Devils Earn West Title, Top B Seed On Senior Night
BY DAVE SHEA
At the start of the season OFA Volleyball Coach Sue McLean was asked how she would replace the leadership of the eight OFA Seniors who graduated in June.
The Devil coach expressed her confidence that this season's senior trio of Rosie Jeneault, Celia Henry and Melissa Barr would be up to the challenge.
On Tuesday at the 2019 Senior Night match against Madrid-Waddington Coach McLean spoke of how her three seniors had met the challenge and led the Blue Devils to a memorable season.
"Our three seniors work so hard. They step forward and the rest of the team comes with them," said Coach McLean.
A season which became more memorable when the Devils used a three-set victory over M-W 25-14, 25-10, 25-21 to finish their NAC West sason at 7-1 and clinch sole control of the division title when Canton handed Potsdam its second loss in a very strong division. OFA (11-2 overall) also clinched the top Class B seed for the Section 10 Tournament when Massena downed Salmon River 3-1 on Tuesday.
Speaking of her seniors Coach McLean said "These three girls amaze me not only their athleticism but also with their work ethic and their personality. They are also amazing students. These three rank in the top 10 of our senior class of 113. With an average of 95.54 Melissa Barr is ranked 10th, Rosie Jeneault is fourth with a 97.8 average and Celia Henry is third at 98.1. These girls in my mind will do amazing things."
OFA completes its NAC season today with an interdivisional match at Massena which currently shares the East Division lead at 7-2 with Salmon River and Chateaugay. In interdivisional matches this season OFA at 4-1, Canton at 5-1 and Potsdam at 6-0 have combined for a 15-2 record against the East Division teams.
OFA 3 - M-W 1: The Blue Devils came from behind in the first and third sets against the determined Yellowjackets who took 11-8 lead in the first set and used some exceptional defensive retrieves to take leads of 18-13 and 21-20 in set three.
The Devils closed out the match as Celia Henry served a late surge to a 24-21 lead.
"M-W played good defense and Marissa Hawkins is a very good player," said Coach McLean.
"I think the difference once again was our hitting depth. When we go through our rotations we always have strong hitters at the net. Emily Farrand was on fire again tonight with 10 kills on 16 attempts."
Henry, who is the first player in Coach McLean's tenure to play every position on the court, finished with 4 points, 3 aces, 4 assists and 1 kill. Emily Farrand led the team with 10 kills and served for 9 points with 1 ace and added 3 digs. Rosie Jeneault followed with 5 points, 2 aces, 1 dig and 6 kills, Emma LeBeau scored a team-high 14 points with 3 aces, 2 kills and 1 assist and Gabrielle Morley tallied 10 points with 4 aces and 1 kill.
Rounding out a very efficient team effort were: Jordyn Tupper with 10 assists and 1 kill, Melissa Barr with 1 point, 1 ace and 8 digs; Jenna Mitchell with 2 points, 1 ace and 1 assist and Abby Raven with 4 kills, 3 digs and 1 assist.
M-W Coach Troy Creurer was pleased with the defensive play of his team and the leadership of Madalyn Richardson and Marissa Hawkins.
"Madalyn Richardson had another good night at the net and Marissa Hawkins was all over the court." he said.
Canton 3 - Potsdam 0: The Golden Bears (4-3 West, 9-4) swept the Sandstoners (5-2 West, 11-2) out of a tie for the West Division lead 25-18, 25-18, 25-22 led by Sydney Lorenc 14 kills 3 points, w digs 1 block, Gretchen Warner 7 kills, 1 block, 2 digs, 5 points, 1 ace, Gabby Rauth 9 digs and Grace Franklin 14 points, 1 ace, 1 kill, 4 digs.
The other matches of the day were: Malone 3 - Tupper Lake 0, Chateaugay 3 - Brushton-Moira 0 and Massena 3 - Salmon River 1.