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Lake Placid volleyball enters homestretch

October 29, 2019
By staff , Lake Placid News

LAKE?PLACID - Although Lake Placid's volleyball didn't come out on top Monday, Oct. 28 at home on senior night, the Blue Bombers played pretty well during a 3-1 loss to Saranac Central.

On an emotional evening where Lake Placid honored its only senior in the lineup, Sara McKillip, the Blue Bombers dropped the first two games against the Chiefs, won the third and then came up short in the fourth. Saranac was victorious by 25-16, 25-23, 22-25 and 25-18 scores.

The Chiefs improved to 7-8, while the Blue Bombers fell to 2-13 and were scheduled to wrap up their regular season Wednesday, Oct. 30 at Peru.

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Sara McKillip plays the ball for Lake Placid during a home match Monday, Oct. 28 against Saranac Central.
Provided photo — Alicia Brandes

Despite the loss, Lake Placid's main focus since the start of the season has been a Nov. 9 showdown against Northern Adirondack, as those two teams are the only Class D representatives in Section VII and will meet up in the championship final.

Lake Placid coach Sandy Huber said she was pleased with her team's effort and noted the biggest problem her players had was dealing with Saranac's Madison DuBray, who paced the Chiefs with 18 points, 13 aces, nine kills and a dozen digs.

"We had a tough time with (Dubray). She was tipping really well and finding open court in the first set but we adjusted," Huber said. "This was one of the best matches we've played. We just went out to have fun. I think we made an effort to stay positive, support each other and play as a team.

Huber said Grace Crawford had another strong defensive performance and added that the junior has really turned into a solid all-around player.

"Grace has been really incredible," Huber said. "She's always strong at the net, but she's really turned it up on defense. She has over 130 digs this season."

Crawford highlights in the match included 14 digs, eight kills and six aces.

Huber also said that Dylan Bashaw has been a solid server and hitting, Evelynn Sharp has been tough at the net and Izzy Armstrong has shown big-time improvement."

Huber said it's been great having McKillip back on the court for her senior season. She joined the Blue Bombers varsity as a sophomore, and a year ago, McKillip was undergoing cancer treatments and could not participate.

"As the coach on senior night, I say a few words about our seniors, and I was in tears just practicing what I was going to say. Sara, she's amazing. I'm thankful she is with us, and she's thankful for any opportunities that she's had. Just being here, just being able to play, Sara has loved the chance. Just seeing all the obstacles she has faced and overcome, she can really inspire all."


Saranac def. Lake Placid, 25-16, 25-23, 22-25, 25-18

SCS- Kelly: 4 kills, 4 digs; Charlebois: 2 digs; St. Louis: 10 points, 4 aces, 6 kills, 15 assists, 16 digs; DuBray: 18 points, 13 aces, 9 kills, 1 assist, 12 digs, 1 block; Carter: 13 points, 5 aces, 1 assist, 1 dig; Duquette: 2 points, 5 kills, 1 assist, 6 digs; Beaney: 9 points, 2 aces, 1 kill, 9 assists, 11 digs; Siskavich: 7 points, 2 aces, 3 kills, 1 assist, 11 digs.

LP- Hudson: 7 points, 4 aces, 1 kill, 4 digs, 3 assists; McKillip: 3 points, 9 digs; Crawford: 3 points, 6 aces, 8 kills, 14 digs, 1 assist; Sharp: 8 points, 3 aces, 3 kills, 8 digs, 11 assists; Bousquet: 1 dig; Kellerman: 1 point, 3 digs, 1 assist; Bashaw: 5 points, 1 ace, 8 kills, 7 digs, 7 assists; Armstrong: 1 point, 2 aces, 5 kills, 6 digs; Clark: 1 kill, 2 digs.



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