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Frontier's girls volleyball team ended Sweet Home's 18-year winning streak in the Eric County Interscholastic Conference Thursday night with a 15-7, 12-15, 15-4 victory.

Sweet Home had not lost an ECIC match since 1978.

"We played together, and we got down, the girls hung in there," said Frontier coach Debbie Schruefer, whose team improved to 33-3 overall and 8-2 in ECIC I. "We lost a close one to them earlier (15-9, 15-11), so the girls were really motivated tonight.

"I'm proud of what we did. I think every team has looked at Sweet Home as a model for what we wanted our programs to be. Without them having the record of success they've had, we wouldn't have anything to strive for."

Sweet Home has been the most successful program in the state, winning an unprecedented six consecutive Class A state championships. The Lady Panthers are annually ranked among the nation's top teams.

However, coach Sally Kus' team has been weakened by the loss of two starters, who are serving two-week suspensions from the team for an undisclosed violation of school district policy on Oct. 4.

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