Bombers hitters sweep Lumberjacks

Lake Placid’s Julia Crawford gets ready to hit the ball over the net during a road match against Tupper Lake on Sept. 12.(News photo — Parker O’Brien)

TUPPER LAKE — After coming away with back-to-back sweeps to start the season, the Lake Placid volleyball team chalked up another win on Sept. 12, claiming a 3-0 sweep on the road over Tupper Lake.

Facing a Lumberjacks squad that was swept in both of their contests to open the season, the Blue Bombers triumphed by 25-9, 25-22 and 25-22 scores.

The win marked the third straight for Lake Placid, who have already matched their win total from last season. For Tupper Lake, the loss dropped them to 0-3.

“I think we are starting to play with a lot of confidence that I haven’t seen in years,” Blue Bomber head coach Sandy Huber said. “Starting the season with three wins hasn’t happened for as long as I can remember. It’s a really great feeling to start this strong and I really hope that we continue to play with confidence. They are just playing with a lot of poise and the leadership from the seniors is really playing in.”

The red-hot Lake Placid team set the tone early by taking a 10-point advantage in the opening set to make the score 18-8. The Blue Bombers then closed out the first set by going on a 7-1 run.

“Sometimes when you get a few points, it’s easy to ease up a little bit, but we kept working hard and taking good swings and moving on defense,” Huber said. “It was nice that they didn’t let up when they had the lead.”

Lake Placid’s early momentum carried over into the middle set, as the team jumped out to a 10-3 advantage.

Despite being down in the hole, Tupper Lake’s Kendall Kenniston served up the Bombers as her team rallied behind her and earned 14 straight points to take a 17-10 lead.

“(Kenniston’s) young, she’s only a sophomore and she has really stepped up in her role,” Lumberjacks head coach Courtney Bennett said. “She’s got a great serve, she’s confident and the other girls feed off of her, which is really nice to see because she is younger. But that was a huge motivator for us. The team needed that, they really took that and ran with it. I wish they would’ve continued, but they did well.”

After watching her team fall into a big hole, Huber called a timeout, which helped stop the Lumberjacks’ momentum.

“We had to call a timeout to reset and refocus for a minute,” Huber said. “They turned it around and dug out of the hole, which was really nice to see that our team can do that when we are down that much.”

Lake Placid finished out the second set by going on a 15-5 scoring run.

“Tupper Lake did everything well and really pushed us,” Huber said. “We had to step up and move to the ball a lot more than we had been doing, especially on serve receive. They had a lot of really tough servers that we struggled with, but when we started moving our feet we did a lot better.”

The third set was much more competitive, with the two squads trading leads before the Blue Bombers put it all together in the end to close out the win.

“Tonight was not our best showing,” Bennett said. “They did, as the night went on, they got better, they played hard and made adjustments. They really played with some grit and perseverance in the end there.”

Kenniston, who served 23 times in the match had 20 good serves, including an ace to lead the Lumberjacks.

Seven players earned points in the Blue Bombers’ victory. Sophomore Norah Galvin led the way with 10 points, five aces and five assists. Junior Nadia Phillip had a game-high five kills and four points.

Huber said Galvin impressed her during tryouts at the beginning of the season and has continued to get better each day.

Seniors Abbey Gavin and Julia Crawford had a solid defensive performance, finishing with five digs each. Crawford also registered four points and three kills.

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