.'


Red Hawks rally over Orioles
BY STAFF REPORTS

Friday, September 30, 2005

After losing the first game, the Frontier Regional girls volleyball team fought back to down Northern Division rival
Belchertown 3-2 in South Deerfield Thursday night. Frontier (8-0, 7-0 Northern) won 18-25, 25-18, 25-17, 23-25,
15-11.We were a little on edge at the beginning, both teams probably were because it was a big game, said Red Hawks
coach Sean MacDonald.


Red Hawks' senior Abby Majewski and freshman Alyssa Stankowski each had 14 kills. Stankowski tallied seven aces,
while Majewski finished with six. Senior Nikki Wiseman had 30 assists and two blocks.


Seniors Briana Smith and Alyssa Thibodeau led Belchertown (7-3, 4-3 Northern). Each had 10 blocks, while Thibodeau
also had six digs. Freshmen setter Mary Mancuso had 22 assists.


'It was very well played by both teams,' MacDonald said. 'We were just able to gut out the win.'


Frontier duo


Frontier Regional exceeded its expectations last year while reaching the Western Massachusetts Division 3 final before
falling 3-1 to Turners Falls. The Red Hawks return five seniors this season, led by cocaptains Abby Majewski and Nikki
Wiseman.


'Nikki and Abby are going to be big for me,' Frontier coach Sean MacDonald said. 'Abby is going to be one of our best
hitters, and Nikki is the quarterback on the floor.'


After those two, MacDonald said other players will have to step up.


Freshman Alyssa Stankowski saw some time last season in the libero and setter roles. This year she will play as an
outside hitter. 'She's probably going to be a big piece of the puzzle,' MacDonald said.


The Red Hawks will be a ball-control type of team this season with the focus on serving, passing and defense, he added.


'We're not the tallest team out there and we're not going to lead the league in blocks,' said MacDonald, who is in his
third season at Frontier.


'I think we have the potential to be very successful,' MacDonald said. 'One of our big things last year was team
chemistry. We're going to have to bring some new people into the mix, but hopefully we can do that again.'