Devils Stay Unbeaten In West Volleyball Besting Canton
BY DAVE SHEA
OFA stayed undefeated in the NAC West at 5-0 and climbed to 9-1 over by gaining their second win of the season over a talented Canton squad at home on Thursday. The Devils prevailed in a four-set series 17-25, 26-16, 21-25, 15-25 which greatly pleased Coach Sue McLean.
McLean is even more pleased with the approach the team has bought into throughout the season.
"We started the season with the approach of focus on fun and the wins will come. The girls have done that and they are having fun and they are winning," said McLean.
In Girls Soccer action Thursday Malone blanked OFA 7-0.
"Tonight I think the difference was our hitting against a Canton team which is extremely talented. Whenever we rotate we always have a lot of hitting power at the net. Tonight Emily Farrand had a tremendous hitting night with a career-high 13 kils on 20 attempts for 65 per cent which is outstanding for a high school player."
The OFA effort also featured a career high 18 kills by Jordyn Tupper and a career high 15 points by Emma LeBeau.
"Jordyn Tupper is having an outstanding year especially considering that she missed last year with an injury. She just wants to set people up, she loves it. We have other people who are also very happy to do what they do best," said McLean.
And her teammates obviously love her approach as they approach a trip to Potsdam (4-1 West, 10-1) looking to clear a huge hurdle in their drive for the West Division title.
"Potsdam is a very good team and will be extremely tough at home. It should be another great match" said McLean.
Along with her 13 kills Emily Farrand also tallied eight points with one ace and three digs. Tupper added three digs to her assist total and LeBeau counted two aces among her 15 points and added three kills and two digs. Rosie Jeneault delivered six kills with two blocks and five points, Abby Raven netted for kills and Celia Henry (9 points, 1 ace, 1 kill, 6 assists) and Gabrielle Morley (7 points, 2 aces, 1 kill, 1 block) also provided impactful efforts all over the court.
Defensive specialist Melissa Barr provided four digs and Jenna Mitchell served for three timely points.
Canton also received outstanding efforts and Coach Carla Wentworth cited four players for their leadership: Sydney Lorenc with 12 kills, 1 block, 2 digs; Kelsea Whittier with 24 assists, 1 dig; Abby Todd with 7 points, 1 ace and Jilly DiSalvo with 8 kills, 3 digs, 4 points, 5 aces.
Potsdam prepared for Tuesday's match with OFA by sweeping Gouverneur 3-0 and Salmon River won it straight sets over Brushton-Moira..
Potsdam 3 - Gouverneur 0:The Sandstoners prevailed 25-17, 25-19, 25-10 at Gouverneur (0-4 West, 1-9).
"Potsdam is such a good team but we hung with them for a while in the first two sets. Karissa Stowell did a good job filling in for Alexis Devlin at the net. She can really jump and did some nice blocking for us," said Gouverneur Coach Chris Dashnaw who cited the leadership of Corinne LaPiere (3 kills, 2 assists, 1 ace, 4 sets, 2 digs, 4 points), Mariah Fuller (2 kills, 2 assists, 2 sets, 8 points) and Miranda Fuller (3 kills, 4 blocks, 2 sets, 3 digs, 2 points).
MALONE - Alyssa McCauley scored a natural hat trick in the first half where Malone (6-7-1, 6-5-1 NAC Central) opened a 4-0 lead. Abby Lamica opened the scoring for the Huskies and assisted on McCauley's third goal.
Brook Pritchard finished with one goal and one assist, Caitlyn Douglas and Makenna Stone also scored and Madison Ansari made three saves in the shutout and also picked an assist.
Hailey Reed (9) and Paige Merz (6) combined on nine saves in the OFA goal.
Other Central Division action saw four teams within three points of the lead. Potsdam (8-1-2) tied Massena (7-4-2 16 points) 1-1, Canton (7-2-3- 17 points) blanked St. Lawrence Central 6-0 and Gouverneur (7-2-1 15 points) dropped Salmon River 4-1.
Potsdam 1 - Massena 1: Nova LeGrow scored with five minutes left for the Raiders to answer a goal by Sophia Janoyan of Potsdam with 10 minutes left,
Potsdam's Taylor Benda and the Massena goalie each had five saves.