Tupper shows life in loss to ’Dogs

Tupper Lake senior Madison Kentile (11) sets the ball for Rebecca Delair during the second game of the Lumberjacks’ home match Tuesday against Chateaugay. (Enterprise photo — Justin A. Levine)

TUPPER LAKE — In the midst of a winless season, the Tupper Lake volleyball team staged a strong comeback at home late in Tuesday night’s match but came up short as Chateaugay beat the Lumberjacks 3-0.

Tupper Lake struggled to get its groove during the first two games of the match, dropping them by scores of 25-11 and 25-4. But facing 17-9 deficit in the third game, team leader Rebecca Delair led the Lumberjacks on 10-2 scoring run that brought Tupper Lake within striking distance of the Bulldogs, who have only lost one match this season.

With Delair on the serve, the Lumberjacks fought back to within two to make it 19-17, but a long serve that just missed the endline brought the comeback bid to a halt. The Bulldogs rounded out the win with a score of 25-18 in the third game of the night at the Tupper Lake gym.

Tupper Lake often looked rushed to get the ball back over the net, but when they calmed down in the third game, plays developed and points were scored. The Lumberjacks struggled to communicate with each other, seeing numerous balls fall in between two players.

But the third game saw Tupper Lake play its best volleyball, including a long-running rally in which the Lumberjacks and Bulldogs kept the ball in the air for several minutes. Chateaugay’s Valerie Titus put an end to the rally when she sent a long ball to the back of the court that landed just inside the line for a Bulldog point.

Tupper Lake’s Rebecca Delair puts the ball toward the net during Tuesday night’s home match against Chateaugay. (Enterprise photo — Justin A. Levine)

Seniors Hannah Lanthier, Delair and Madison Kentile played well for Tupper Lake, who were sporting pink jerseys in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Delair led the way with six points, four aces and two digs, while Kentile had two points and 10 sets. Lanthier earned two points, a block and a kill. Eighth-grader Caydence Tyo, who is new to the team this season, earned three sets in the loss.

The Lumberjacks have five seniors and three juniors, but the rest of the team is made up of underclassmen. Coach Diane Helms said the young team is struggling with the mental part of the game, but thinks the future looks bright.

“I’ve got a young team, and it’s a learning curve,” Helms said. “They did a great job for what the game was.

“The biggest thing is they were moving, and they knew where to be on the floor. And because they are so young, the mental is more than the skill at this point. Volleyball is 90 percent a mental game and until they get those emotions are under control, (it will be tough).

Madison Kentile puts the ball over the net Tuesday evening during the second game against Chateaugay in Tupper Lake. (Enterprise photo — Justin A. Levine)

“They all have the skill sets, they just need all put it together and play as a team.”

Chateaugay coach Chris Reynolds said he was happy with the way his girls played on the road.

“We paid attention to detail, and served the ball well to start with, that always helps,” Reynolds said. “Once we had good starts we were able to get into our offense and I thought we did a nice job after that.”

Tupper Lake plays Edwards-Knox at home tonight for Senior Night.