Saranac Lake wins rivalry match

Saranac Lake’s Tailor Whitson makes a play with Anica Null on the left and Alison Hewitt on the right during Monday’s match against Lake Placid. Also pictured is Lake Placid’s Bailey Smith (2). (Enterprise photo — Parker O’Brien)

LAKE PLACID — For the first time this season, Lake Placid and Saranac Lake’s volleyball teams faced off in a CVAC match on Monday.

The rivalry game was played in Lake Placid. The Red Storm won 3-0, by scores of 25-13, 25-10 and 25-4.

The win was the fourth of the season for the Red Storm along with the fourth straight sweep. Meanwhile, the Blue Bombers fell to 2-4 with the loss.

Although the Red Storm have showcased strong performances all season, Saranac Lake head coach Mike Navarra wants the team to stay focused.

“For us working as a team and getting positive results is really the ultimate goal,” Navarra said. “Wins come but so do losses.”

From left, Lake Placid’s Sydney Lawrence, Bailey Smith, Marlena Sharp and Melanie Megliore huddle after a point in Monday’s match up against Saranac Lake. In front of Crawford, but not seen is Aubrey Hayes. (Enterprise photo — Parker O’Brien)

In the front of the net, Saranac Lake’s Mia Sanford and Marley Small made it difficult for Lake Placid to get the ball past them. Sanford had six kills and four blocks; Small had seven kills, three blocks and three digs. Alison Hewitt had a great game on the defensive side with three digs for the Red Storm.

“The biggest factor was definitely teamwork and communication,” Navarra said. “I think defense overshadowed the serving and it was great and they did an excellent job.”

Senior Alyssa Lapierre led the way with a strong serving performance. She had five aces in the win. Lapierre finished with a game-high 14 points. Hewitt also had three aces.

“We got Lake Placid down and we kept them down and that was key,” Navarra said.

Lake Placid struggled to find its way in all three sets as the Red Storm cruised to victory.

Saranac Lake’s Anica Null awaits a serve during Monday’s match against Lake Placid. (Enterprise photo — Parker O’Brien)

“I think mentally this was the hardest match we have ever played,” Lake Placid head coach Sandy Huber said. “I’m really proud of my team for their good sportsmanship and they didn’t give up and they didn’t let it get in their heads and they played with class.”

The defense was a big factor in the Blue Bombers play. The team finished with 17 digs. Lake Placid’s Marlena Sharp and Aubrey Hayes played well on the defensive side. The pair finished the game with a combined nine digs. Sydney Lawrence also played well — she had three digs.

For Lake Placid, who had just come off a win against Northeastern Clinton last Thursday, the loss hurt, but the team will likely look to build off it.

“I think they have a lot of fight in them,” Huber said. “Thursday we had a great win and that gave us a lot of confidence and I think if we can put tonight behind us and play with the confidence we did last week I think we can get some wins.”

Navarra said the rivalry win was important. He said it’s nice for the girls to have a rivalry, but it’s even better to get a win. He added that he has a lot of respect for Lake Placid.

Lake Placid plans to look past the loss going forward.

“We got some fire in us and we are ready to go,” Huber said.

Both teams were slated to play their next match at home on Tuesday, with the Blue Bombers facing Beekmantown and the Red Storm taking on Plattsburgh.

The next match between Lake Placid and Saranac Lake is set for Oct. 18 in Saranac Lake.


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