Lumberjacks defeat Blue Bombers in first match of the fall season
LAKE PLACID — In the first match of the fall season, the Tupper Lake volleyball team defeated the Blue Bombers 3-1 on Thursday in Lake Placid.
It was the Lumberjacks’ first win in almost two years, in a non-league matchup. Tupper Lake won by scores of 25-18, 22-25, 25-14 and 25-23.
“I think it is super great,” Tupper Lake head coach Courtney Bennett said. “The girls kind of feel a little bit of success after a hard two weeks of practice and preseason, and feeling like we got the cobwebs out is a good start for us.”
The Lumberjacks’ win marked Bennett’s first varsity volleyball win as she took over as the head coach this year. She said her first win was exciting, but she was more excited for the girls.
Tupper Lake was led by its stellar serving as the team combined for 20 aces. Sophomore Rachel Sorensen led the team with five aces, while seniors Maia Polzella and Chelsy Locke each had four.
Senior Cadie Tyo played a big factor in the win for the ‘Jacks with five assists and four kills.
After Tupper Lake took the first set to start out the match, momentum immediately shifted to the Blue Bombers.
“We had a slow start, but then they picked it up,” Bennett said. “They did a great job of adjusting and making those adjustments on the fly.”
Bennett said she wanted Tupper Lake to be energized and focus on the present moment and not what’s to come or what happened before.
The Blue Bombers were able to take the second set, making the match competitive.
“We definitely felt the butterflies,” Blue Bombers’ coach Sandy Huber said. “They eased up and started to loosen up and have fun and go for balls more. They were a little bit flat-footed, but I was proud of how they improved through the match.”
The Blue Bombers dropped the third set. In the fourth set, Tupper Lake mounted a huge lead, which forced Lake Placid into having to make a valiant comeback if they were to win. The Bombers did show promise, as the team was within two points of the ‘Jacks before eventually falling.
“Looking at the points in momentum, the fact that they were able to play aggressively when the score was close made me really proud and showed that they had fight in them and weren’t going to give up,” Huber said. “We talked about momentum and how at the end, a couple of points didn’t go our way, but we were being aggressive and hitting hard and really going for it.”
Junior Julia Crawford had a strong game for the Blue Bombers, finishing with one point, 10 kills, nine digs, two blocks and four assists. Senior Aubrey Hayes led the team with 15 points. Hayes finished the match with two aces, two kills, three digs and four assists. Junior Sydney Lawrence and senior Piper Gibson also had strong performances for Lake Placid.
“I think we ended a lot better than we started, we were definitely pretty nervous,” Huber said. “It’s so early in the season we normally would have several scrimmages before a game situation.”
Looking ahead, Tupper Lake’s next game will be a league match against Clifton-Fine at home at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 6, while Lake Placid will travel to Northern Adirondack for a 6 p.m. game on Tuesday, Sept. 7.