SHORT GAP - After a bit of a slow start against albeit stiff competition, Frankfort's volleyball results have improved over the last seven days as the Lady Falcons appear to be heading in the right direction.

By Chapin Jewell
Tribune Correspondent
SHORT GAP - After a bit of a slow start against albeit stiff competition, Frankfort’s volleyball results have improved over the last seven days as the Lady Falcons appear to be heading in the right direction.
It all started last Saturday. Sep. 26, as Frankfort posted wins against both Berkeley Springs and Keyser, avenging their earlier season loss to the Golden Tornado. Then came a trip westward on Tuesday, Sep. 29, as the Falcons defeated Elkins but dropped a match to East Fairmont. Finally, on Thursday, Oct. 1, the Falcons dropped a match to a very tough Calvary Christian Academy squad.
All in all, the tally for the last seven days reached three wins and two losses, with improved play exhibited in every match.
Against Berkeley Springs last Saturday, Frankfort defeated the Indians two games to zero (25-22, 25-16) to earn the win. Nia Smith contributed two aces and six digs, Anna Shaffer two aces and six kills, and Jaci Rowe four kills and six digs.  Additionally, Madison Middleton added seven assists and Jaden Rapson seven digs.
Against Keyser, Frankfort avenged their earlier season loss to the Lady Tornado by winning two games to zero (25-11, 25,22).  Jaden Rapson performed with two aces and three kills, Anna Shaffer had seven kills, and Jaci Rowe six kills and four digs.  Nia Smith added three kills and 11 digs, Madison Middleton eight assists and four digs, and Jaclyn Yoder six assists.
“After losing to Keyser in our first matchup, the girls worked their butts off to improve in the areas we were lacking and came out strong with a confidence. They communicated well, hit well, and executed all we had worked on.  It was a nice victory,” Frankfort coach Brooke Alkire-Higson explained.
Frankfort then lost to East Fairmont two games to zero (14-25, 17-25).  Jaden Rapson had one ace and two kills, Ann Ford two kills and four digs, and Anna Shaffer five kills.  Additionally, Jaclyn Yoder added six assists, Nia Smith 11 digs, and Jaci Rowe four digs.
The Lady Falcons rebounded immediately by defeating the Elkins Lady Tigers two games to zero (25-21, 25-20).  Nia Smith contributed three aces and five digs, Jaci Rowe two aces, and Anna Shaffer eight kills.  In addition, Madison Middleton added six assists, Jaci Smith four digs, and Payton Mandell four digs.
According to Alkire-Higson, “East Fairmont was truly our first long distance bus ride and it showed. We started out slow and sluggish and just didn’t play to out full potential. We played Elkins second and were back in our game and played much better. We are continuing to learn and grow as we go.”
On Thursday against Calvary Christian Academy, Frankfort faces a talented squad that had just had a two-year win streak snapped. While the Lady Falcons fell to Calvary three games to one (20-25, 25-21, 10-25, 19-25), they performed admirably against the stiff competition.
“We knew Calvary would be aggressive, scrappy and tough.  I think at times we dominated but just couldn’t keep in the rhythm.  Calvary is legit, so will learn, reflect, and build on our mistakes,” Alkire-Higson explained.
Frankfort takes to the road Saturday for an open quad match at Spring Mills beginning at 11 a.m.