Blue Bombers strive for No. 5

Front row, from left: Frankie Hathaway, Jasmine Zhang and Sara McKillip. Back row: Rose Burns, Barrett Smith, Laurel Miller, Kaleigh McKillip, Olivia Sawyer and Graci Daby. (Enterprise photo — Lou Reuter)

LAKE PLACID — The Lake Placid volleyball team has a nice string of four Section VII, Class C championships going, and the Blue Bombers would love to see that number increase to five this season.

Lake Placid enters its Champlain Valley Athletic Conference schedule with a roster of nine, which includes five who return with varsity experience.

Longtime coach Donna Moody said not only would she like to see her squad notch a fifth-straight crown, she’s also hoping for a record of .500 or better during a regular season that appears to be up for grabs.

“Looking at the teams, I think it’s going to be wide open this year,” Moody said. “I think it’s all going to come down to who is the most consistent on the court and who brings their ‘A’ game. I think we have a lot of good parts, and for the early season we’re playing well together.”

Seniors Graci Daby, Laurel Miller and Kaleigh McKillip will serve as the Blue Bombers’ captains. As a three-year varsity player, Daby brings the most expereince to the court and is expected to be one of the team’s stronger hitters and setters. Competing in her second year at the varsity level, Miller is also a setter and hitter, while McKillip will specialize as a hitter.

Seniors Frankie Hathaway and Olivia Sawyer also return for their second varsity seasons.

Jasmine Zhang, Barrett Smith and Rose Burns are first-year varsity team members as juniors, and sophomore Sara McKillip rounds out the roster as a sophomore.

In addition to shooting for a .500 record or better, Moody said steady improvement is another goal the Blue Bombers will look to accomplish.

“We want to work hard every day, and win or lose, we want to come off the court every match being a little better,” Moody said.

“I’m really happy with the girls we have. They all have something to offer, and we’re going to need every one of them to accomplish what we’re setting out to do.”