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LP Volleyball drops two games

Sydney Lawrence plays the ball for Lake Placid during a home match on Thursday, Sept. 2 against Tupper Lake. (News photo — Parker O’Brien)

LAKE PLACID — The Lake Placid volleyball team lost both of its matchups to start the fall season, against Tupper Lake and Northern Adirondack.

In the first match of the season, the Blue Bombers were defeated 3-1 on Thursday at the Lake Placid High School.

In a non-league matchup, Lake Placid lost by scores of 25-18, 22-25, 25-14 and 25-23.

Tupper Lake was led by its stellar serving as the team combined for 20 aces. Sophomore Rachel Sorensen led the team with five aces, while seniors Maia Polzella and Chelsy Locke each had four.

Senior Cadie Tyo played a big factor in the win for the ‘Jacks with five assists and four kills.

At left, Lake Placid’s Julia Crawford and Piper Gibson jump up to make a play during a home match on Thursday, Sept. 2 against Tupper Lake. (News photo — Parker O’Brien)

After Tupper Lake took the first set to start out the match, momentum immediately shifted to the Blue Bombers.

“We had a slow start, but then they picked it up,” Bennett said. “They did a great job of adjusting and making those adjustments on the fly.”

The Blue Bombers were able to take the second set, making the match competitive.

“We definitely felt the butterflies,” Blue Bombers’ coach Sandy Huber said. “They eased up and started to loosen up and have fun and go for balls more. They were a little bit flat-footed, but I was proud of how they improved through the match.”

The Blue Bombers dropped the third set. In the fourth set, Tupper Lake mounted a huge lead, which forced Lake Placid into having to make a valiant comeback if they were to win. The Bombers did show promise, as the team was within two points of the ‘Jacks before eventually falling.

“Looking at the points in momentum, the fact that they were able to play aggressively when the score was close made me really proud and showed that they had fight in them and weren’t going to give up,” Huber said. “We talked about momentum and how at the end, a couple of points didn’t go our way, but we were being aggressive and hitting hard and really going for it.”

Junior Julia Crawford had a strong game for the Blue Bombers, finishing with one point, 10 kills, nine digs, two blocks and four assists. Senior Aubrey Hayes led the team with 15 points. Hayes finished the match with two aces, two kills, three digs and four assists. Junior Sydney Lawrence and senior Piper Gibson also had strong performances for Lake Placid.

“I think we ended a lot better than we started, we were definitely pretty nervous,” Huber said. “It’s so early in the season we normally would have several scrimmages before a game situation.”

In the second match against Northern Adirondack the Blue Bombers still could not find their touch as the team lost 3-1 yet again.

Northern Adirondack was able to beat the Bombers by scores of 25-17, 21-25, 25-19, 25-6.

Crawford was dominant yet again in the loss for the Blue Bombers as she finished with 15 kills. Hayes had seven points 10 digs and 16 assists. Lawrence played a big role as well as she had 11 points.