The AuSable Valley Patriots were able to get the advantage early in the first two games of their Sept. 23 volleyball match against the Plattsburgh High Hornets, but the Hornets chipped away each time to score a 25-20, 25-22, 25-20 straight games win.
“Our serve receive game has been our nemesis,” Plattsburgh head coach Victoria McMillan said. “We are getting better at it, but Jacquie Hoey is a great server and she did what she is asked to do. We were able to do some things to get back into it.”
“I think that our inexperience and the need to work on mental toughness to close games hurt us,” AuSable head coach Sandra Hoey said. “We are getting close, and we are improving match to match.”
Hoey said that while the Patriots were able to get some points off their serve, it could have been a better night from behind the baseline.
“Our serving was not what it normally is,” Hoey said. “Jacquie is consistent and runs the defense, while Belle O’Toole runs the offense. They are the team leaders.”
McMillan said that one of the keys in the game and for the season was the play of setter Kianna Dragoon, who finished the game with 15 assists.
“She is a very young setter who is doing an awesome job,” McMillan said. “She started playing when they moved the season to the fall since she is a basketball player, and she travels the court like a basketball player.”
While the first two games were close to the end, the Hornets pulled away in the third game with five straight points at 14-13 in the decisive game to take a 19-14 lead en route to the game and match win.
Katie Cantwell and Kadijah Brown each recorded seven kills in the win, while Taylor Witkiewicz had four kills and eight digs, Samantha Malcolm had four digs, Rachel Rebideau had three aces, Katie Dwyer had six digs and Kayla Boise had four digs.
For the Patriots, Hoey had four aces and 12 digs, while O’Toole combined eight digs with three kills, four aces and 11 assists, Cassidy Tallman had three digs and four kills, Miranda Sheffer had four digs, Noelle Miller had 10 kills and four digs and Mirissa O’Neill had six digs, four assists and three kills.
Beekmantown stays undefeated
The Beekmantown Eagles remained perfect not only in matches but in games as they scored a 25-2, 25-18, 25-3 straight games win against the Saranac Chiefs Sept. 23.
Molly Sorrell combined six aces with four kills and three digs, while Emily Anderson also had six aces and Jordynne Ales had four. Setter Kiana Archer had 23 assists in the win.
Stephanie Linder had four kills and three digs for the Chiefs.
Indians blank Cougars
The Peru Indians scored a straight game 25-12, 25-18, 25-21 win over the Northeastern Clinton Cougars Sept. 23.
Abby Higgins nine digs, eight kills and five aces as part of a balanced attack for the Indians, who got eight kills, five aces and four digs from Paige Moore along with four digs and two aces Katie Lawliss, while Lea Perry had 12 assists.
Vada Loya and Stephanie LaValley anchored the Cougars defense, with 12 and eight digs, respectively.
Blue Bombers defeat Red Storm
The Lake Placid Blue Bombers won the final two games to score a 3-games-to-1 against the Saranac Lake Red Storm Sept. 23.
The Bombers won the first game, 25-20, and the final two by scores of 25-20 and 25-23. The Red Storm earned a 25-18 win in the second game.
Lake Placid 3 Saranac Lake 1
Dani Balestrini had five kills and two aces for the Blue Bombers, while Nikkie Trudeau had three kills and two digs for the Red Storm.
Hornets defeat Knights
The Plattsburgh Hornets spread nine goals out almost equally over the two half in a 9-1 defeat of the Seton Catholic Knights Sept. 23.
David Carpenter got things started early for the Hornets, scoring in the first 11 seconds, the second minute and fourth minute on a pair of assists by Ethan Votraw while David Ferris (Mitch Guanga) scored in the 14th minute of the first half.
Carpenter also opened the scoring in the second half during the 44th minute, also on a Guanga assist, while Votraw scored in the 45th (Coby Dergham) and 46th minute (Mitch Maggy), Ferris scored in the 66th minute unassisted and Bick Bracy scored in the 73rd minute (Nate Emery).
Noah Osborne scored the lone goal for the Knights on a penalty kick in the 77th minute.
Lions blank Orange
The Elizabethtown-Lewis Lions scored five first half goals in an 8-0 win against the Indian Lake/Long Lake Orange Sept. 23.
Hunter Mowery scored goals in the 26th (Louis Scaglione) and 29th minutes to pace the offense.
Connor Apthorp opened scoring in the 19th minute on an assist from Nate Allott, Cole Fernandez scored in the 29th minute (Allott) and Tyler White scored in the 40th minute on an assist from Charlie Huttig.
In the second half, Hunter Farrell scored in the 64th minute (Caleb Denton), Geeg Dedam scored in the 73rd minute (Farrell) and Patrick Phillips scored unassisted in the 80th minute.
Beekmantown bests Indians
Alyssa Leonard swept the top spot on the podium in earning the all-around title and leading the Beekmantown Eagles to a 156.50-150.05 win over the Peru Indians Sept. 23.
Leonard was followed in the all around standings by teammate Lydia Gricoski and Peru’s Alexandra Brown.
Leonard won the vault with a score of 8.4, followed by Peru’s Brown with an 8.3 and a tie between Karysn O’Donnell of Peru and Gricoski of Beekmantown with a score of 8.1.