Frontier caps perfect volleyball season with state championship
By JIM PIGNATIELLO
Monday, November 22, 2010
NORTHBOROUGH - Frontier Regional's magical girls volleyball season got its perfect ending on Saturday.
The Red Hawks defeated Case of Swansea 3-0 for the state Division 3 Tournament championship at Algonquin Regional.
"We had this potential from the beginning and we knew it," sophomore standout Cassidy Stankowski said. "We set goals before the season,
winning league, western Mass., state. And now we've accomplished them all. It's a great feeling."
Frontier (26-0) capped its perfect season with the 25-15, 25-12, 25-11 victory over the defending state champion Cardinals (23-2).
The match lasted just 57 minutes as the Red Hawks ousted all six postseason opponents in less than an hour.
"It feels absolutely amazing," senior Angelica Perfido said. "I'm so proud to be a part of this team. I've been on the team since seventh grade
and it's been the greatest thing ever. I couldn't ask for a better coach. They are all my family. I love them so much."
The title is the third for coach Sean MacDonald in his eight years. The team, which has won six straight western Massachusetts titles, also won
state crowns in 2005 and 2006.
"We felt due. It's nice to get back here and play well at the end," said MacDonald, whose team lost in the final in 2007 and the semifinals in
2008 and 2009. "The last few years, we've gotten there and not played well at the end. So, it was nice to see us play well today."
Case defeated Frontier 3-1 in last year's state semifinals en route to its state championship. But that Red Hawks team didn't have senior twin
sisters Tori and Katy Daniels, who sat out as juniors after transferring from South Hadley.
"They didn't get to see what Tori and I had (last year), so now was the chance to show them," said Katy Daniels, who was at last year's
semifinal loss. "It felt like it was finally the whole team now. We wanted to throw everything we had at them."
Frontier certainly did that, as Katy Daniels led the team with 18 kills, while Stankowski had 17. Courtney Parent added three.
Tori Daniels finished with 35 assists.
The Red Hawks were in control throughout, but still had to battle.
"We definitely expected to have to fight for every point we got, which definitely happened," Tori Daniels said. "I don't think the scores reflect
how difficult or challenging this game was for our team. Every point was a struggle."
After blazing through the opening game, Frontier fell behind 4-1 in the second.
Case served long and then Katy Daniels and Kendra Ouimette served the Red Hawks to a 6-5 lead behind two kills by Stankowski and an ace
Case evened the score at 6-6 with a block, but Tori Daniels set up her sister for a big kill and a 7-6 lead. Tori Daniels then served to 12-6
behind three points by Stankowski (two kills, one block).
The Cardinals cut the deficit to 12-9, but Frontier ended the game with a 13-3 run, including four kills by Katy Daniels and five service points
by Parent, to take a 2-0 match lead.
"There were a lot more rallies than we're used to," Stankowski said. "They dug everything that we put at them. It was intense all the way
The third set was a coronation, with Perfido putting the Red Hawks ahead 4-0 from the service line, backed by a block by Kelsey Abramson
and one kill each by Katy Daniels and Stankowski.
Frontier pushed the lead to 6-1 and 10-5 when Stankowski showed off, once again, why she's arguably the best player in the state as a
The fourth-year varsity player and cocaptain blasted a kill to take an 11-5 lead. After a bad Frontier serve cut its lead to 11-6, Stankowski
scored the next three straight points on two thunderous kills and a big-time block at the net to push the advantage to 14-6.
Katy Daniels then had three of the team's next four kills as the Red Hawks kept a firm hold on the match.
When Perfido went back to serve with a 21-10 lead, she knew how close Frontier was to its ultimate goal.
"I was very nervous. I was shaking the whole time," she said. "It was exciting and it all hit me when I was going for those last points."
Perfido started with an ace and then Tori Daniels set up Katy Daniels for one kill and Stankowski for another to take a 24-10 lead.
Case took back the serve on a long Frontier hit, but the Red Hawks put the final exclamation point on their season with one last kill by
Stankowski from Tori Daniels.
"We played our hearts out. Thankfully, it paid off," Tori Daniels said. "Right when Cassidy got the kill and the game stopped, I just wanted to
hug the entire team. A huge group hug was exactly what we needed. It was incredible."
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NORTHBOROUGH - Some of her teammates stopped short of calling themselves the best team in Massachusettts.
Frontier Regional volleyball senior Angelica Perfido, however, had no problem with it.
"I really believe we are the best in the state and I feel like if we played at a national level, we would go far," Perfido said after her team
defeated Case of Swansea 3-0 for the state Division 3 championship on Saturday at Algonquin Regional. "It's a wonderful team and I feel like
we can beat anyone."
While the Red Hawks (26-0) play in the lowest division during the tournament, they enjoyed incredible success against a brutal regular season
schedule this season.
"To go undefeated against the schedule we put together this year is very special," coach Sean MacDonald said. "It probably is never going to
Frontier knocked off eventual Division 1 state champion Barnstable (21-2) at Barnstable in five games during the regular season. It also
knocked off eventual state Division 2 champion Medfield (25-0) in the title match of the Medfield play date, which was considered an exhibition.
Frontier also won the Volleyball Hall of Fame Spalding Tournament of Champions, which included many of the state's top teams.
"It's overwhelming to think about everything we've accomplished and how hard we've worked," Katy Daniels said. "I'm so proud of this team and
all the hours we've put in. I can't even put into words how much happiness this season has brought me."
SENIORS - Saturday's win was the final game for Frontier seniors Tori Daniels, Katy Daniels, Kendra Ouimette, Holly Dewitt, Jaclyn Parker and
"We're one big family," sophomore cocaptain Cassidy Stankowski said. "We're going to stay close. We all love each other very much."
WAIT TIL NEXT YEAR - It would be no surprise if Frontier and Case met in the state tournament for the third straight season in 2011.
Frontier returns Stankowski along with a strong group of current juniors. Meanwhile, the Cardinals (23-2) don't have a senior on their roster,
which features 11 juniors and three sophomores.
Case's two losses were to Barnstable during the regular season and Frontier on Saturday. The Cardinals took the bronze in the Hall of Fame
Frontier caps off 26-0 season with Division III state volleyball championship victory
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NORTHBOROUGH - The 2010 Frontier Regional School volleyball season was full of milestone victories.
Wins over Division I powerhouses New Bedford and Barnstable, a seventh straight Northern Division title, followed by a sixth consecutive
Western Massachusetts title.
Only one obstacle remained - the Red Hawks' first state title since 2006.
The dream season came to a fitting end Saturday, as Frontier capped a 26-0 season with a 25-15, 25-12, 25-11 victory over Joseph Case of
Swansea in the state championship match at Algonquin Regional High School.
"We felt due," Frontier coach Sean MacDonald said. "It's nice to get back here and play well at the end."
"Well" is not the best word to describe Frontier's performance. "Dominant" is more apropos. The Red Hawks made the previously unbeaten
Cardinals - who defeated Frontier in last year's state semifinals - look like one of their Northern Division foes.
Tori and Katy Daniels made the most of their final match of their only season with Frontier. Tori racked up 35 assists, while Katy put down a
team-high 18 kills. The twin sisters' high school odyssey has taken them from Arizona to South Hadley and, finally, to South Deerfield.
"It's kind of a perfect end to a really, really long journey," Tori Daniels said.
Sophomore outside hitter Cassidy Stankowski, another of Frontier's four All-State selections, racked up 17 kills - mostly on her signature
booming spikes. Her 17th and final kill was a spike that tipped out of bounds off a Case defender for match point.
Case (22-1) tried to hang with Frontier in the first set, until MacDonald figured out some of Case's tendencies in serve receiving. The Red
Hawks' service game improved from there, which allowed them to get the ball in perfect position to set Stankowski and Katy Daniels up for the
"Tori, Katy and Cassidy did a good job serving to strategic spots," said MacDonald, who has now guided Frontier to three state titles in four
finals appearances in eight seasons.
The second set saw Case go out to a 3-0 lead before Frontier finally caught up to take a 7-6 lead it would not relinquish. Soon, it was 17-6,
and before long the Cardinals were one set from elimination.
Frontier scored the first point of the third set and only allowed Case to get as close as 6-4. The final points were a true display of school spirit,
as the Frontier student section erupted in the school fight song while play was going on. Stankowski gave them something more to cheer
about when her final kill hit the floor.
"We don't even have the words to describe it," All-State senior libero Kendra Ouimette said. "It's an unbelievable feeling."
No Western Massachusetts team has ever gone 26-0 to win a state championship in any sport. Frontier did so thanks to an extra sectional
tournament game due to a larger than normal 16-team field.
Very few teams will ever accomplish the feat by going through a schedule like Frontier's. Just after the Red Hawks finished their match,
Barnstable took the court for the Division I final. Frontier defeated Barnstable in five sets last month - on the road, no less.
"It has not sunk in," MacDonald said, "going undefeated with the kind of schedule we put together."
Swansea's Case girls fall short in Division 3 volleyball championship match, look
ahead to next year
By Greg Sullivan
Herald News Staff Reporter
NORTHBORO — Case had to modify its mantra.
By the end of Saturday’s match, instead of singing “Sweet repeat,” the Cardinals were saying “Next year it’s ours.”
Frontier Regional, every bit as good as billed, roadblocked Case High’s School’s plans for a second straight Division 3 volleyball
championship. Showing it has much more than superstar Cassidy Stankowski — who was a monster — the Red Hawks (26-0) proved
emphatically that 2010 is their year with a 25-15 25-12 25-11 sweep in the state final at Algonquin Regional High School.
“They’re unbelievable,” Case middle Briana Sousa said. “Cassidy was on today. And they have two new hitters. One’s a setter, the other’s an
opposite hitter. They were phenomenal.
“We played as best as we could. They’re just a better team. I can accept that because they’re unbelievable. We played a great game and I’m
happy for them.”
“They’re absolutely flawless. We couldn’t do anything to stop them,” opposite Danielle Robillard said. “And I just give them credit for working
that hard and being such a great team.”
“I’m going to give it up to them. They were a good team,” Case outside Jenn Cabral said. “The team didn’t really revolve around (Stankowski).”
“Wow. That’s all I can say, is wow,” Case libero Kaylee Leduc said. “They picked up everything and pretty much all of them can slam the ball
“They were phenomenal,” Case middle Shannon Orton said. “They have an all-around good team. They pretty much have no weak points.”
These quoted Case player — all starters — share many traits, including being gracious in defeat. But there’s something else they have in
common. In fact, the entire team has it in common.
None of them are seniors.
This team that went 23-2 with its only losses to Frontier and Division 1 finalist Barnstable is stocked with underclassmen. All the starters and
key players, except for sophomore Robillard, are juniors.
And yes, the Cardinals have already re-set their sites on next year.
“We really need to do it next year,” Leduc said. “I know we can.”
“We’re not losing anyone and they (Frontier) are,” setter Megan Armburg said.
Middle Shannon Orton said the Cardinals lived up to their pre-game promise to “Play with heart, play with pride,” and she, too, is already
excited about next volleyball season, even though there’s winter track and softball and a summer of beach volleyball in the nearer future.
“We have a lot to improve on,” Orton said. “There’s always room for improvement. And it’s really exciting that we’re not losing anybody on this
team. We’re all juniors and sophomores so it’s going to be great to have another season with everyone.”
“I can’t complain,” Case coach Denise Levesque said. “The team that I have is awesome with no seniors at all. I just can’t wait for next year. We’
re just going to be 10 steps higher than we are this year.
“These girls played great. They played great. They had an amazing season.”
It wouldn’t shock many to see Case and Frontier hook it up again, in the 2011 state final.
“We have next year,” Case junior outside Linsay Boulay said. “We’re going to be the better team.”
Case Cardinals fall in state volleyball final to Frontier Regional
By Mike Thomas
Herald News Sports Editor
NORTHBORO - In volleyball terms, the Case Cardinals were killed.
Katy Daniels recorded a game-high 17 kills and teammate Cassidy Stankowski added 13 more as Frontier Regional made quick work of the
Case Cardinals on Saturday in the Division 3 state volleyball finals at Algonquin Regional High School.
The Red Hawks won 25-15, 25-12 and 25-11, capping an undefeated season at 26-0.
"Wherever we put the ball, they were there," said Case coach Denise Levesque, whose team suffered just its second loss of the season. "We
knew they were going to be tough and we knew we had to be flawless against them."
Frontier, which lost to Case 3-1 in the state semifinals a year ago, was the team that was nearly flawless, jumping out to a quick 13-5 lead to
set the tone for the afternoon. The Red Hawks scored five of those 13 points off impressive kills.
"I wouldn't say we were intimidated, but we were taken aback a little because we had never faced a team like this before," said Case middle
hitter Shannon Orton.
"After the first game, we were able to see what they were doing and we had to find a way to adapt. It came down to playing flawless and they
didn't make mistakes."
After the Red Hawks claimed a 17-6 lead, the Cards showed signs of life when Megan Armburg served the next five points, including a pair of
aces, to get the Cards within striking distance at 17-11.
A Daniels kill halted the Case run, setting the stage for an 8-4 run which close out Game 1. Fittingly, the game ended with Daniels' sixth kill.
"After the first game, I told them our volleyball IQ had to be a little bit higher," Levesque said. "This is one of the best, if not the best, team in
the state. We scrimmage New Bedford all the time. We played Barnstable. Those are two very good Division 1 schools and they beat them
"We were very concerned about Case," said Frontier coach Sean MacDonald. "They're the defending state champs. They're well-coached and
they're very talented. We were a lot better today than we were the last time we saw them."
Case scored the first three points of Game 2 and held a 4-1 lead before Frontier staged an 11-2 run to claim a 12-6 lead.
Stankowski was responsible for the final three points of that spurt, recording a block, a dink and a thunderous kill.
Case got back within three at 12-9 on a Danielle Robillard ace, but another Stankowski kill triggered a 9-2 run that put Game 2 out of reach at
Six-foot middle hitter Kelsey Abramson recorded a pair of blocks to open Game 3 and that was followed by a kill each from Daniels and
Stankowski, giving the Red Hawks a 4-0 lead.
Case made it 6-4 after an Orton block and a rare error by Frontier, but the Cards were outscored 9-2 as Frontier had a 15-6 cushion and
were never in any danger.
The Cardinals finished at 23-2 and remarkably did it without a senior on the roster.
"We're all kind of in the same boat," Orton said. "We don't have a senior out there, but I consider myself a leader on the court. We have some
sophomores out there and they are what I was last year, so I try to help them out.
"I think (Frontier) is the best team in the entire state. They are great all around. I expect to see them again next year. We have a whole season
together again next year. If we continue to work hard, we'll be right back here next year."
Frontier justice on court
By Dan Keats
Sunday, November 21, 2010
NORTHBORO - The best volleyball team in the state just might reside out on the frontier of the Commonwealth.
Frontier rolled to a 25-15, 25-12, 25-11 win over Case in the Division 3 state final at Algonquin Regional yesterday, to finish off a 26-0 season
and get a bit of revenge from a semifinal loss a year ago.
The difference between the two matches was that the Red Hawks had senior twins Tori and Katy Daniels. Tori starts at setter, while Katy teams
with sophomore Cassidy Stankowski to form a devastating 1-2 hitting combination.
Last year the girls were forced to sit out after transferring from South Hadley, where they moved after the family relocated from Phoenix, to the
South Deerfield school by the school choice program.
“Ever since we found out we couldn’t play, we’ve been working and working,” said Tori Daniels, who finished with 35 assists, the vast majority
on balls put down by her sister and Stankowski. “A little more than a year to get here, but this is where we wanted to be.”
According to Case coach Denise Levesque, the presence of Tori Daniels was the biggest difference from last year, with the Daniels sisters
having to serve as managers when the Cardinals won 3-1 in the state semifinals.
“She’s a strong setter, she’s a quick setter, she’s a smart setter,” Levesque said. “The setter is the quarterback of your team, and if the setter
is extremely strong, it’s going to be really difficult to beat a team like that.”
After only losing one senior from the last year’s squad, Frontier was the more experienced side, and facing the team that knocked them out
only provided motivation to a team that defeated defending Div. 1 state champ New Bedford twice and Div. 1 finalist Barnstable once during
the regular season. They also defeated three-time Div. 2 state champion Medfield in an exhibition.
“I don’t know how the rest of the day is going to go, but we just beat the Div. 3 state champs; and if Medfield wins, we beat them in their
tournament; and if Barnstable wins, we beat them in Barnstable,” said Frontier coach Sean MacDonald, before Barnstable and Medfield went
on to win their respective state titles. “I think we’re definitely one of the best teams in the state.”
Stankowski, one of the rare sophomore captains in the state, brought power to the game on nearly every hit. She proved to be a dangerous
threat coming out of the back row as well as at the net, except when delivering a delicate tip over the block. She finished with 17 kills, while
Katy Daniels added 18.
Frontier led wire-to-wire in the opening and closing games, and its biggest deficit of the second game was three points at 4-1.
Frontier turns tables on Case
By Liz Torres and Dave Carty
Globe Correspondents / November 21, 2010
NORTHBOROUGH — When Medfield High volleyball coach Jack Hastings boarded the team bus to Algonquin Regional High School, he quickly noticed the signs.
It was the coach’s 60th birthday and the girls hadn’t forgotten. It took just minutes for the team to hang up the signs and sing Happy Birthday, but an entire season — an undefeated 25-0 one
at that — to deliver his gift.
The Medfield Warriors celebrated the sixth state title during Hastings’s reign with a 3-0 victory over Fairhaven in the Division 2 state championship, winning, 25-14, 26-24, and 25-18.
The Blue Devils (20-3) largely matched Medfield, as evidenced by a hit-for-hit second game and ties of 12-12 in the first and 14-14 in the third. Junior middle blocker Kara Charette peppered
the Medfield girls throughout, blasting 19 kills. The plan to defend against Charette was designed to alter her thinking, not that of the Warriors.
“I’m not going to take my team out of what they need to do,’’ said Hastings. “I told these kids, ‘We’re not going to make major adjustments to play anybody because we’re the defending state
When the tension built, Medfield lifted its game while Fairhaven crumbled. After the 12-12 tie in Game 1, Natalie Gill rattled off four straight service points, followed by a seven-point run by
Julia Basiliere, who later notched the winning serve.
Senior Natalie Dickinson (17 kills) used every inch of her 6-foot-plus height and increasingly refined skills to combat Charette’s missiles. Co-captain Hannah Donnelly was a dig machine,
setting up chances for co-captain Kathleen Krah and Rachel Wyman throughout. But for the team that earned its third straight state title, there were no individual recognitions.
“They’ve had this goal in mind all year long and I never had set it,’’ said Hastings. “I told them once in practice toward the end, ‘My birthday is the 20th. I want a birthday present.’ ’’
MIAA Division 3 Frontier 3, Case 0 — After years of being eliminated from the state tournament semifinals, Frontier Regional got a new
perspective yesterday in its 3-0 win over defending state champion Case, 25-15, 25-12, 25-11, clinching its first Division 3 state championship
Frontier lost to the Cardinals last year, 3-1, in the state semifinals.
Sophomore Cassidy Stankowski was unstoppable the entire match, forcing the Cardinals to put up a triple block in the fourth set, during which
she was blocked three straight times. But Stankowski towered over to break through the Cardinals’ defense to set up her team for game point
with the Red Hawks thrashing in another kill, 25-11.
The power hitting of senior Katy Daniels (18 kills) and Stankowski (17 kills) extended a Red Hawks’ 18-11 lead with the team’s fluid and speedy
movement, overwhelming the Cardinals, 25-15.
Case High School volleyball team is underdog in match against Frontier
By Greg Sullivan
Herald News Staff Reporter
SWANSEA — It’s not a first.
Once before this season, Case was cast in the role of underdog. It was last month when Barnstable came to town.
Now, 12 matches later, Case gets to play a volleyball match where it is not the favorite.
Even though the Cardinals are 23-1. Even though they are the defending state champions. Even though they return many of the top players
from 2009. And even though they are among the most respected programs in the state.
Frontier Regional (25-0) rolls into today’s Division 3 state championship match — at noon at Algonquin High School in Northboro — not only
undefeated but owner of some eye-catching nonleague wins. This is in contrast to a year ago, when Frontier was undefeated but untested
when it faced Case in the state semifinals and lost 3-1 (23-25, 25-19, 25-19, 26-24).
This year, the Red Hawks own wins over Division 1 superpowers Barnstable, this year’s state finalist; New Bedford, the 2009 state champion
and 2010 South finalist; and Division 2 power Longmeadow. Barnstable defeated case 3-0 in Swansea.
In games this season, the Red Hawks are 75-3.
Also in contrast to a year ago, they are deeper and more balanced. And for good measure, they beat Case in two games at the Hall of Fame
round-robin exhibition tournament in Holyoke.
“I have no problem being the underdogs,” Case coach Denise Levesque said. “I think we were underdogs last year, not going into the state
final, but the whole season we were underdogs because I don’t think many people believed the team we had could get as far as we did
because we had so many young players.”
Can Case stack up to the 2010 Frontier juggernaut?
“Of course Case can play with us,” Frontier coach Sean MacDonald said. “Case is the state champion. Case plays stellar defense. We are
taking Case deadly serious.”
Case junior libero Kaylee Leduc had a season-high 25 digs in the semifinals against Lynnfield. She may to exceed that total if Case is to
“I’m scared, but you’ve just got to let those fears go and just go all for it,” she said.
Leduc said the Cardinals were a bit surprised by the Red Hawks in Holyoke.
“They got a lot better than they were last year, definitely,” she said. “We weren’t expecting them to be that good. They won the whole
tournament, and we really had a bad day. So they kind of left thinking they’re so much better than us. But I know we can do it.”
Frontier sophomore Cassidy Stankowski, an all-around dynamo, had a team-high 173 kills on just 299 attacks, a remarkable kill percentage of
48.2. Senior Katy Daniels has 163 kills on 398 attacks.
Stankowski has been nursing a late-season leg injury, one that coach Sean MacDonald said should not be a factor. “She’s fine,” he said.
“I’m not scared. I’m more excited because it’s going to be a really big challenge,” Case junior setter Megan Armburg said. “We’re well prepared
for that challenge.
“Our defense just has to be amazing. She’s an outstanding hitter. She can go anywhere she wants, and we’ve just got to be ready to dive, get
the ball up, do whatever it takes,” Armburg said.
Armburg said the Holyoke losses to Frontier mean nothing now.
“No. That is in the past. And that was just not our day,” she said, laughing. “We’re going to play awesome.”
Case junior Jenn Cabral, Case’s outside, sounded ready to take her best shot at Frontier.
“I’m not scared. I have confidence in us girls,” she said. “Yes, they did beat Barnstable. They beat New Bedford. But we’re a good team. We’re
up for the challenge.”
“We’re a very strong offensive team. We’re a very strong defensive team,” Levesque said. “We’ve been able to compete against the best
teams — New Bedford, and Barnstable as well. We’ve been able to compete against some strong teams in tournament. And some good teams
during the season — Fairhaven (Division 2 finalist). I think we have every right to be in there to compete against them. And we have every
right to try to beat them.”
Frontier Regional High School favored to take state title in volleyball
match against Case High School
By Greg Sullivan
Herald News Staff Reporter
Posted Nov 18, 2010 @ 11:00 PM
SWANSEA — Frontier comes into Saturday’s volleyball showdown with Case High School pressure treated.
And that’s something the Red Hawks couldn’t truthfully say a year ago, when they fell 3-1 in the state Division 3 semifinals.
This year’s match, set for noon Saturday at Algonquin Regional in Northboro, is for the state championship.
It’s the state title Case is defending. And it’s the state title Frontier (25-0) is favored to capture.
A year ago, the Red Hawks came into the state semifinals undefeated, but their resume wasn’t very impressive. They had not been in a tight
match with top-notch team, and Case prevailed 23-25, 25-19, 25-19, 26-24.
“The state semifinals were the first time we were challenged,” coach Sean MacDonald said. “That’s not a good time to figure out how your team’
s going to react to adversity.”
Determined not to let that happen again, MacDonald for 2010 pasted together an arduous nonleague schedule that had the Red Hawks facing
defending Division 2 West champion Longmeadow, defending Division 1 champion New Bedford and perennial Division 1 power Barnstable.
Frontier won them all while dropping a total of two games in the process. Both of those game losses came at Barnstable where — after a 3-
hour bus rise — the Red Hawks prevailed 3-2 after a tough Game 4 loss.
Barnstable is the only team to beat Case (23-1).
“The Barnstable game could have gone either way,” MacDonald said. “New Bedford the same thing. The difference between three games and
five games sometimes isn’t that much.”
Frontier also played in the Hall of Fame round robin in Holyoke, a serious exhibition tourney that included New Bedford, Barnstable and Case.
The Red Hawks won that one, beating Case in two games in pool play.
For the year, Frontier has won 75 games and lost three.
A year ago, Case had to overcome a scrappy Frontier team that featured a then fabulous freshman Cassidy Stankowski. The Red Hawks lost
only one senior to graduation and this year are considerably more balanced.
Stankowski, a sophomore, is back and her great all-around game is something to behold. The most conspicuous new faces belong to senior
twins Tori and Katy Daniels. Tori is the primary setter, Kate an outside hitter and setter.
They’ve helped take the Red Hawks to a new frontier.
The Daniels sisters are transfers from South Hadley High School, leading some to believe they were either recruited or made the choice simply
for volleyball. MacDonald said neither scenario is accurate.
“They went to South Hadley,” he said, “and they hated it.”
South Hadley High School was bathed in the national media spotlight early this year, when bullying (taunting and physical threats), most of it
done on school grounds, allegedly led to freshman student Phoebe Prince taking her own life Jan. 14.
That episode led to nine teenagers being criminally charged. The charges included statutory rape, violation of civil rights, criminal harassment
and disturbing a school assembly.
By the time of Prince’s death, MacDonald said, the Daniels were already well-settled at Frontier Regional. In fact, they were students there last
fall when Case defeated Frontier, but the twins were ineligible to play because of Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association rules.
MacDonald said some questioned the Daniels’ reason for transferring, suspecting it was all about volleyball, but “when the girl killed herself,
their stories started to become more believable.”
MacDonald confessed he himself at first had doubts about the Daniels’ motives, “but not after I got down and listened to their unscripted
Case vs. Frontier is one of three state championship matches Saturday at Algonquin. The other two include teams from Case’s schedule.
At 3 p.m., Barnstable plays Lincoln-Sudbury for the Division 1 crown. At 6 p.m., Case’s South Coast Conference rival Fairhaven meets
Medfield for the Division 2 title.
Barnstable comeback earns final berth
By Liz Torres
Globe Correspondent / November 18, 2010
It’s deja vu all over again for Barnstable as the Red Raiders made it to the championship game after a remarkable comeback to shut down Andover, 3-2, last night in the Division 1 state
semifinal, 15-25, 23-25, 25-20, 29-27, 15-9.
“This team has never quit. We came back from huge deficits during the season but this team never quits,’’ said Red Raiders coach Tom Turco. “I couldn’t be prouder. I’m looking forward to
getting back to the finals.’’
After being down, 2-1, the Red Raiders (20-2) charged up their offense and coverage to lead the fifth set, 13-8, with a kill from middle hitter Kaylee Deluga before a timeout.
The Red Raiders then made a tip behind a double block, 14-8, and watched as outside hitter Carolyn Morin hit a spike past two players for game point.
In the first set, the Golden Warriors (24-1) set up strong coverage behind Deluga’s spikes for a 7-3 lead to push the Red Raiders into two timeouts as Deluga landed badly on her left ankle to
take her out of the set as the Golden Warriors won, 25-15.
“I was just like, oh my gosh, this better not be serious, but all the girls were fine without me and pulled it together,’’ said Deluga.
Deluga (21 kills) returned in the second set to help pick up the offense to come close, 22-21, but ultimately junior Elise Brogan ended the set with a kill, 25-23.
The third set marked the Red Raiders’ comeback as the Golden Warriors watched a lead get cut on growing errors, to fall, 20-25.
In a point-for-point duel in the fourth set, the Golden Warriors came back after being down, 13-7, with a tip from senior Moira Cronin, to lead, 25-24, but could not stop Morin (five kills), who
smacked down a kill, 28-27, as the Golden Warriors missed a hit, 29-27. Sophomore Kayla Crook had a bad fall on a shoulder and was subbed out but came back in.
Opposite Sarah Colby racked up three kills and five aces and middle hitter Aine Cole added 11 kills. Outside hitter Regan Bristol contributed eight kills.
The Red Raiders move on to the Division 1 final against Lincoln-Sudbury Saturday at Algonquin Regional.
MIAA Division 1 semifinal
Lincoln-Sudbury 3, North Quincy 1 — Lincoln-Sudbury coach Judy Katalina is sure that this is the year.
And why not? Wins like last night’s Division 1 semifinal tilt over North Quincy has a way of inspiring confidence.
The Warriors (21-1), a perennial power, inched closer to an elusive state trophy last night, defeating North Quincy, 3-1 (25-9, 25-14, 25-27, 25-14), at Milford High. L-S will face Barnstable on
Led by seniors Kayla Ngan (34 assists) and Lindsey Jones (seven kills, six aces), L-S took control early and coasted to the victory. Sophomore Alex Braverman notched a match-high 12 kills.
“We’ve been close before,’’ said Katalina. “But we’re playing as well as we’ve ever played.’’
The Warriors stormed out of the gate behind strong serving by Jones and Meagan Simons, to a 25-9 Game 1 win, and kept the pressure on in the second game, winning, 25-14, to seize
control of the match.
Facing elimination, the Raiders (20-5) mustered their forces in Game 3, 27-25.
But L-S quickly doused any momentum shift, opening up a 14-3 advantage in Game 4, as the Raiders again struggled with Simons’s serve.
MIAA Division 3 semifinal Frontier 3, Millis 0
— It took less than an hour for the Red Hawks to show why they belong in the state final of the Division 3 tournament after
sweeping the Mohawks.
The Red Hawks’ star player, sophomore Cassidy Stankowski, led the team with 14 kills and five aces. Sophomore Tori Whitney
(really Tori Daniels) and senior captain Kendra Ouimette dominated on defense with six digs apiece.
“The girls have great team chemistry and this was a great win,’’ said Red Hawks coach Sean MacDonald after winning, 25-9, 25-
12, and 25-8.
Frontier will play Case in the final. Last season the Red Hawks lost to the Lady Cardinals and the coach said it is still fresh in the
Globe correspondents Jeff Schaible and Liz Cohen contributed to this report.
Frontier Regional 3, Millis 0: Frontier justice
By Scott Shalachman/Daily News correspondent
The MetroWest Daily News
BOLTON — The Millis girls volleyball team won't forget its Cinderella run anytime soon.
But every great story must end, and it came for Millis last night.
Frontier Regional swept the Mohawks 3-0 (25-9, 25-12, 25-9) in the Division 3 state semifinals and will play Case for the state championship
on Saturday at Algonquin Regional.
The 12th and final seed out of the West sectional, the Mohawks (11-14) slayed two previously unbeaten teams to reach the semis. They beat
second-seeded Ayer - which had been 20-0 - in three games in the sectional final to reach the state semis and hadn't lost a set in the state
tournament coming into last night's match.
The same however, could be said about the Red Hawks, who are now 25-0.
"It's unfortunate that we lost today," said Millis senior captain Natalie Dostoomian. "But I'm so proud of our girls. We never gave up out there.
We left it all out on the floor, so even with the loss, we can still hold our heads high."
Frontier's victory was fairly one-sided. The Red Hawks constantly set themselves up with perfect passes for their power game, which was too
much for Millis to handle.
"We know Frontier is one of the best in the state," said Millis coach Lisa White. "It stinks to lose and get knocked out, but they are such a
talented and well-coached team it's hard to get upset when you lose a battle to a team that deserves to be where it is."
She later added, "I thought we were ready coming in. We prepared to play our game. We didn't want to worry about their players, we just
wanted to focus on our game and our tools. The girls were excited coming into the game, (but) today just wasn't our day."
In the opening game, Frontier jumped out to an early 5-1 lead and never looked back. Sophomore Cassidy Stankowski (20 service points, 14
kills, 5 aces) was a stalwart throughout for the Red Hawks.
In the second game, Frontier senior Angelica Perfido scored five straight points to get the Red Hawks rolling. After exchanging points back and
forth, Stankowski recorded seven straight service points to push Frontier's lead from 9-8 to 17-8 to propel the Red Hawks to their closest
game of the match - but still by a wide margin.
"Even though they lost today, they kept fighting," Frontier coach Sean MacDonald said of Millis. "They played hard out there and gave us
some different looks on defense. Having played such great teams such as Medfield and Marlborough, we knew that they would be ready
coming in, and they were."
Frontier jumped out to leads of 6-2 and 10-4 in the final game, and then went on an 11-2 run to essentially end the match.
The Mohawks' Pam Knight (5 assists, 2 kills, 1 dig) and Jocelyne Norton (6 kills, 2 blocks) stood out in the losing effort.
Millis was also looking to get back to the state championship for the first time since winning it all back in 2008.
"We had a really good season," said senior Taylor Hunt. "We went through some tough times and had a long losing streak during the regular
season, but we came together when it counted most. Even though our season ended today, I can't say that I'm upset with the way we lost.
"We gave it our all against a really good team."
Frontier defeats Millis 3-0 in Division III state volleyball semifinal
Jason Remillard, November 17, 2010 9:30 p.m.
BOLTON - Some teams have a premonition that this is going to be their night.
Sometimes it's a good warmup or just a general feel that all is right.
For the Frontier Regional School volleyball team, their moment came on the bus ride to Wednesday's Division III state semifinal. A more
pumped-up squad than usual made a boisterous trip from South Deerfield to Nashoba Regional High School.
Once there, the Red Hawks put on their usual show, dominating Sophomore All-State outside hitter Cassidy Stankowski led the Red Hawks
with 14 kills and five aces.
"We cheer before every game on the bus, and this was probably the loudest I've heard us cheer," Stankowski said. "It definitely showed on the
court. We brought that energy with us."
The Red Hawks (25-0) will take on Joseph Case of Swansea (22-0) in the state final Saturday at noon at Algonquin Regional High School in
Northborough. Case, which beat Lynnfield in Tuesday's other semifinal, defeated Frontier in last year's state semifinal at Ashland.
A victory Saturday wouldn't just break a school record for victories, it would give Frontier its third state title - first since back-to-back titles in
2005 and 2006. The Red Hawks have not been to a final since losing to North Reading in 2007.
"It feels like it's about time," said senior libero Kendra Ouimette, who was a freshman in 2007. "We've worked hard for it. We put a lot of energy
into it this year, and it's been our goal since day one."
Frontier sustained its energy throughout all three sets to show that its 3-0 win over Millis in the regular season was no fluke. The third set saw
the Red Hawks really use Stankowski's strengths - spiking and serving. She had three straight aces at one point and several of her signature
booming spikes, including the one that sealed the match with a 25-10 win.
Stankowski, who was a seventh-grader on the 2007 team, really benefited from the match being pushed back a day. She has been recovering
from shin splints, but it's safe to say she's pretty much all the way back.
"The extra day really helped us. It gave us another day to smooth things out," Stankowski said. "I think I'm starting to make my way back."
Katy Daniels had 12 kills, while Kelsey Abramson had nine kills in one of her best performances of the season. Courtney Parent and Angelica
Perfido also had standout efforts.
The match started about 15 minutes late after Millis was late to arrive. Frontier was quick to show up for this one, however. The Red Hawks
dominated in typical fashion to take a 25-9 victory. Stankowski uncorked a few spikes, while Abramson also had a stellar first-set showing.
In set two, the Mohawks showed flashes of the brilliance that allowed them to win the Central Massachusetts championship despite a 7-13
regular season record. However, the Red Hawks closed the set on a 15-4 run to take a 25-12 win. Tori Daniels and Abramson teamed up for a
block for set point.
Millis (11-14) is seemingly the opposite of Frontier. While Frontier has to schedule tough non-league matches to test itself, every night in the
Tri-Valley League is a battle for the Mohawks, who play mostly Division II powerhouses like Medfield twice a season.
"It's good to be going back," Frontier coach Sean MacDonald said. "We felt like, not last year but the year before (2008, which lost to North
Reading in the state semis), we had the team to do it."
Stankowski rises to the occasion for Red Hawks
By JIM PIGNATIELLO
Thursday, November 18, 2010
After sitting out three early postseason games with shin splints, Frontier Regional volleyball standout Cassidy Stankowski still isn't quite 100
But she sure looked it in Wednesday's state Division 3 semifinal, even to the most familiar eyes.
"I didn't notice anything different," coach Sean MacDonald said. "She looked great."
Stankowski, a sophomore captain, was dominant with 14 kills, nine digs, five aces and numerous "wow" plays that drew murmurs from the
crowd as the Red Hawks defeated central Mass. champion Millis 3-0 at Nashoba Regional.
"I'm still a little sore," Stankowski said after the match, which her team won 25-9, 25-12, 25-9 to advance to Saturday's state title match against
Case (22-0) at Algonquin Regional in Northborough at noon. "I didn't feel any pain (during the match). The adrenaline took care of it."
Stankowski sat out the entire WMass first round, a 3-0 win against Belchertown, and quarterfinals, 3-0 over Ware. She played just one point in
the 3-0 semifinal over Turners Falls.
"It was hard, but I knew my teammates could do it, so I just cheered as loud as I could," she said. "They did a great job."
MacDonald said the decision didn't make him popular with Stankowski, already in her fourth year on varsity, but that it was the right move.
"That's a kid that doesn't like to miss volleyball matches," he said. "But we felt we had the depth to advance to a certain point while giving her
some rest. A lot of kids stepped up and it worked out. She looked terrific" Wednesday.
Stankowski played the full match in the sectional finals, recording 15 kills in Saturday's 3-0 win over Wahconah for the team's sixth-straight
western Mass. title.
On Wednesday, she showed off her multitude of skills, blasting thunderous kills, chasing down digs all over the gym and, in the third set,
unleashing a jump-serve that Millis had no chance of returning.
"She's definitely one of the best all-around players in the state," MacDonald said. "There might be one person that might be a stronger hitter
than her, but I don't think there's anyone with the all-around game she has. And we didn't even see her set. She's pretty good at that, too."
Stankowski had already helped put her team well in control with wins in the first two sets when she went to the service line with Frontier leading
11-4 in the final set.
That's when she flipped the ball high in the air, leaped and smashed it just over the net with a wicked spin. The first one, which fell in for an
ace, drew an audible reaction from the crowd. So did the second, third and fourth - all aces.
"It's all in the toss," Stankowski said as the key to her jump serve. "I've been struggling with it since I started trying to jump serve, so we've
been working on getting my toss down."
Finally, her fifth serve got too much of the net and ended the rally at 15-5, but Frontier cruised to the sweep and clinched a spot in the finals.
"I have so many feelings right now. We've worked so hard for this and I'm so happy for my teammates," Stankowski said. "We're pumped for
Red Hawks seeking perfection, state championship
By JIM PIGNATIELLO
SOUTH DEERFIELD - The Frontier Regional girls volleyball team has been making quick work of its opponents all postseason.
The Red Hawks, who have been knocking opponents out in less than an hour, are expecting Saturday's state Division 3 championship match
to take a bit longer.
Frontier (25-0) looks to cap a historically dominant campaign with a state title against Case (22-0) of Swansea at Algonquin Regional in
Northborough at noon.
"We need to keep our composure," Red Hawks coach Sean MacDonald said. "Case plays very good defense. That's kind of their trademark. I
don't think they have the firepower we have, but they keep a lot of balls off the floor.
"We just have to be mentally and physically prepared that the points are going to last longer. It's not going to be a 51-minute match. We're
going to have to swing three or four times to put the ball down."
That certainly hasn't been the case for the Red Hawks so far this postseason, as the squad rolled to its sixth-straight western Mass. title while
barely breaking a sweat. The trend continued in Tuesday's 3-0 shellacking of Millis in the state semifinals, which propelled Frontier back to the
"We've been working so hard the last three years to get back to this point," said senior captain Kendra Ouimette, whose squad had fallen in
the state semis in 2008 and 2009. "To get back to (the finals) in the role that I have with the team feels really good. The hard work has paid
Case eliminated the Red Hawks from last year's tournament with a 3-1 win in the semifinals.
"It would be a sweet revenge," Ouimette said. "That definitely gives us an extra incentive to work really hard. We are all looking forward to it. It
was a hard loss last year. It would be awesome to win this one."
Frontier got a bit of revenge during the Volleyball Hall of Fame Spalding Showcase of Champions on Oct. 9, defeating the Cardinals in pool
play. The Red Hawks went on to win the event.
"We definitely have the potential, but we need to have the mental toughness," junior middle hitter Kelsey Abramson said. "That's what we need
to focus on. That's where we went down last year."
With the recent struggles in the state tournament in mind, MacDonald put together one of the most difficult schedules imaginable for his team
"We knew that, along with adding (senior transfers Katy and Tori Daniels), we had all but one player coming back and that we were going to be
better," he said. "For the last couple years, we've gotten to the state tournament and then fell part. So we wanted to challenge ourselves and I
think we did. We've played pretty much the who's who of the state."
The Red Hawks responded with an incredible performance, including wins over Division 1 finalist Barnstable and a victory over D-2 finalist
Medfield. The latter was in the title game of Medfield's own playdate.
"I don't think it was in anybody's plan or prediction that we would play Barnstable, New Bedford and two tournaments and win all four,"
MacDonald said. "That was not foreseeable. And really, that Barnstable match and the New Bedford match, even though it was 3-0, could
have gone either way."
Ouimette said the team was ready after playing that run of games.
"This is by far the hardest schedule that I've played her," Ouimette said. "The fact that we've come through and stepped up when we have to
shows a lot of work and focus for the entire team."
Frontier wins sixth straight Western
Massachusetts Division III volleyball championship
Jason Remillard, November 13, 2010 7:11 p.m.
HOLYOKE - The 2010 Western Massachusetts Division III volleyball final will be
remembered for a moment that didn't necessarily determine the outcome of the
Instead, it was a moment that showed just how close the Frontier Regional School
At the start of Saturday's second set, Frontier coach Sean MacDonald let injured
player Megan Sullivan take the first serve. With a torn left ACL and MCL, the junior
would have to clear the court if the point was contested.
Luckily for her, the serve fell in for an ace. A few minutes later her teammates
defeated Wahconah Regional 3-0 to clinch the school's sixth consecutive sectional
"I was so nervous, but I'm really happy that my coach decided to do that," said
Sullivan, who injured her knee early in Frontier's big victory over New Bedford last
Sullivan was in uniform, with a bandage around her knee. Only the players and
MacDonald knew she would be more than a spectator.
"Megan worked so hard last year and in the offseason to get herself into a starting
role," MacDonald said. "It was just really disappointing to see. She missed a lot of the
season with mono, then came back (right before the injury)."
Frontier (24-0) will face a familiar foe in Tuesday's state semifinal at Nashoba
Regional High School in Bolton. Millis, which plays mostly Division II teams in the
tough Tri-Valley League, won the Central Massachusetts tournament after entering
with a 7-13 record. The Red Hawks downed the Mohawks (11-13) earlier this season,
and the teams also met in the 2007 state semis at Marlborough.
This is a different Millis team than the one that Frontier saw last month, and the Red
Hawks are aware of it.
"We're going to have to smooth some things out," said Cassidy Stankowski,
Frontier's two-time All-State outside hitter.
The Red Hawks weren't their sharpest against the Warriors, despite what the scores
may indicate. Wahconah (20-2) hung tough for most of the first set, taking advantage
of Frontier errors before the Red Hawks prevailed 25-14.
Those mistakes were minimized in the second, as Frontier cruised 25-7. The third set
saw Wahconah get to within 9-7 until Frontier began to pull away. The match was
clinched when a Wahconah serve hit the net for the deciding point.
"It's special to come back with new people every year," MacDonald said. "I think it
says something that we can play the way we did and still dominate."
Frontier volleyball to tangle with Wahconah in Division III Western
Jason Remillard, November 12, 2010 6:26 p.m.
There aren’t many more ways to describe how good the Frontier Regional School volleyball team is.
Awesome? Fun to watch? A clinic every time out? Triple check.
The Red Hawks will vie for their sixth consecutive Western Massachusetts Division III title at 4 p.m. Saturday against Wahconah Regional of
Dalton. Anyone looking to see one of the best success stories on the local school sports scene should be at Holyoke Community College to
see Frontier in action.
Even after five previous championships, winning doesn’t get old for Frontier coach Sean MacDonald.
“Each year is special,” said MacDonald, who has taken the Red Hawks to seven straight finals in his eight years as coach. “Every year, you go
with some new kids. We’re really excited to go back to defend the title.”
The top-seeded Red Hawks (23-0) have not faced the No. 3 Warriors (20-1) this season, so there could be an element of the unknown. Only
one of Frontier’s championships – last year against Lee – has been won against a Berkshire County team.
However, part of Frontier’s success story has been its tremendous focus.
“At the beginning of the season, we had a little talk about our goals, and one of them was mental strength,” senior outside hitter Holly DeWitt
said. “We know what we have to do, and that’s a big part of it.”
Frontier should have All-State sophomore outside hitter Cassidy Stankowski back from injury. An easy tournament run has given her a chance
Frontier advances to seventh straight Western Mass. Division III
Jason Remillard, November 10, 2010 10:15 p.m.
DEERFIELD - A look at the back of the players' warm-up T-shirts provides plenty of insight into why the Frontier Regional School volleyball
team is so dominant.
"Never let 'good enough' be enough," is emblazoned on the backs of the Red Hawks players as they take their pre-game bumps, serves and
That work ethic has made Novembers in South Deerfield quite an exciting time the past six seasons. Make that seven, as in the number of
Western Massachusetts Division III title matches the Red Hawks have qualified for following Wednesday's 3-0 semifinal victory over Turners
The top-seeded Red Hawks (23-0) will take on the winner of Wednesday's other semifinal, between No. 3 Wahconah and No. 2 Mount
Greylock, in the championship match at 4 p.m. Saturday at Holyoke Community College
A win against its Berkshire County opponent will give Frontier its sixth consecutive sectional title. Its last loss to a Western Mass. opponent
came against Turners Falls in the 2004 tournament final.
"We actually prepared like we treat any other team. We try not to know what to expect, like we've never played them before," senior outside
hitter Holly DeWitt said. "We all pulled through really well."
The front line of DeWitt, Courtney Parent (eight kills) and Kelsey Abramson (6.5 blocks) controlled the net as the Red Hawks won in impressive
"They stepped up and gave us a chance to rest Cassidy (Stankowski)," Frontier coach Sean MacDonald said of the trio.
After defeating state Division I powerhouses New Bedford and Barnstable and winning two prestigious playday tournaments, the task of coming
back to Earth, so to speak, against local competition is often just as big a test.
Having four players selected to the coaches' Division III All-State team doesn't hurt, either. Senior twins Katy and Tori Daniels join repeat
selections Cassidy Stankowski and Kendra Ouimette on this year's squad.
Frontier shook off a few unforced errors to dominate the first set. Courtney Parent closed it with back-to-back aces, the second one clipping
the top of the net and falling just over for set point.
The No. 4 Indians (14-5) did not go away easily, however, despite the scores. Faced with set point at 24-13, Turners made the second set
interesting until Katy Daniels (10 kills) spiked Frontier to a 25-18 win.
"Turners came to play," MacDonald said.
Stankowski was nothing more than a decoy in this one, as she continued her recovery from shin splints. She only came in for the final point of
the second set, while Parent, DeWitt and Abramson set the tone along the front line.
The Red Hawks simply put the match away in the third set, allowing only two brief Turners flurries before Katy Daniels again ended a set with a
strong spike to the back row.
Kelsey Waldron led the Indians' defense with 23 digs. Elysia O'llari added 11, while Emily Mailloux and Nicole Fuller had six apiece.
Frontier girls volleyball again top seed
By JIM PIGNATIELLO
Thursday, November 4, 2010
Once again, there was no drama regarding the top seed in the Western Massachusetts Division 3 Girls Volleyball Tournament this season.
Whether there will finally be drama in the actual tournament will be determined between now and the sectional finals on Nov. 13.
Frontier (20-0) is the five-time defending sectional champion and earned its seventh-straight No. 1 seed with its perfect regular season, which
included wins over numerous state powers.
"I'm happy with the way we've been playing lately," said coach Sean MacDonald, whose team won a playdate at Medfield over the weekend,
including a 2-0 victory over the host squad, which also went 20-0 during the regular season and is the top seed in Central Mass. Division 2.
"To beat Medfield on their floor after playing seven opponents all day, we're playing some really good volleyball."
The Red Hawks have won 93 straight games against teams from western Mass. and will look to add to the streak when it hosts No. 16
Belchertown (7-13) on Friday at 4 p.m.
Frontier is led by standout sophomore outside hitter Cassidy Stankowski (9.0 kills per match, 11.6 digs per match, 1.5 aces per match), senior
twin sisters Tory Daniels (18.3 assists, 5.1 digs) and Katy Daniels (6.8 kills, 4.7 digs) and senior Kendra Ouimette (5.7 digs, 1.8 aces).
"We just have to play our game and do our thing," MacDonald said. "We don't need to do anything different. We're playing really good
defense right now."
Longmeadow and Frontier secure top seeds in Western Massachusetts high
school volleyball tournaments
Jason Remillard, The Republican, November 04, 2010 8:40 a.m.
This year’s Western Massachusetts high school volleyball tournament is certainly a numbers game.
A whopping 16 teams qualified for the Division III bracket, which, combined with all the collegiate conference tournament matches taking place
this weekend, makes for a lot of volleyball – and a lot of officials that must be scheduled – across the region.
With no teams in Division III getting a first-round bye, the tournament commences Friday with eight matches. Even top-seed Frontier Regional
must play a first-round match to begin its quest for a sixth consecutive sectional championship.
“That’s definitely the most teams I’ve seen since I’ve been coaching at Frontier,” said Red Hawks coach Sean MacDonald, who is in his eighth
year at the helm in South Deerfield. “We’ve always had a bye in the first round.”
The Division II bracket has three-time defending champion Longmeadow on the top line in the 10-team field. A pair of play-in games will take
place Saturday, with quarterfinal action Tuesday.
“They took a lot of things into account,” Longmeadow coach George Mulry said of the scheduling process undertaken by tournament director
Debbie Loomer and her committee.
Once the first ball is served, though, all the energy turns to the on-court action. Frontier and Longmeadow are again the favorites to repeat,
although there are a few darkhorses.
In Division II, Mulry cites No. 4 Amherst and No. 5 Westfield – who play each other in the quarterfinals – as teams that could do damage, along
with No. 7 Agawam and No. 3 Chicopee Comp. Of course, No. 2 West Springfield poses perhaps the best chance to deny Longmeadow’s bid
for a fourth straight title.
“The thing we’re trying to guard against is feeling comfortable and safe with that No. 1 spot,” said Mulry, who has a team good enough to make
its first appearance in the state final.
The Division III field appears to be Frontier’s for the taking, although five teams from Berkshire County pose a bit of an unknown factor. Only a
few teams in the Pioneer Valley have played the Berkshire schools this season.
Five teams in Division III made the tournament by one game, while 7-13 Belchertown made it as the runner-up in its league.
No. 7 Sabis downed some tough competition – including No.¤2 Mount Greylock – to win last month’s Spalding Showcase of Champions.
At 20-0, however, the Red Hawks are poised for a sixth straight championship run – and perhaps a trip to their fourth state final in six seasons.
“I think everybody’s excited,” said MacDonald, whose team captured the championship at last Saturday’s tournament in Medfield. “We’re
playing really good volleyball.”
Championship matches are slated for Nov. 13 at the usual site – Holyoke Community College’s Bartley Center. The Division III final will be at 4
p.m., followed by the Division II tilt at 7.
Frontier girls volleyball caps perfect season
By THE DAILY HAMPSHIRE GAZETTE
Friday, October 29, 2010
The Frontier Regional girls volleyball team completed their third straight undefeated regular season with a 3-0 victory over Ware Thursday.
The Red Hawks (20-0) won 25-11, 25-15 and 25-14 in South Deerfield.
Frontier, which has won 93 straight games against teams from western Massachusetts, went 25-0 and won the state championship in 2005
and went 18-0 in both 2008 and 2009.
Holly DeWitt had nine kills and five aces, Jaclyn Parker had four kills, Katy Daniels had six kills and six aces, Tori Daniels had 21 assists,
Kendra Ouimette had three digs and Angelica Perfido 10 service points.
Red Hawks volleyball inch closer to undefeated regular season
By THE DAILY HAMPSHIRE GAZETTE
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
Frontier Regional 3, Mohawk 0 - The Red Hawks (19-0, 8-0 Northern) swept another opponent on the road, 25-3, 25-12, 25-11.
Melanie Abercrombie had 13 service points, three aces and three kills. Marie Wheeler had 13 assists and three kills, and Katie Daniels added
The Red Hawks will go for a perfect regular season when they host Ware Thursday night at 7 p.m. on senior night.
The Frontier Red Hawks: 18-0 and poised for another championship run
Published: Thursday, October 28, 2010, 7:40 AM Updated: Thursday, October 28, 2010, 8:55 AM
By Scott Coen
Death, Taxes, and the Frontier Volleyball team.
Pretty much says it all doesn't it?
Here in Western Mass we have Longmeadow football, Ludlow soccer, and Smith Academy field hockey. Those are the high school athletic
programs you can count on to not only win, but carry the WMass flag to points far and near.
These teams not only represent themselves, they represent all of us on high school fields from Pittsfield to Provincetown.
The same can be said, and then some, about the Frontier Red Hawk volleyball team.
The volleyball program, under the watchful eye of head coach Sean MacDonald just keeps getting better and better.
And of all the recent success this program has enjoyed, this years team may be one of the best yet.
From Sophomore Cassidy Stankowski, to the Daniels twins, Kati and Tori, to all-state performer Kendra Ouimette, the Red Hawks are a
powerhouse unmatched in high school volleyball circles.
This season they've already beaten state power Millis and defending state champion New Bedford. Frontier hasn't lost a home game since
early in the 2004 season.
There are seven seniors who will be honored tonight when Frontier plays host to Ware.
And while many senior athletes across the Pioneer Valley are getting ready to end their final seasons, the Super 7 at Frontier are about to
begin another championship run.
Frontier volleyball: Bring it on!
By JIM PIGNATIELLO
Sean MacDonald always tries to challenge his Frontier Regional girls volleyball team with the toughest possible independent games.
But this year's schedule is so brutal, even he can't believe his team is 16-0.
The Red Hawks had four open spots in their schedule this year and filled them with the three-time defending western Mass. Division 2
champions (Longmeadow), the 2008 state Division 3 champs (Millis), the defending state Division 1 champs (New Bedford) and another
perennial Division 1 powerhouse (Barnstable) that had won six straight state D-1 championships before last season.
Add in the Volleyball Hall of Fame Spalding Showcase of Champions, which included another match against both New Bedford and Barnstable
as well as 2009 Division 3 state finalist Case, and Frontier has been well-prepared for a run at its sixth-straight western Mass. Division 3 title
and, it hopes, even more.
"It's definitely the toughest schedule that we've had since I've been coaching here the last eight years," MacDonald said. "I can't imagine
anyone having a run tougher than the one we just had. To win them all was really not in the realistic play. We thought we'd put up a fight with
New Bedford and Barnstable and learn from it. (Winning) was over the rainbow. It was crazy good."
The Red Hawks, who won the hall of fame event, have put together an 89-game winning streak against western Mass. opponents after
knocking off Pioneer Regional on Wednesday.
But it was the team's 3-2 win over Barnstable on Oct. 15 that really pleased MacDonald.
"I'm thrilled with the Barnstable game and not even with the win," he said. "It was the perfect tournament tune-up for us. A lot of things
happened in that game that you have to deal with and overcome. It was a mental challenge as much as a physical one."
The team travelled to Hyannis for the game and faced a hostile crowd. Then, it appeared set to win the match in four games, but had what
MacDonald called a very close call go against it, giving the previously unbeaten Cape Cod school the fourth game and pushing the Red Hawks
to their first fifth game since the 2007 state final.
"You see a lot of teams lose that fourth game and are deflated in fifth game," he said. "We looked really good. I was pretty happy with the
mental toughness of the team in that situation.
"We don't get too many fifth games where you feel that pressure. To test ourselves before the western Mass. finals or state finals was big for
Varsity Voice Top Performers: Frontier Regional girls volleyball and Tori
Daniels emerging as one of Massachusetts' best
Published: Monday, October 18, 2010, 3:39 PM Updated: Monday, October 18, 2010, 6:31 PM
By Justin Felisko, MassLive.com
Tori Daniels helped the Frontier Regional girls volleyball team continue its dominance against state powers with 44 assists and 16 digs in the
Red Hawks 3-2 victory over Division I Barnstable.
Daniel's impact on the Frontier Regional girls volleyball team has been positive on the court as the Red Hawks have defeated some tough
competition statewide. Her performance on the court highlights this week's segment of the Varsity Voice Top Performers.
The senior had 31 assists in Frontier’s 3-0 victory over Central Massachusetts volleyball power Millis on Tuesday as the Red Hawks continue
to send statements to their opponents.
Frontier (14-0) has also defeated Division I state champion New Bedford this season.
Close call for Red Hawks girls volleyball
By THE DAILY HAMPSHIRE GAZETTE
Saturday, October 16, 2010
The Frontier Regional girls volleyball team played a fifth game for the first time since losing in the 2007 state final. But the Red Hawks avoided
the loss this time, edging perennial Division 1 powerhouse Barnstable 19-25, 25-18, 25-14, 24-26, 15-11 Friday in Barnstable.
Cassidy Stankowski led Frontier (14-0) with 25 kills, 22 digs and four blocks. Katie Daniels added 20 kills, 19 digs and two blocks while her
sister Tori Daniels had 44 assists and 16 digs.
The Cape Cod school, which had won six straight state Division 1 titles before last season, was undefeated entering the game. The Red
Raiders are now 11-1.
"This is a good experience for us," Frontier coach Sean MacDonald said. "It's good to get challenged, feel the pressure and come through."
Frontier girls volleyball takes 3-2 victory over Division I power
Barnstable to complete a tremendous eight-day stretch
Published: Friday, October 15, 2010, 9:55 PM Updated: Friday, October 15, 2010, 10:36 PM
By Jason Remillard, The Republican
The Division III Red Hawks capped a memorable week by defeating perennial Division I powerhouse Barnstable in five sets – 19-25, 25-18, 25-
14, 24-26, 15-11. Cassidy Stankowski led the way with 25 kills and 22 digs, all while fighting a cold.
Since last Friday, Frontier (14-0) has defeated defending Division I state champion New Bedford, won the Volleyball Hall of Fame Spalding
Showcase of Champions and upended Division III juggernaut Millis.
Add Barnstable – a team that had four consecutive unbeaten seasons from 2003-06 – to the list.
“To compete with the best teams in the state like we have, we’re all really proud of that,” Red Hawks coach Sean MacDonald said.
Katy Daniels racked up 20 kills and 19 digs, while twin sister Tori posted 44 assists and 16 digs. Kendra Ouimette added to the defensive
effort with 10 digs.
The unsung hero of this run, however, is Angelica Perfido. The senior stepped in at middle blocker after sophomore starter Megan Sullivan
suffered a knee injury in the first set of the New Bedford match.
“After that injury, to say the rest of it would unfold the way it has, I’d have said, ‘No way,’” MacDonald said.
Next week, Frontier gets back to likely finishing its Northern Division schedule on top for the seventh straight year. Even with three tremendous
victories under their belts, the Red Hawks will leave nothing to chance.
Attention to detail is a big reason why Frontier is going for its sixth consecutive Western Massachusetts Division III title and a potential third
“We’re going to take nobody for granted,” MacDonald said. “There are things that we still need to work on.”
Comments Feed redskin77 October 16, 2010 at 10:21AM
In 8 years of watching Frontier volleyball, this was the best performance yet ! The girls, and coaching staff worked overtime to overcome the
Barnstable powerhouse, in their loud house. Coach Sean has brought volleyball to another level, not just for Western Mass, but for the whole
state. I anxiously await Frontier capturing the State Title for D3, and expect Barnstable to take it in D1.
Frontier volleyball keeps rolling, sweeps Millis
By THE DAILY HAMPSHIRE GAZETTE
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
The Frontier Regional girls volleyball team showed no signs of a letdown following its extremely successful long weekend.
The Red Hawks defeated Millis 3-0 on Tuesday 25-12, 25-11, 25-12 to improve to 13-0 this season.
Cassidy Stankowski had seven kills and 10 digs. Courtney Parent recorded six kills. Tori Daniels had 31 assists.
Frontier recorded wins over state powers New Bedford (twice) and Case on Friday and Saturday and won the Volleyball Hall of Fame Spalding
Showcase of Champions.
The Red Hawks have lost just one game all season.
Frontier girls volleyball team downs Millis, 3-0, in potential state semifinal preview
Published: Tuesday, October 12, 2010, 9:06 PM Updated: Tuesday, October 12, 2010, 9:10 PM
By Jason Remillard, The Republican
The Frontier Regional School volleyball team is nearly done with its three-match swing against some of the top teams in the state, and what’s
left is the toughest one in the bunch.
The Red Hawks followed Friday’s victory over defending Division I state champion New Bedford with a 25-12, 25-11, 25-12 win Tuesday over
Central Massachusetts Division III powerhouse Millis.
While Millis is a bit down from recent years, the Mohawks are still favorites to win the Central Mass. tournament, setting up a potential rematch
with Frontier in the state semifinals.
“That’s a real possibility – assuming we don’t self-destruct in Western Mass.,” Frontier coach Sean MacDonald said.
Cassidy Stankowski led the Red Hawks (13-0) with seven kills and 10 digs. Courtney Parent added six kills, and Tori Daniels had 31 assists.
Next for Frontier is a road trip to Barnstable, to take on the perennial powerhouse Red Raiders. Frontier downed Barnstable in a one-set
match Saturday at the Volleyball Hall of Fame Spalding Showcase of Champions.
“We’re really looking forward to playing Barnstable,” MacDonald said. “We were pretty evenly matched at the Showcase.”
Frontier beats New Bedford again in Volleyball Hall of Fame
Spalding Showcase of Champions
Published: Saturday, October 09, 2010, 9:44 PM Updated: Saturday, October 09, 2010, 9:47 PM
By Jason Remillard, The Republican
The first time was no fluke, apparently.
Less than 24 hours after upsetting New Bedford, Frontier Regional School did it again Saturday. This time, it was in the Gold Bracket final at
the Volleyball Hall of Fame Spalding Showcase of Champions.
Just like Friday’s match in South Deerfield, the Red Hawks downed the Whalers in three sets. This time, however, it was a best-of-three match
and not a best-of-five.
Frontier reached the final by defeating state superpower Barnstable, 25-20, in a one-set semifinal. In pool play, the Red Hawks split with
Medfield and defeated Joseph Case of Swansea twice.
“We didn’t think the weekend could get much better after (Friday) night,” Frontier coach Sean MacDonald said. “We’re pretty pumped.”
While these tournament matches do not count toward a team’s record, they do go a long way in giving players experience. Twelve teams
started pool play at 9 a.m. at Holyoke Community College, with each school then being reseeded for single-elimination bracket play.
That gives players plenty of chances to make an impact. Frontier’s Holly DeWitt – a first-team All-Scholastic selection by The Republican last
season – did not even play Friday against New Bedford but earned her opportunity Saturday against the Whalers and capitalized on it.
“We got to play some different people, and Holly really stepped up in the finals,” MacDonald said.
Longmeadow, West Springfield and Minnechaug Regional were in the Silver Bracket. The Lancers and Terriers tied for seventh place overall,
while the Falcons finished in an 11th-place tie.
Twelve more schools from around New England will compete today, followed by a field of nine Western Massachusetts squads Monday.
Frontier girls volleyball defeats defending Division I state champion
New Bedford, 3-0
Published: Friday, October 08, 2010, 10:31 PM Updated: Friday, October 08, 2010, 10:34 PM
By Jason Remillard, The Republican
SOUTH DEERFIELD – It was going to take a tremendous effort for the Frontier Regional School volleyball team to successfully complete its
Even with two Division III state championships and five straight Western Massachusetts championships under their belts, the Red Hawks had
never faced a team with New Bedford’s resume. The defending Division I state champion Whalers came to South Deerfield with the state’s best
hitter – Maura Manley – and a collection of equally stellar talent.
Not only did Frontier complete its mission, it did so convincingly, taking down New Bedford 25-20, 25-21, 26-24.
“We’ve won state championships and not played as well as we did tonight,” Frontier coach Sean MacDonald said. “We’ve lost state
championships and not played as well as we did tonight. In big games, this is probably the best I’ve ever seen them play.”
Sophomore outside hitter Cassidy Stankowski led the Red Hawks (12-0) with 14 kills and 17 digs. Senior Katy Daniels also had 14 kills and
added 11 digs. Frontier’s team defense – with five players notching double-digit digs – was the determining factor in the victory.
Manley, a 6-foot-1 outside hitter headed to Division I Dartmouth College, collected a whopping 26 kills in only three sets but could have had
loads more if not for Frontier’s floor game.
“We were all really excited to face her because we knew we’d get a great game from her,” said Kendra Ouimette, Frontier’s All-State senior
libero. “We knew we’d have to work hard and keep our energy up because we knew she’d get some points on us.”
New Bedford (9-1) showed its mettle for most of the second and third sets. The Whalers rallied back from a 21-9 deficit in the second to make
it close, with Manley recording eight kills in that stretch. The third set saw New Bedford move out to a 17-11 lead until Frontier went on its own
The Red Hawks took the lead at 19-18 and did not relinquish it, despite letting the Whalers tie it at 24. Manley sent a spike wide for the go-
ahead Frontier point, and Stankowski ended it with a nice spike down the sideline.
“I don’t even know what to think right now, I’m just so overwhelmed,” Stankowski said after being mobbed by the Red Hawks student section.
“We came out with so much energy and kept it up until the end.”
Frontier has not lost on its home court since back-to-back defeats against Turner Falls and Agawam on Sept. 28-29, 2004. As the best team
to enter Goodnow Gymnasium, New Bedford posed the biggest threat to end that streak, which now stands at 70.
“If we had 10 home matches (a year) like this, we wouldn’t have a streak like that,” MacDonald said.
The Red Hawks look to extend the streak to 71 on Tuesday against perennial Division III powerhouse Millis, followed by a road game Friday at
Division I juggernaut Barstable. Frontier also has a string of 120 consecutive victories against Western Massachusetts teams.
Red Hawks spike D-1 volleyball champs
By THE DAILY HAMPSHIRE GAZETTE
Saturday, October 9, 2010
Regular season wins are rarely something to get excited about for the Frontier Regional volleyball team. The Red Hawks had won 87 straight
against western Massachusetts foes.
But Friday, Frontier delivered its most noteworthy regular season win in years as they swept defending State Division 1 champion New
Bedford, 25-20, 25-21, 26-24 in South Deerfield Friday.
"We're very excited. We don't get to play teams of that caliber very often," Frontier coach Sean MacDonald said. "We're appreciative that they
came out for this game."
The Whalers featured Dartmouth-bound senior Maura Manley, who MacDonald called one of the best hitters in the state. Frontier served at
her a lot in an attempt to make her pass, but MacDonald estimated that she had about 25 kills in the game.
MacDonald was proud of the way his defense handled New Bedford's firepower.
"There were a lot of long rallies. We dug the ball a lot so we could counter attack," he said. "The defense was huge for us."
Five Red Hawks players have at least 10 digs. Tori Daniels (29 assists) had 19 digs. Cassidy Stankowski (14 kills) had 16. Katie Daniels (14
kills) and Kendra Ouimette each had 11, while Courtney Parent added 10.
Frontier's success came despite an injury to middle hitter Megan Sullivan early in the match.
"Angelica Perfido stepped in and was our MVP," MacDonals said. "She hung in there and really played well."
Red Hawks qualify for volleyball postseason
By THE DAILY HAMPSHIRE GAZETTE
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Frontier Regional 3, Belchertown 0 - The Red Hawks will get a chance to defend their western Massachusetts tournament title. Frontier (10-0)
clinched a postseason berth with a 25-12, 25-9, 25-8 win on the road.
Marie Wheeler had nine service points and six assists, Angelica Perfido also had nine service points and four kills, while Kelsey Abramson
added six kills for Frontier.
The Orioles fell to 5-6.
Frontier volleyball turns out lights on Lancers
By JIM PIGNATIELLO
LONGMEADOW - Frontier Regional was so dominant Thursday, it ended Longmeadow's "Black Out Night" early.
The Red Hawks swept the Lancers 25-15, 25-18, 25-12 in a battle of unbeaten reigning western Mass. champions that began as a hostile
environment but lost its edge, and a large contingent of fans, after the second game.
"It was a really energetic game, which made it that much more competitive," Frontier senior Tori Daniels said. "It was really intense. This was
the first mental test for us."
Frontier (9-0), the five-time Division 3 champions, earned its 85th straight win against western Mass. opponents with the victory.
"There's definitely pride in the streak," said sophomore cocaptain Cassidy Stankowski. "We get a lot of competition during the regular season
so that we have great volleyball to play all year."
Frontier coach Sean MacDonald said he didn't know the exact number of the streak.
"We've done really well against western Mass. opponents for the last five years or so. But we're not taking anyone lightly just because they are
from western Mass.," he said. Longmeadow's "goal is to win a state championship and if they beat us, they would have felt even better about
that. I still think they have a shot at that. That's obviously our goal, too."
Stankowski and Katy Daniels each had 11 kills for the Red Hawks, while Tori Daniels, Katy's twin sister, was credited with 31 assists.
Longmeadow, the three-time Division 1 champs, hadn't lost a set this season heading into Thursday's match.
The Lancers (8-1) jumped out to a 5-1 lead in the first set, but Katy Daniels ended the run with a kill assisted by Tori Daniels.
"We were surprised by the energy" of the crowd, Tori Daniels said. "We knew it was coming, we knew about the blackout, but they brought a
lot of intensity and I think we were caught off guard a little bit at the beginning."
Katy Daniels put the Red Hawks in control with six-straight service points for an 8-5 lead and Frontier cruised to its opening-game victory.
"That run of serves by Katy was unbelievable. It made our energy level go so much higher and gave us so much more momentum for the rest
of the match," Stankowski said. "We have good experience on the team. Everybody knows how everybody plays and we have great chemistry.
Having the fans yelling the whole time, our chemistry really helped us to know where each other was on the court when we couldn't hear each
The second game saw Frontier turn a 10-9 lead into a 17-11 advantage behind three kills by Katy Daniels, all assisted by Tori Daniels, and a
service ace perfectly placed on the back line. Melanie Abercrombie later ended the game with a big kill from Katy Daniels.
That's when half of what had been a packed and boisterous Lancers student section, clad in all black, headed for the exit.
"We felt this would be a good warm-up for the tournament to play in front of all these fans," MacDonald said. "I wouldn't call them hostile, but
they are loud and they aren't cheering for you."
Frontier's service game led to the lopsided final game, as Katy Daniels had three aces and Stankowski added two.
Fittingly, the match ended on an ace from senior cocaptain Kendra Ouimette.
"I think these are the two best teams in western Mass.," MacDonald said. "To come here and sweep them in three in their home gym in front of
a crowd like that feels pretty good.
"There are definitely some things that we can tweak, but I'm definitely happy."
Red Hawks volleyball improves to 8-0
By THE DAILY HAMPSHIRE GAZETTE
Thursday, September 30, 2010
Frontier Regional 3, Athol 0 - The Red Hawks (8-0) remained unbeaten with the victory in South Deerfield.
Jaclyn Parker had 12 service points and five kills while Angelica Perfido had nine service points and four kills.
Tori Daniels added 10 assists in the win.
Katy and Tori Daniels help lead Frontier girls volleyball to 3-0 win over
Longmeadow in clash of defending Western Massachusetts champions
Published: Thursday, September 30, 2010, 9:33 PM Updated: Thursday, September 30, 2010, 10:07 PM
By Jason Remillard, The Republican
LONGMEADOW – Katy and Tori Daniels waited more than a year for a moment like this.
The twin sisters had to watch the Frontier Regional School volleyball team from the bench last season after not acquiring a waiver in time to
participate after transferring from South Hadley High School.
The uber-talented duo kept statistics while the Red Hawks captured their fifth straight Western Massachusetts Division III championship.
This fall, however, the Daniels sisters are right in the middle of the action. They certainly came up big Thursday.
Katy Daniels and Cassidy Stankowski had 11 kills apiece, while Tori Daniels handed out 31 assists as Frontier defeated three-time defending
Division II champion Longmeadow 25-14, 25-18, 25-12.
Matches such as this are a big reason why the Daniels twins wanted to play for the Red Hawks.
“I am so honored to be able to be on this team,” Katy Daniels said. “I’ve wanted to play the teams that we play and be coached by Sean
While the scores of the individual sets may not reflect it, this was one of the more hotly contested regular-season matches in recent memory.
Pitting two teams with eight Western Massachusetts championships between them will do that.
Frontier (9-0) rallied from an early 5-1 deficit in the first set to take the lead at 6-5 and never look back. Same thing for 5-2 and 5-4
Longmeadow leads in the second and third sets.
Seemingly every time the Lancers (8-1) appeared to gain a point, the Red Hawks defense was there to dig the ball back into play. Frontier
capitalized on most of those second and third chances.
Longmeadow could do little more than accept defeat and prepare for the remainder of the Eastern Division schedule.
“I can’t believe I’m saying this, but this is the best I’ve ever felt about a loss,” Longmeadow coach George Mulry said. “We did a lot of things
well, stuck to our game plan and we contested almost every single point.”
Familiarity was another part of this match. Mulry coached five of Frontier’s six starters to a New England Junior Olympic championship in the
offseason, while Sean MacDonald guided four Longmeadow players on his JO team.
Caroline Martin and Cady Deary led Longmeadow’s defense with 11 digs apiece.
Super 7 Selections: Girls Volleyball
Republican Sports Desk, September 13, 2010 5:14 p.m.
ALEXIS CHAPPELL, Sabis: Senior outside hitter played an integral part in the Bulldogs winning the inaugural Metro Division title; had 13 kills
and eight aces in Western Massachusetts Division III quarterfinal loss to Lenox; 19 kills in win over Easthampton.
HOLLY DeWITT, Frontier: Senior outside hitter recorded 140 kills, 46 aces and 76 digs in her first year starting for the Red
Hawks; put down 11 kills against Ware; member of three Western Massachusetts Division III championship teams.
ALISON DONNELLY, Longmeadow: Senior setter was a tough one to leave off of last year’s All-Scholastic first team; moved into the starting
role with ease and was a big reason why the Lancers won their third straight Western Massachusetts Division II title.
ANNIE GORMAN, Minnechaug: Senior middle hitter was the main bright spot in an otherwise disappointing season for the Falcons; tallied eight
kills, nine service points and an ace in a win over East Longmeadow.
KENDRA OUIMETTE, Frontier: Senior libero joined teammate Cassidy Stankowski on the coaches’ Division III All-State team;
recorded 285 digs and 54 aces; had 23 digs in state semifinal loss to Joseph Case of Swansea.
VANESSA RUIZ, West Springfield: Senior outside hitter averaged over 10 kills per game (170 total) and served 55 aces for the Western
Massachusetts Division II finalists; had 24 kills, five aces, two blocks and 25 digs in five-set semifinal win over Amherst; team MVP.
CASSIDY STANKOWSKI, Frontier: This sophomore enters her fourth year as one of the best players in Western Massachusetts;
made the Division III All-State team as selected by the coaches; three-year starter and two-time All-Scholastic first teamer; had
436 kills, 173 digs, 78 aces and 19 blocks; second in state in kills per set and third in hitting percentage.
Frontier volleyball sets three key goals for 2010
Jason Remillard, The Republican, September 10, 2010 10:51 a.m.
This might be a bad sign for the teams playing Frontier Regional School in high school girls volleyball this season.
The five-time defending Western Massachusetts champions are as stacked as ever.
"We feel like we probably have as much depth as we've ever had," Frontier coach Sean MacDonald said.
Based on that statement, it's a safe guess that the Red Hawks are the top contenders for their seventh straight Northern Division title and their
sixth straight Western Mass. crown. However, Frontier has one more goal in mind.
"The girls came up with three goals - league championship, Western Mass. championship and state championship," MacDonald said. "I think
we have the people that can do it, but it's not going to be easy."
It's been four years since Frontier last hoisted the Division III state championship trophy - after winning back-to-back titles in 2005 and 2006 -
and three since the Red Hawks last played for the title.
A pair of All-State returnees - sophomore outside hitter Cassidy Stankowski and senior libero Kendra Ouimette - garner the most attention, but
it's two players who sat out last season that might make this the best Frontier team of this run when all is said and done. Tori and Katy Daniels
watched from the sidelines last season after they enrolled at Frontier right before the season and could not get the proper waiver to play as
The Daniels twins were stars as freshmen in Arizona before moving to South Hadley and leading the Tigers to a tournament berth as
sophomores. After playing for MacDonald on the Bay State Games team, they decided to start at Frontier. MacDonald didn't even know about
their decision until right before preseason practice began last August.
However, MacDonald won't heap praise on a select group of stars. Holly DeWitt was also a first-team All-Scholastic selection last season, and
there are others - such as Courtney Parent and Marie Wheeler - poised to have breakout seasons.
"We've got a group of really dedicated girls," MacDonald said.
This bunch will be tested like no other Frontier team has. The 2010 schedule includes matches against perennial Division I powerhouses
Barnstable and New Bedford. The Red Hawks host New Bedford on Oct. 8 and travel to Barnstable a week later. In between is a home match
with Central Massachusetts Division III power Millis on Oct. 12.
Add in the two usual weekend tournaments - the Medfield Playday and the Volleyball Hall of Fame Showcase of Champions - and this will be a
battle-tested Frontier team come November.
What MacDonald also hopes is that the rest of Western Massachusetts eventually catches up to the bar his teams have set.
"I hope we push people to get better," MacDonald said. "We want to raise our own level."
High school All-Stars championship driven
By THE DAILY HAMPSHIRE GAZETTE
Saturday, January 22, 2011
CASSIDY STANKOWSKI, left, (Frontier Regional): Sophomore
Division 3 All-State and Massachusetts Coaches All-Star Team
selection finished the season with an impressive 302 kills and 39 aces
... Recorded 173 digs on the season ... After missing the first three
tournament games, returned to face Wahconah in sectional title game
and recorded 15 kills ... Had 17 kills in the Red Hawks’ 3-0 sweep of
Case in the state championship
The cross country scene was dominated by Northampton, which captured its first ever Division 1 sectional championship. The Blue Devils, who
placed three runners in the top five, four in the top eight and five in the top 12, were led by Harrison Hunter. The senior placed first in 16
minutes, 25 seconds to claim his first major meet championship.
One of the best girls volleyball players in the state plays for the best team in the state. Sophomore Cassidy Stankowski led Frontier Regional,
which simply dominated the competition. The Red Hawks finished 26-0 and as State Division 3 champions. They beat Division 1 state
champion Barnstable during the season, and beat Division 2 state champ Medfield during a play date. They also beat WMass Division 2
champ Longmeadow and 2009 state D-1 champ New Bedford.
Stankowski was named to the D-3 All-State team and the Massachusetts Coaches All-Star team. She finished with an impressive 302 kills and
Girls volleyball high school All-Stars
By THE DAILY HAMPSHIRE GAZETTE
Saturday, January 22, 2011
BRIANNA McBRIDE (Amherst Regional): Senior captain missed the quarterfinal loss to Westfield with a concussion but still put up impressive numbers ... Had 98 kills and 51 blocks on the
season ... Recorded 77 digs ... Excellent middle hitter who's calm on-court presence helped lead her team to the tournament
CASSIDY STANKOWSKI (Frontier Regional): Sophomore Division 3 All-State and Massachusetts Coaches All-Star Team selection finished
the season with an impressive 302 kills and 39 aces ... Recorded 173 digs on the season ... After missing the first three tournament games,
returned to face Wahconah in sectional title game and recorded 15 kills ... Had 17 kills in the Red Hawks' 3-0 sweep of Case in the state
TORI DANIELS (Frontier Regional): Senior setter recorded 35 assists in the Red Hawks' state championship victory over Case ... Instrumental
part of the team's offense with 683 assists on the season ... Recorded 36 aces and 144 digs on the season ... One of four Frontier players
named to the Division 3 All-State team
KATY DANIELS (Frontier Regional): Senior led the Red Hawks with 18 kills in their sweep of Case in the Division 3 State championship ...
Recorded 272 kills and 46 aces on the season ... Led the Red Hawks with 177 digs ... Named to the Division 3 All-State team
KENDRA OUIMETTE (Frontier Regional): Senior led the Red Hawks with 56 aces in the Red Hawks' undefeated season ... Recorded 164 digs
on the season ... Strong serving during the state semifinal helped her team sweep Millis and advance to the finals
CAULIEN COCKLEY (South Hadley): Junior was a force from the service line for the Tigers with 92 aces on the season ... Recorded 249 assists and had 46 kills ... Had 55 digs and 52 blocks
defensively ... In a 3-0 sweep of Central to clinch a Division 3 tournament bid, led team with 10 assists and five aces
REBECCA LAMBERT (Easthampton): Senior led the team in digs in every game but one during the season and finished with 263 on the season ... Recorded 37 aces with the least amount of
service errors ... Had 67 kills ... One of her best performances came in a 3-0 sweep of Pioneer Christian, had three kills and seven digs from the outside hitter position
HANNAH DION (Easthampton): Senior was the go-to hitter all season for the Eagles ... Recorded 107 kills on the season ... Had 70 aces from the service line ... One of her best performances of
the season came against Ludlow, led the team in all categories with eight kills, six aces, and nine digs
Emily Boysen, junior, Easthampton
Holly DeWitt, senior, Frontier Regional
Kelsey Garvey, senior, South Hadley
Lindsay Pelkey, senior, South Hadley
Elizabeth Whitney, sophomore, Easthampton
Cassidy Tori Katy Kendra
Frontier volleyball star Cassidy Stankowski earns All-America honors from PrepVolleyball.com
Jason Remillard, February 10, 2011 5:18 p.m.
The accolades continue to pile up for Cassidy Stankowski, and she's only a sophomore.
After leading Frontier Regional School to its third Division III state title since 2005 and sixth straight Western
Massachusetts state title, Stankowski earned her biggest honor yet.
PrepVolleyball.com named the Red Hawks' outside hitter as one of its 150 All-Americans for the 2010 fall season.
Stankowski is one of only seven sophomores on the list and, a bit surprisingly, the only player from Massachusetts.
Then again, the 5-foot, 8-inch Stankowski did play her best when it mattered most - against state powerhouses
Barnstable, New Bedford and Medfield. Barnstable's Kayla Crook was one of 130 to receive "special mention,"
after 50 "highest honorable mention" and 50 more "high honorable mention" selections.
Stankowski finished Frontier's 26-0 season with 302 kills, 39 aces, 173 digs and a .581 kill percentage. She was
nominated for Gatorade's state player of the year, which was won by New Bedford's Maura Manley.
Stankowski named one of 24 Finalists for prepvolleyball.com National Sophomore of the Year
(Quoted from prepvolleyball.com)
Cassidy Stankowski, 5-8 OH, Frontier Regional (South Deerfield, Massachusetts) – An impact player in the Bay State since she was a
seventh grader, Stankowski had another exceptional season in 2010, which included leading Frontier Regional to an undefeated campaign
and the state Division 3 title. One of four All State performers on the best team in the state regardless of class, Stankowski averaged more
than five kills per set and improved her hitting percentage from the year before. She also added 173 digs and 39 aces and is considered by
many to be the best player in the state regardless of class year
Record FOUR players from Frontier named to the MGVCA DIII All-State Team
Republican names record NINE players to
first or second team All Scholastic!
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