Team Best Carries OFA To Repeat Class C Vball Title
POTSDAM - OFA Coach Sue McLean was positive of two things leading her Lady Blue Devils into Tuesday's Section 10 Class B Girls Volleyball Championship match at the SUNY Potsdam Fieldhouse.
That Salmon River would never quit no matter what and if her team played up to its potential that the Devils would win. She was right on both counts as OFA won a third straight sectional title in a 25-16, 25-14, 19-25, 25-14 series where they clinched the victory by overcoming a last ditch effort by the Shamrocks who made a series outstanding defensive plays in extended volleys in the fourth set after falling behind 16-7.
"This was just a great win because I thought every girl on the team had their best match of the season. Every team should have a Gabby Morley. Our libero Melissa Barr was out with an injury so we had to make adjustments. Gabby usually rotates out when she gets to the back line but tonight she played the whole match and played great," said Coach McLean.
"It has always been a dream of mine to have everyone play their best match at once and tonight the girls did it. At the end Gabby so excited that she grabbed the banner because it was the first time she played on a team which won a sectional title."
The Devils will look to continue their high level of play in quest of the highly coveted Overall Section 10 Championship on Friday at Massena Central. OFA will meet Class C Champion Canton in the semi-finals at 4 p.m. and Class A representative Massena will meet Chateaugay at 5:30 p.m. Following the NAC Awards presentation the Overall Section 10 Championship will be held.
The Devils also advance into state tournament against the Section 2 Class B champion on Nov. 14 at Gloversville High School.
Against Salmon River, the Devils took control early in the first two sets but SR used a strong finish to take the third set 19-25.
"I told the girls after the first two games and they came back. They played without their setter which is really tough," said Coach McLean.
"In the third game I think we played not to lose. Heading into the fourth game we attacked much better. I told the girls that if we were going down we were going back swinging and they stepped up hit much better."
Leading the hitting was Emily Farrand who delivered 12 kills in a triple double which also included 17 points with 3 aces, and 10 digs. Rosie Jeneault netted 10 kills and 3 blocks, 2 points and 2 digs and Celia Henry and Emma Lebeau excelled in all-purpose outings.
Henry finished with 6 points, 3 aces, 5 kills, 7 assists and 5 digs and LeBeau contributed 6 kills, 3 points, 1 ace, 2 assists and 7 digs. Gabrielle Morley finished with 9 poibnts, 5 kills and 3 digs, Jordyn Tupper dished out 25 assists with 3 digs, Abby Raven was very active with 7 points, 3 digs and 2 assists and Mallory Morley added 1 dig.
Leading the Salmon River (11-6) efforts were: Kayla Cunningham 8 service points, Kendall Jock 7 service points, Ryanna Bero 5 service points, 2 assists; Rylie Gray 3 service points; Tyana Benedict 2 service points; Kania Swamp 5 kills; Halle Lazore 4 assists CANTON WINS CLASS
Canton claimed the Class C title over Potsdam in a match which met all expectations taking a five-set series; 25-12, 25-20, 21-25, 23-25, 25-18. Cited for outstanding leadership by Coach Carla Wentworth were: Sydney Lorenc 10 kills, 8 points, 1 ace; Gretchen Warner 19 kills, 7 points , 1 ace; Jilly Disalvo 13 kills, 3 blocks, 3 blocks; Kelsea Whittier 38 assists and Gabbie Rauth 13 digs, 6 points, 1 ace.
Chateaugay won its 12th straight Class D crown in three sets over Tupper Lake.