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Hot Dogs spoil Athenians' Senior Night

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MORGAN MIGHT: Frankfort's Morgan Adamson goes for a spike during Frankfort's win at Crawfordsville on Tuesday.
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FOR THE SPIKE: Frankfort's Chloe Roberts rises up for a spike during Frankfort's three-game sweep at Crawfordsville on Tuesday.
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WORTH A SONG: Frankfort players finish the school song after their win against Crawfordsville on Tuesday.
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OVER THE SHOULDER: Frankfort's Lindsey Gay makes a pass over her shoulder during the Hot Dogs' win over Crawfordsville on Tuesday.

BY ANDREW KRULL - akrull@ftimes.com

A full-strength Frankfort squad gave a better representation of where they stand in the Sagamore Conference with a decisive win over Crawfordsville on Tuesday, ruining the Athenians’ Senior Night with a cold-blooded mentality.

“(Senior Night) can always make a team really emotional,” Frankfort head coach Kia Rushton said. “Looking at them down there with that music which was very emotional, we knew it would be a good time to jump on them in game one.”

The Hot Dogs did so taking the first game, 25-18. They followed that up with another 25-18 game and responded in the final one, coming back to close out the match, 26-24.

“We came in tonight and we were 1-3 in the conference, but two of those losses were without Lindsey (Gay),” Rushton said of her previously injured setter. “And, to be without your setter after preparing for three months around that, it was hard when we played Lebanon and when we played Tri-West.

“To come in here and beat a team who beat Lebanon shows how much we’ve improved and shows that we are building at the right time,” she added with sectionals starting next week.

“I got it in their heads that we needed to use our experience and our level-headedness in this game because Crawfordsville is a very talented team, but they are also young and you can get them up-and-down,” Rushton said. “One of our focuses was just to stay steady and eliminate our unforced errors.”

Morgan Adamson, Allyson Timmons and Tarah Martinez were denying constantly at the net with attempted blocks, with Ashley Timmons (16) and Chloe Roberts (13) providing most of the kills on the other end.

“We moved Morgan and Ally around a little bit,” Rushton said. “We moved Tarah around a little bit, just depending on what we needed on defense. … . Our defense was better than it’s been in a few weeks and we made a lot of adjustments to try and slow 14 (freshman Macy Bruton) down (who still had 15 kills). Some of them knew that they weren’t going to have as many offensive opportunities because of what we did defensively and they did it with a smile on their faces.”

She couldn’t single out one or two players for recognition after the match.

“My whole team just really stepped up and played well tonight,” Rushton said. “I can’t say one or the other. We just played really well as a team.”

After taking control of the first game from a 4-3 deficit, the Hot Dogs continued the momentum in the second with Roberts holding serve seven straight times (with an ace and three service winners). Her service holds pushed a 4-3 disadvantage to 10-4. The Athenians closed to one at 14-13 but Roberts gave Frankfort breathing room again with four service holds, including an ace, to make it 23-16 before the Hot Dogs closed out the game.

The Hot Dogs’ only lag in the match was to start the third game, as they fell behind 9-3. They trimmed the lead to one at 12-11 and 17-16 on an ace by Kylie Norman, but the Athenians responded with four points of their own with Bruton serving to make it 21-16.

At 22-19 after an Ashley Timmons kill, Timmons held serve four times to give Frankfort their first lead in the game at 23-22. The Hot Dogs staved off a game-point to tie it at 24 and ended the match on two services by Martinez punctuated by kills by Roberts.

Ashley Timmons led Frankfort with her 16 kills adding 12 digs and two aces, while Roberts had team highs of 16 digs and five aces with her 13 kills. Gay had 37 assists with nine digs, an ace and two kills.

Other contributors included Allyson Timmons (five kills), Adamson (two kills, an assisted block and two digs), Martinez (a kill, an assisted block and 12 digs), Norman (two aces and 14 digs) and Maicee Sterrett (13 digs).

Frankfort improved to 13-11 (2-3 Sagamore Conference) with the win, while Crawfordsville fell to 14-12 (2-5). The Hot Dogs next host Danville (17-13, 4-2) at 6 p.m. tonight.