Shorthanded Devils Go 10-2 At Volleyball Tournament
Updated: Sep 22, 2019
BY DAVE SHEA
LAKE PLACID - OFA Girls Volleyball Coach Sue McLean had a very simple solution for what in volleyball was a very complex problem.
The Blue Devils entered Saturday's Lake Placid Tournament without the services of their top middle hitter Rosie Jeneault who playing in a high level women's hockey Tournament in Ottawa and saw their hitting power diminished further when Abby Raven rolled her ankle in a scrimmage against Lake Placid on Friday.
"Rosie's hockey coach and I work together to support her decision to balance both commitments. We agreed that that she would miss no league matches. Then when Abby Raven got hurt we were down to two middle hitters in Gabby Morley who is a first year player. I just told the girls to focus on three things, have fun, move your feet and communicate." said Coach McLean.
The Lady Devils moved their feet, communicated and had a lot of fun they went 10-2 to post the best record in the tournament which also included Potsdam, Lake Placid, Saranac Lake and Peru. OFA went 3-0 against Potsdam, Lake Placid and Saranac Lake and 1-2 against Peru.
"Celia Henry and Emily Farrand quickly volunteered to play the middle and Gabby Morley just played out of her mind The girls did a great job playing shorthanded with just seven players," said Coach McLean.
"Celia Henry, Emma LeBeau and Emily Farrand never came out and Jhenna Mitchell played a lot more than she normally does. Melissa Barr did a great job defensively at l
ibero and Jordyn Tupper ran the offense. The girls rotated to get some breaks and they did such a great job. I am really proud of them.".
The Devils, who stand at 3-0 in the NAC, will return to conference action on Tuesday at Madrid-Waddington.