NORTHBOROUGH, Mass. – Did the state’s most dominant volleyball team reside in Division III this season? It very well might have at Frontier Regional.
The Red Hawks capped off an undefeated 26-0 season with a convincing 3-0 victory over defending Division III champion Joseph Case while rolling to their third state title.
En route to the its undefeated season, Frontier another of Saturday’s other final participants -- Division I champion Barnstable -- in addition to impressive wins over last year’s Division I champion New Bedford.
“To play the schedule that we played, and to come out undefeated, and to win the two tournaments that we were in was pretty special,” Frontier head coach Sean MacDonald said. “I don’t know how the rest of the day is going to go, but we just beat the Division Three state champs, if Medfield wins, we beat them in their tournament and if Barnstable wins, we beat them in Barnstable.”
The Red Hawks rolled by scores of 25-15, 25-12 and 25-11 to beat the Cardinals (23-2), who had beaten Frontier in last year’s state semifinal.
“They’re much, much better than they even were last year,” Case head coach Denise Levesque said. “I would say they’re probably one of the best teams in the state.”
Frontier thrived with its dynamic outside hitter Cassidy Stankowski. The sophomore put down 17 kills with the aide of steady play from setters Katy and Tori Daniels, who combined for 35 assists. Katy Daniels led the Red Hawks with 18 kills.
“We’re really good friends off the court,” Katy Daniels said of her chemistry with Stankowski. “It’s terrific.”
The Daniels sisters transferred into Frontier from South Hadley last year, adding a dynamic duo to the Red Hawks' mix.
As to whether Frontier was truly the state’s best team, MacDonald was noncommittal, but also wasn’t about to look past his team’s accomplishment.
“This season was pretty special, it’s probably never going to happen again.”