Blue Bombers fall to Beekmantown
LAKE PLACID — For the second time this week, Lake Placid’s volleyball team found itself on the wrong side of a 3-0 sweep at home against Beekmantown, Tuesday.
Unlike the game against Saranac Lake on Monday, the Blue Bombers fought until the very end of each set. The Blue Bombers lost by scores of 25-20, 25-18 and 25-19.
“Our theme was, work hard, work together, stay positive and have fun and they did all of those,” Lake Placid head coach Sandy Huber said. “I’m not disappointed in the loss because I think they played with a lot of character and poise and they had fun.”
The Blue Bombers started the match by dropping its first two sets, but each set was a back and forth battle.
In the third set, Lake Placid took a 6-1 lead, which forced Beekmantown to call a timeout. The timeout helped shift the momentum as the Eagles went 13 to 2 run to take the lead, which made the score 8-14.
As both teams traded points back and forth, the Blue Bombers showed high energy when the team was within four points of Beekmantown, before eventually falling.
“I think a lot of times, Julia (Crawford) will have one really good hit or one really good block and she had a couple of big plays and we get pumped when those happen,” Huber said. “We get really excited and everybody just raises their level of play when that happens. We get really excited about it.”
Crawford controlled the front of the net the entire game for the Bombers, which likely gave energy to the team. She finished with 11 kills and a block.
“When we get a really good dig or a really good rally it just increases our energy a lot,” Huber said. “I think we just kept the energy up for a while.”
Lake Placid’s Marlena Sharp got 11 digs, which were critical on the defensive side for the Blue Bombers.
Sydney Lawrence had a standout performance on both sides of the court. Lawrence had 12 points, seven digs, an assist and a kill. Aubrey Hayes had a strong performance; she provided a team-high nine assists.
“I think we did great I was really impressed with their focus tonight,” Huber said. “I just talked to them about how smart they played and how they read what was happening on the other side of the court and they anticipated where the ball was going. On the awkward plays, we were reacting really well. I was really impressed with the focus and making good decisions.”
Huber and the team will likely want to build off the momentum and energy the team showed in the final set.
The Blue Bombers are slated to host Saranac Central on Tuesday at 6 p.m.