Red Storm spikers earn CVAC recognition
SARANAC LAKE — This past fall, the Saranac Lake volleyball team made history by capturing the first Section VII title ever at the high school.
And one of the most promising things about the Red Storm is that all their players were juniors or younger, including three team leaders who were named all-league student-athletes by the Champlain Valley Athletic Conference.
Sophomore Sydney Andronica topped the list as a first-team pick, junior captain Marissa Gibbs was a second-team selection and sophomore Katelyn Gay was an honorable mention choice.
Andronica, a three-sport athlete and honor student, made an immediate impact as a first-year varsity player. After spending two seasons on junior varsity as a defensive specialist, she was the Red Storm’s libero and was one of the CVAC’s top performers on defense.
“She was a big part in the team’s success defensively, consistently leading the team in digs,” Red Storm coach Mike Navarra said.
Gibbs has five years of competitive volleyball experience, including the last two seasons she spent on the varsity squad. In addition to playing a huge role in Saranac Lake’s championship march, Gibbs also received the scholar-athlete award.
After gaining experience competing at the junior varsity level, Gay stepped right into an impact role during her first season of varsity volleyball and was a setter as well as an outside hitter. A three-sport athlete, Gay led the Red Storm in service points during their title winning campaign.
“She was a leader on the court by example,” Navarra said. “She helped the team gel and work together to reach success.”