Frederick ends long drought vs. TJ

September 27, 2000

Frederick ends long drought vs. TJ

Cadets beat TJ in five for big volleyball win

By DAN SPEARS / Staff Writer

FREDERICK, Md. - Maybe it's because, in the grand scheme of things, Frederick High School setter Chelsea Reidy and her coach, Brendan Hedges, are new to the volleyball scene in Frederick County.

Whatever the reason, though, Frederick's 15-9, 15-11, 2-15, 12-15, 15-6 over city rival Thomas Johnson wasn't celebrated as heavily as you might think. After all, the Cadets had just busted No. 4 TJ's five-year domination in the county and its umpteen-year winning streak against them.

But When Ashley Bush's final spike hit the floor, it seemed like the Cadets had been in this spot plenty of times before.


"People might look at this score and say it's a fluke," said Hedges, the team's first-year coach. "This is not a fluke. We practice this hard. We've been working on this."

Frederick (2-5 overall and CMC) took the Patriots (5-1) won this match with its hustle and refusal to make too many dumb mistakes. Despite a mental vacation in game 3, the Cadets righted the ship in game 5.

With TJ leading 6-5, the teams traded 11 straight sideouts before Frederick took a 7-6 lead on a mental error and setting error by the Patriots.

On its next turn to serve, Frederick put it away, thanks to Reidy. The junior had two kills in a six-point run that made it 13-6 and lifted her team with her overall play along the way.

She also put the Cadets in front early, thanks to her setting skills and the best short serve this side of ... well, her native Guam.

"This is super good, just because it's been a while since we beat them," said Reidy, who finished with 12 assists, seven kills in just her third match of the season. "We just need to work a little bit harder at closing things out now."

Despite its near-collapse, the Cadets did just that against a TJ team that may be lacking in experience, but not in history.

"In the fifth game, it was up to whoever got a run," TJ coach Jim Dorsch said. "And we didn't get it. We thought if we did, maybe with history on our side we'd get a win.

"But they picked up a lot of balls off the floor and they covered the holes real well at the end."

It's a trend Hedges and the Cadets, now on a two-game winning streak, expect to continue.

"We're going to play this well the rest of the way," Hedges said. "And if our opponent along the way is TJ, well that's just who's going to be over there."

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