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Bombers' title streak ends in final

November 7, 2017
By LOU REUTER - Senior Sports Writer ( , Lake Placid News

BEEKMANTOWN - The Lake Placid volleyball team came up short in an effort to add another notch to a run of four straight Section VII, Class D volleyball titles after a loss to Northern Adirondack on Saturday in Beekmantown.

As the lone two Class D teams in the Champlain Valley Athletic Conference, Lake Placid and NAC have become familiar rivals who have met in the championship match each year, and this time around the Bobcats turned the tables to upend the Blue Bombers in a five-game match.

NAC came out on top in the first game 28-26, and Lake Placid took the next two games 25-14 and 25-22 to grab a 2-1 lead. Unfortunately for the Blue Bombers, the Bobcats were able to win the next two games 25-23 and 25-18 in a close contest that went back and forth from start to finish.

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Jasmine Zhang plays the ball for Lake Placid during Saturday’s Class D final against Northern Adirondack.
(News photo — Lou Reuter)

With the win, NAC swept Lake Placid in their three meetings this fall, which also included two victories in CVAC play.

"Even though we lost to them twice, we had a clear shot at getting it done the third time but we came up a little short," Lake Placid coach Donna Moody said. "Our girls came out fighting, they gave it their best shot and certainly didn't embarrass themselves. It would have been nice to get that first game, but we didn't give up. We won the second and carried that into the third and won that one.

"The fourth and fifth games were very similar - back and forth with a lot of long rallies," Moody continued. "Unfortunately, we didn't get the points we needed to win. It certainly wasn't due to a lack of effort. The girls battled hard and they maintained their composure."

Moody credited the Bobcats with a solid defensive effort on the way to halting Lake Placid's string of sectional crowns at four.

"NAC never gave up either," Moody said. "They just kept coming at us. They played very good defense and kept some balls alive that I didn't think they'd get to. Credit to them. They did what they needed to do."

The Blue Bombers finished with a 3-13 record in a season that may not have appeared outstanding in the win-loss column, but was a competitive year nonetheless, and it ended on that note.

"I thought we played pretty well in the final," Moody said. "We were in it the whole time. I think the sectional final was a snapshot of our season. We had couple losses when we really weren't in the match, but we played in a lot of five-game matches where we came up short. We could have easily finished 8-8 this season. Looking back, the girls were pretty upset after the final, but I'm really proud of them. There was no quit in this team."

Seniors Graci Daby, Laurel Miller, Kaleight McKillip, Olivia Sawyer, Frankie Hathaway and Jasmine Zhang wrapped up their volleyball careers at Lake Placid with Saturday's setback.


Northern Adirondack def. Lake Placid 28-26, 14-25, 22-25, 25-23, 25-18

LP - Miller, 6 points, 2 aces, 3 blocks, 23 assists, 6 kills. Hathaway, 15 points, 2 aces, 2 kills, 2 digs. Smith, 14 points, 8 aces, 1 block, 4 kills, 1 dig. Daby, 1 point, 13 assists, 17 kills, 2 blocks. McKillip, 18 points, 3 aces, 7 kills, 2 digs, 1 assist. Zhang, 1 point, 3 digs, 2 kills. Sawyer, 5 points, 2 aces, 2 kills, 1 dig. Burns, 1 point, 1 ace.

NAC - Smith, 13 points, 5 aces, 2 kills, 1 dig. Brown, 18 points, 3 aces, 2 assists, 2 digs. B. LaValley, 9 points, 3 assists, 3 digs. Ryan, 6 points, 1 ace, 1 assist, 1 dig. Kerr, 4 points, 1 ace, 2 kills, 7 digs. Gilmore, 6 points, 1 ace, 3 kills, 7 digs. Barnaby, 4 digs. Lafave, 5 digs. Brunell, 1 point, 1 ace.



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