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Salmon River Win Elevated VBall Duel Over OFA

Updated: Oct 3, 2019

BY DAVE SHEA

OFA suffered its first loss of the NAC Girls Volleyball season in a 15-15, 25-23, 25-21, 25-23 interdivisional match of Class B rivals at the Blue Devils' court.

But it was anything but a setback and OFA Coach Sue McLean said that her 6-1 team should be anything but disappointed after the high energy matchup of jarring hits, high altitude blocks, precise sets and consistent athletic defense.

"It was just outstanding volleyball and I told the girls that they should not get down about it because they played very well. Salmon River is an outstanding team which lost three matches early but has now four in a row," said Coach McLean.

"They played great defense and the things that worked so well on the attack were taken away by them. We have to go Malone on Friday and Malone beat Salmon River so it could be another great Class B matchup. We just have to keep playing well and keep hitting the ball hard. We got to a tournament in Massena on Saturday and I hope Salmon River is there. It would be a lot of fun playing them again."

The OFA effort featured players with 11, 10 and 9 kills and players with 14, 9 and 9 serving points.

"We had great balance again and Gabby Morley played her best match of the season with 10 kills, 9 points and 1 block," said Coach McLean.

Morley teamed up in the net attack with Rosie Jeneault with 11 kills, 14 points, 3 aces and 2 blocks and Emily Farrand with 9 kills, 2 points, 1 ace, 1 block and 1 digs and all three hitters operated off 17 sets by Jordyn Tupper.

Rounding out the OFA efforts were: Celia Henry with 3 kills, 9 points, 2 aces and 3 assists; Emma LeBeau with 2 kills, 2 points and 5 kills, Jenna Mitchell with 5 points and 1 dig and Melissa Barr with 5 digs and 2 points.

Salmon River attained the same type of balance with: Tyana Benedict with 10 kills, Rylie Gray with 5 kills and 5 points, Karnai Swamp with 4 kills and 15 points, Kylee Smoke with 3 kills, 8 points and 8 assists, Kendall Jock with 2 kills, 8 points and 8 assists and Kalie Lazore with 12 assists.

Canton 3 - Tupper Lake 0: Canton posted a 25-10, 25-18, 25-12 victory led by Gretchen Warner: 10 kills, 7 points, 4 aces; Katie Bennent: 2 kills, 10 points, 7 aces; Sydney Lorenc; 3 kills, 6 points, 3 aces and Kelsea Whittier; 19 assists, 3 points, 2 aces.

Chateaugay 3 - Gouverneur 0: The Bulldgos secured a straight set win of 25-8, 25-16 anbd 25-11. Leading the Gouverneur efforts were: Alexis Devlin with 5 points, 2 assists, 2 blocks, 2 digs and 1 kill and a series of outstanding defensive returns and Kaitlyn Clancy with 3 points, 4 kills, 2 assists, 12 sets and Alexis Devlin with 5 points, 2 assists, 2 blocks, 2 digs, 1 kill and 5 sets and several excellent defensive plays on the back line.

In other NAC matches Massena downed M-W 3-0 and Potsdam outdueled Malone 3-2.

Jordyn Tupper sets the ball for OFA in Tuesday's outstanding matchup with Salmon River.

OFA's Melissa Barr follows through a pass in Tuesday's match with Salmon River.



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