Red Storm spikers top Lake Placid
SARANAC LAKE — The Saranac Lake volleyball team maintained its recent mastery over rival Lake Placid with a 3-1 victory over the Blue Bombers Monday.
Playing at home, Saranac Lake triumphed by 25-14, 16-25, 25-17 and 25-23 scores.
The win was the second of the season for the Red Storm, who improved to 2-4 with two matches remaining this week. Meanwhile, the Blue Bombers fell to 1-4 with the loss that kicked off a busy week of four contests over a five-day stretch.
Although Saranac Lake came out on top, head coach Mike Navarra said he would like to be seeing more consistancy and enthusiasm from his young squad.
“It was an interesting match,” Navarra said. “Sure we won, but there was some lackluster efforts and not a lot of movement on the court. We had a few players who did their job and did positive things and others who were just going through the motions. We won out of sheer athleticism and the ability to get good hard serving.”
Navarra said freshman Anica Null and junior Alyssa LaPierre turned in standout efforts in the win. LaPierre led Saranac Lake with 12 points, five aces and five kills. Null chipped in with five kills, three aces, a dig and four points.
Mia Sanford also recorded a team-high seven kills for the Red Storm, and Azra Michael tallied 13 assists in the win.
Lake Placid competed without two experienced starters in the lineup and put in a valiant effort despite playing shorthanded. After dropping the opening game, the Blue Bombers notched a win in the second game, and nearly forced a fifth-and deciding game but came up a sliver short in losing the fourth game by two points.
Sophomore Julia Crawford had a strong outing all around for the Blue Bombers, finishing with five points, one ace, eight kills, 11 digs, two blocks and a pair of assists. Karis Hudson topped the team with 11 points and 13 digs. Evelynn Sharp finished with three points, a match-high nine kills, 11 digs, a block and 9 assists. Dylan Bashaw also had a strong serving performance for Lake Placid.
The Blue Bombers were slated to play their next match on Tuesday at Plattsburgh.
Saranac Lake will be in action at home this evening against Northern Adirondack in a match where the team will honor its seven seniors.
Saranac Lake 3, Lake Placid 1
25-14, 16-25, 25-17, 25-23
Saranac Lake — Null, 5 kills, 3 aces, 1 dig, 4 points. Michael, 1 kill, 4 digs, 1 points, 13 assists. White, 1 dig. Lapierre, 5 kills, 5 aces, 12 points. Sanford, 7 kills, 1 block. Hewitt, 4 aces, 3 digs, 5 points. Whitson, 2 kills, 3 aces, 2 digs, 5 points, 1 assist. Burcume, 1 point. K. Leeret, 1 kill, 2 aces, 2 digs, 8 points, 3 assists, S. Leeret, 1 point.
Lake Placid — Smith, 2 points, 1 ace, 1 kill, 2 digs. Hudson, 11 points, 2 aces, 2 kills, 13 digs. Megliore, 2 points. E. Sharp, 3 points, 1 ace, 9 kills, 11 digs, 1 block, 9 assists. Hayes, 1 point, 1 kill, 2 digs, 1 assist. M. Sharp, 2 points, 2 kills, 2 digs. Gavin, 1 point. Crawford, 5 points, 1 ace, 8 kills, 11 digs, 2 blocks, 2 assists. Bashaw — no statistics availble.