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Blue Bombers fall to Red Storm in volleyball

September 15, 2017
By LOU REUTER - Senior Sports Writer ( , Lake Placid News

LAKE PLACID - After losing all but two players from a year ago to graduation, the Saranac Lake volleyball team appears to have done an impressive job reloading its roster - at least in the early going. Three matches into the season, the Saranac Lake volleyball team owns a 3-0 record in the Champlain Valley Athletic Conference.

On Thursday, Saranac Lake notched its third win of season, sweeping Lake Placid 25-22, 25-13 and 25-17.

Competing on the road, the Red Storm rolled out to leads of 9-0 and 13-1 in the opening set before the Blue Bombers decided to make things tight by rallying to make it a one-point contest at 19-18. The teams battled it out down the stretch before the Red Storm prevailed 25-22, and with a 1-0 edge, Saranac Lake went on to win the next two sets by a little more comfortable margin.

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Laurel Miller of Lake Placid bumps the volleyball while Marissa Gibbs of Saranac Lake watches from the other side of the net during Thursday’s match in the Blue Bombers’ gym. The Red Storm beat their Lake Placid rivals.
(News photo — Lou Reuter)

"Our girls played well and kept their composure," Red Storm coach Mike Navarra said. "Lake Placid kept the pressure on and I think we handled it pretty well. 3-0 - I'm pretty excited about that."

Katie Gay turned in one of the standout performances for Saranac Lake and finished with a match-high 22 points. She also recorded 7 aces, 7 assists, 4 digs and one kill. Sydney Andronica, a sophomore, paced the team defensively with 14 digs.

Despite watching her team drop all three sets, Lake Placid coach Donna Moody liked the fight she saw in her players.

"I think we were pretty fired up to start. We just never really got in a groove," Moody said. "When we were down 13-1, the girls could have just thrown in the towel, but they didn't. I'm super proud of their effort. They kept fighting and made a match of it in all three games.

"It's not so much that Saranac Lake overpowered us, we just didn't have good position," Moody added. "We were just off tonight.

Senior Graci Daby was Lake Placid's top setter in the match and finished with 10 assists. Laurel Miller also had a solid outing for the Blue Bombers with 7 points, 6 kills and 6 assists. Frankie Hathaway added a co-team high 7 points in the setback.

The Blue Bombers dropped to 1-3 with the loss and will look to regroup when they play their next two league matches on the road. They'll be at Northeastern Clinton on Monday and visit Peru on Tuesday.

"It was one of those nights when we just didn't have it," Moody said. "We played well in spurts but we weren't consistent and we didn't have a good night serving. After the match, we said 'let's move on and get better.' I'm encouraged."

Meanwhile, Navarra said he's pleased with how his young players are performing.

"They are communicating well, they are serving well and playing great defense," he said. "I'm psyched about the year, but it's early."

The Red Storm will now face their biggest test of the season when they travel to face Saranac Central on Monday. The Chiefs posted a historic victory Thursday when they knocked off Beekmantown in four sets to end the Eagles' 57-match winning streak in the CVAC.

Before returning to league action, the Red Storm and Blue Bombers will both participate in Saturday's tournament at Saranac Central that will included teams from both sections VII and X.


Saranac Lake 3, Lake Placid 1

25-22, 25-13, 25-17

Saranac Lake Sydney Andronica, 1 ace, 2 points, 1 kill, 14 digs. Holly Kurtz, 4 points, 4 digs. Danielle Gonyea, 1 ace, 4 points, 6 kills, 2 digs. Nora Glover, 1 assist, 6 points, 1 kill, 1 dig. Marissa Gibbs, 1 assist, 3 points, 1 kill, 6 digs. Katie Gay, 7 assists, 7 aces, 23 points, 1 kill, 4 digs. Maddie Gay, 4 assists, 4 aces, 5 points, 1 kill, 4 digs.

Lake Placid Graci Daby, 1 point, 10 assists, 1 block, 5 kills. Kaleigh McKillip, 5 points, 2 aces, 1 kill. Barrett Smith, 5 points, 1 ace, 2 kills. Laurel Miller, 7 points, 5 aces, 6 kills, 6 assists. Olivia Sawyer, 1 point, 3 kills, 1 dig. Frankie Hathaway, 7 points, 2 aces, 2 digs. Rose Burns, 1 dig.



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