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Bombers take down rival

September 28, 2011
By LOU REUTER, News Senior Sports Writer
LAKE PLACID — Despite being competitive in every match, the Lake Placid volleyball team had just one win heading into its contest against rival Saranac Lake on Friday, Sept. 23.

The Blue Bombers were competitive again and this time came through with a hard-fought four-game victory over the Red Storm. Lake Placid triumphed by scores of 25-20, 18-25, 25-20 and 25-23.

Following a loss at home against Peru on Monday, Sept. 26, the Blue Bombers’ record now stands at 2-6 in the Champlain Valley Athletic Conference.

“This was a very good match played by both teams,” said Lake Placid coach Donna Moody after the Saranac Lake match. “Both of our teams have improved a lot since last year, and Saranac Lake played well. There were a few situations where we got down and I like how we battled back.”

The only game score that ended up with the teams separated by more than five points was the second, which Saranac Lake won 25-18. In that game, the Red Storm built a double-digit lead and had to hold off the Blue Bombers as they attempted to rally. Saranac Lake also held an early lead in the fourth game before Lake Placid came back to clinch the match.

“It was a great match,” said coach Diana Schwartz, whose Red Storm team played much better than its last contest when they were swept in straight games by Northern Adirondack. “I’m satisfied tonight. It was a bummer that our girls lost, but we played well. Lake Placid hit the ball well in this match.”

Moody was particularly pleased with her team’s serving performance against Saranac Lake, pointing out that the Blue Bombers only missed six serves during the entire match. She also liked how her players kept the ball alive.

“I thought we served the ball very well. Seeing minimal serving errors was great,” Moody said. “And if the ball hit the floor, we were always going for it. Right now, the team is working really well together. Everybody contributed in this win.”

Lake Placid got a well-rounded effort from numerous players, led by Danielle Balestrini with 11 points and two aces. She also recorded seven digs and five kills. Joanna Politi added 10 points and Francesca Pickett chipped in eight points, four aces and eight kills. Olivia Dempsey also had seven points, three aces and a dozen assists.

Senior Nickie Trudeau was the high scorer for the Red Storm with 11 points and three aces. Abby Smith and Shannon Stevens also had strong matches serving, with both players recording seven points and three aces. On defense, Nicole Viscardo led Saranac Lake with eight digs, while teammate Kylie Sapone had eight assists and Emily Fountain chipped in seven assists.

Saranac Lake is 1-6 after losing to AuSable Valley on Monday, Sept. 20.

“We’ve been in every match,” Moody said. “The only time we were swept was by Beekmantown, but scores in that one were really close, and we took NAC to five games. We’re competitive this season, and a win like this tonight should give our girls more confidence. The league is very tight this year.”


Peru 3, Lake Placid 0

LAKE PLACID — The Peru volleyball team improved to 5-1 with a 25-18, 25-17, 25-18 victory over Lake Placid on Monday, Sept. 26.

Danielle Balestrini had a strong game for the Blue Bombers with two aces, three kills, three digs and nine points from the serving stripe.

Abby Higgins racked up nine kills, four aces and 15 digs to spark Peru.

Article Photos

Photo by Laurie Baumbach
Lake Placid junior Serina Hayes goes high above the net as senior Danielle Balestrini backs up the play during the Blue Bombers match against Peru on Monday, Sept. 26.



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