Red Storm wins 10th straight match

Northern Adirondack’s Kate LaPoint, left, tries to make a play on the ball with Saranac Lake’s Tailor Hewitt attempting to stop her during Tuesday’s match.(Enterprise photo — Parker O’Brien)

SARANAC LAKE — The undefeated Saranac Lake girls volleyball team cruised to a 3-1 victory over Northern Adirondack at home on Tuesday.

Facing off against the Bobcats for the second time this season, the Red Storm won by scores of 25-18, 19-25, 25-14 and 25-9.

Saranac Lake head coach Mike Navarra said one of the things that has kept the team rolling has been the serving.

The Red Storm finished the match with 11 aces, with Tailor Whitson serving six of them.

After Saranac Lake was able to take the first set, the team did not start the second set as hot — the team was down 3-7. After pushing through, the Red Storm took the lead.

From left, Anica Null, Azra Michael, Alyssa Lapierre, Mia Sanford, Allison Hewitt, Malea White and Marley Small stand together during a timeout at Tuesday’s meet against Northern Adirondack. (Enterprise photo — Parker O’Brien)

With the Red Storm leading 19-18, the Bobcats managed to go on a 7-0 run to win the second set.

Navarra said the team had a mental lapse in the second set.

“Many of my players started missing serves, not playing where they are supposed to play on offense in transitioning,” Navarra said. “It’s important that we are very smooth.”

The Red Storm followed up the second set loss by winning the next two sets pretty easily, to win the match.

“I think it’s a matter of reminding them that complacency is not something you can deal with in this sport,” Navarra said. “I do think that if they continue to win and win easily. They are gonna struggle to really pull away from teams as they did in the third and fourth sets.

At left, Saranac Lake’s Allison Hewitt and Anica Null wait for the serve during Tuesday’s match against Northern Adirondack. (Enterprise photo — Parker O’Brien)

Saranac Lake’s Alyssa Lapierre was a big factor in the win. Lapierre finished the match with a game-high 21 points. The Red Storm’s Allison Hewitt was once again dominant on defense with 16 digs, while Azra Michael had a triumphant 34 assists. Anica Null and Mia Sanford also played a big role in front of the net for Saranac Lake — the two combined for 25 kills.

Kate LaPoint and Emily Griffin played well on offense for the Bobcats. The two had a combined 15 points and seven aces. Northern Adirondack’s Chelsey Guay and Elyse Hogan each had double-digit digs.

Even with the win, Navarra said he wants his team to stay composed and does not want them to rush the game. He said once the team needs to let the game flow and to play their positions.

With the win, the Red Storm remain at the top of the Champlain Valley Athletic Association standings. The team will travel to take on AuSable Valley today at 6 p.m.


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