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Frontier boys volleyball avenges finals loss to Orchard Park

Frontier volleyball players sum up the message their coach gives them in one word: intensity.

The Falcons brought that mindset into their Sept. 20 match against Orchard Park, the same team they lost to, during the Class A championship last season. They took down the defending champions in straight sets and wasted little time doing so, as the match lasted less than an hour.

“[Coach] preaches high, high intensity,” said senior Dylan Durni. “Intensity all throughout everything we do. In practice, even if you’re shagging a ball, you’re doing it intensely.”

In a five-set match a year ago, the Quakers rallied to win the final two sets and earn the title. This time around, although not on the championship stage, Frontier has learned from its defeat.

“Our passing definitely improved tonight,” said Falcons head coach Bill Faust. “We also tried to serve our targets; that was better tonight. We also tried to turn digs into kills and we did a better job of that, tonight.”

Durni, a Second Team All-Western new York last season, along with fellow senior Erik Hatten, cashed in dominant efforts against the Quakers, as they controlled the pace of play and never allowed Orchard Park to gain momentum. Frontier dominated the first set, winning 25 – 14, and then coasted to 25 – 19 and 25 – 16 victories, in the final two.

“Dylan’s one of the best hitters in Western New York,” Faust said. “He’s the real deal. We’re looking at him to be the anchor.”

The coach said that junior setter Jake Gleason is another player who is crucial to the Falcons success. The coach said that he expects a lot of this player, who has been on the team since eighth grade and was already part of two championship teams. Faust also said he also relies on two players whose sports passions lie outside of volleyball. Tom Stoklosa is a swimmer and baseball player, and Quinlivan, a lacrosse and basketball player.

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