OFA Volleyball Stays Unbeaten, Girls Tie Canton on Soccer
BY DAVE SHEA
The Girls Volleyball team remained undefeated in the Northern Conference with a 25-14, 25-13, 23-25, 25-16 West Division win at Gouverneur on Thursday on a night when the Girls Swimming team was outscored 95-74 at Gouverneur and the Girls Soccer team played to a 0-0 tie at Canton.
The versatile duo Celia Henry (10 points, 6 aces, 9 kills, 3 assists, 1 block) and Emily Farrand (12 points, 12 kills, 5 aces, 1 block, 2 digs) led the Devils with excellent all purpose performances as Coach Sue McLean squad prepared for matchups with Class B opponents Salmon River at home and Malone on the road.
"We struggled with our serving tonight, really struggled but the girls worked through it. We didn't have Rosie Jeneault tonight so Celia Henry and Emily Farrand stepped in and played the middle. They are such versatile players, they can play every position on the floor," said Coach McLean.
"Gouverneur had some really nice hits tonight.
Gabrielle Morley also took an active role in the offense with 5 points, 2 aces and 6 kills and all of the hitters worked effectively off the 11 assists provided by Jordyn Tupper. Rounding out the contributions to the win were: Melissa Barr (3 points, 3 points, 3 aces and 5 digs); Emma LeBeau (8 points, 2aces, 5 kills, 2 digs) and Jenna Mitchell (10 points, 3 aces, 1 kill, 2 assists).
Leading the Gouverneur efforts were: Lexi Devlin with 6 points, 1 kill, 1 ace, 2 blocks and 2 digs, Kaitlin Clancy with 3 kills, 1 assist, 1 point and several sets and Maria Fuller with 2 kills, 2 digs and 2 points.
In other NAC action of the night Potsdam downed Madrid-Waddington 3-0 and Salmon River downed Chateaugay 3-2.
Lightning brought a premature end to the girls soccer game at Canton where the Lady Devils played to their second NAC Central scoreless tie in three games sandwiched around a stellar defensive effort in a 2-0 loss to Gouverneur.
Emily Jo Sovie stopped nine shots in the OFA net.
"It was disappointing that we couldn't finish. It was a pretty even game," said OFA Coach Julie Hynes.
"Erin Perretta, Brinley Frederick and Saige Estes all played very strong in the middle."
In other Central Division action Salmon River downed St. Lawrence Central 5-1 and Massena nipped Malone 2-1.
The combination of Hailey and Leaha Morrissiey figured in six first place finishes for Gouverneur which won nine of 11 events in their own pool. Hailey (50 Freestyle 28:08, 100 Backstroke 1:10.14) and Leaha (200 IM 2:33.86, 100 Butterfly 1:14.57) led two individual races and swam on the winning 200 Medley 2:09.80 and 400 Freestyle 4:16.70 Relay teams.
Elia Impalia led the 200 Freestyle in 2:127.29 and swam on the winning 200 2:02.48 and 400 4:16.70 Freestyle Relay units for the Wildcats.
OFA's first place swims came from Myah Myers in the 500 Freestyle in 6:10.06 and Avery Kuhn in the 100 Breaststroke in 1:25.13. Second places were produced by Kuhn in the 200 Individual Medleyin2:45.05, Hannah Powers in the 50 Freestyle in 29.41, Sophia Bobb in the 100 Butterfly in 1:30.93, Katherine Barkley in the 100 Backstroke in 1:15.20 and in the three relays.
Barkley, Mallette, Kuhn and Hannah Powers took second in the 200 Medley Relay in 2:18.06, Elizabeth Lemke, Grace Shea, Sophia Bobb and McKenna Brooks combined for second in the 200 Freestyle relay in 2:17.24 and Brooks, Hannah Powers, Kuhn and Barkley placed second in the 400 Freestyle Relay in 4:19.51.