High School Roundup: ‘Jacks hitters fall to Golden Bears
TUPPER LAKE — While it might not have looked like it on the scoreboard, through most of Tuesday’s match the Tupper Lake volleyball held their own against a solid Canton Golden Bears team.
Playing on their home court, the Lumberjacks were swept in three straight sets by scores of 25-15, 25-23 and 25-10. The loss dropped Tupper Lake’s overall record to 3-8, while Canton improved to 8-1.
“We had some really good moments. We played hard and we kept up with a really good Canton team,” Lumberjacks head coach Courtney Bennett said. “Other moments, we kind of just let ourselves get in our heads and we need to overcome some of those mental struggles.”
The Lumberjacks hitters were aggressive early and their strategy seemed to work in their favor, with Tupper Lake taking a 6-4 lead in the first set. Canton caught up and the two squads were deadlocked at 8-8.
Tied at 8-8, the Golden Bears started to over power the Lumberjacks, extending their lead to 18-14, before closing out the set on a 7-1 run.
With Tupper Lake’s Rebecca Becker serving at the start of the second set, the Lumberjacks took a 3-1 lead before Canton tied the set at 4-4.
After the two teams traded points back and forth, the Golden Bears found some momentum and took their largest lead of the set at 17-12.
Tupper Lake never gave up and clawed its way back to a 17-16 score, with the Lumberjacks’ Liza Crouse serving during that stretch. Despite, Tupper Lake’s effort, Canton was able to squeeze by to win the middle set.
“That second set was awesome. We played well, the girls were in their comfortable positions, playing with girls they are comfortable with,” Bennett said. “But we just need to push through a little bit harder, but I was just very proud of that game.
“To play with Canton for that long and to be that close, is a huge accomplishment for us,” she added. “Even in that first game, we played well and we were within a couple points for a while. Those things were big wins for us this season and we can use those to keep building on moving forward.”
Things didn’t go as smoothly in the third game. The Golden Bears went on multiple scoring runs, including a 7-2 run led by Ava Hoy, who served during that stretch, to edge out Tupper Lake by 15 points.
“Overall, I think we overcame some adversity,” Bennett said. “We had girls in different positions. We were trying different things out and I think they made some adjustments well. They did a much better job playing as a team today than they had recently, so I’m proud of that. We could have served better, but that’s alright. They did OK.”
Tupper Lake’s Crouse had two aces in the loss, while Becker had 12 assists. Lumberjacks’ senior Mya Gersenberger had a solid performance with four kills.
Tupper Lake is slated to host Ogdensburg Free Academy today at 6 p.m.
B-M 2, TL 0
The Tupper Lake girls soccer team has had its fair share of struggles this season, but on Tuesday, the team put together a solid performance with multiple scoring opportunities.
Despite the Lumberjacks’ efforts, the team couldn’t put all the pieces together and ultimately fell 2-0 to the Brushton-Moira Panthers at home.
After both teams were held scoreless in the first half, the Panthers broke through with their first goal, which was scored around 30 yards out over the head of Tupper Lake’s goaltender Tamina Martin.
A few minutes later, Brushton-Moira tacked on its second goal of the contest from inside the box, after the Lumberjacks were unable to clear a corner kick attempt.
Despite being plagued by a two-goal second half from the Panthers, Lumberjacks head coach Andrea LaMere thought her team played well.
“I think they played a lot more offense than defense, which is good,” LaMere said. “They challenged the ball. They sent it to space. They crashed the net. We had a lot of scoring opportunities. They played their hearts out. Coach Godin and I are very proud of them.”
Tupper Lake’s Martin and Abigail Smith, who split time in net, combined for five saves on Tuesday. The loss drops the Lumberjacks to 0-9.
With just five games left on the season, LaMere said she hopes that the team will show the same kind of effort going forward. She added that she hopes to end the season strong.
Tupper Lake will hit the road today, as the team is set to take on Madrid-Waddington at 4:30 p.m.