Kenna Howard, Fremont-Mills

Fremont-Mills junior Kenna Howard pushes the ball over the net during a Knight victory in Essex, Tuesday, Sept. 17.

ESSEX – Fremont-Mills volleyball stayed unbeaten in the Corner Conference with a 3-0 win at Essex, Tuesday, Sept. 17.

The Knights overcame an early 4-3 deficit in the opening set to cruise 25-13. They had little trouble in taking the final two sets 25-9 and 25-8.

After a disappointing 3-3 tournament in Shenandoah Saturday, Knights head coach Tracy Malcom said her team was better in this one.

“We have been working hard in practice,” said Malcom. “After the weekend, I stressed some things on passing and defense, moving their feet and just going for the ball. I thought they all played really well.”

The Class 1A number 13 Knights hit over .300 as a team with Rachel Wietzki pacing the group with eight kills.

“Wherever (Rachel) is we try to get her the ball,” said Malcom. “She’s smart with the ball, smart with placement and when we need a ball put away she’s usually our go-to.”

Kenna Howard added six kills for the Knights. Kendall Reed and Lydia Alley finished with five each.

Kaelynn Driskell delivered 23 assists and led the Knights with nine digs. Reed added eight digs.

The Knights were also 69 for 72 from the service line with 21 aces. Driskell and Wietzki led the team with six aces each.

Fremont-Mills improved to 6-5 overall and 3-0 in the conference with the win.

The Knights don’t play again until Tuesday, Sept. 24 when they host East Mills in a huge Corner Conference match. The conference tournament is the following week.

“This should be a highlight of the year these next two weeks,” said Malcom. “We’re lucky enough to get some days off to prepare. We just need to give 100 percent all the time.”

Essex had trouble getting into system throughout the match. Elise Dailey, Brianne Johnson and Sami York ended with two kills each to lead the offense.

Desi Glasgo and Camryn Chambers handled setting duties with Helen Nicholas out due to a wrist injury.

Glasgo also led the back row with five digs. Chambers and Olivia Baker added four each.

With Nicholas out and Dailey returning to the lineup this week, acting Trojanettes coach Patti Gay said the team is adapting well.

“We have made a lot of changes over the last few weeks,” Gay said. “We are playing 100 times better than five weeks ago and seeing good things.”

The Trojanettes were strong from the service line, finishing 31 for 32.

“Our serving is improving a lot as we had just one error,” said Gay, “which is exceptional for us.”

The Trojanettes play again Tuesday, Sept. 24 as Griswold comes in for Senior Night. Gay said that match and the conference tournament the following week gives her team a lot to look forward to.

“We need to play hard every point and play to our potential,” said Gay. “Every one of them can do it. We’ll look better next week and the week after and we’ll just keep working.”

The Trojanettes fell to 1-13 overall and 0-3 in the conference with the loss.

Several pictures from the match can be seen at valleynewstoday.com.

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