The 2013 Champlain Valley Athletic Conference volleyball season proved to be a competitive one.
Beekmantown and AuSable Valley battled it out for regular season supremacy, with each team defeating the other once for its only losses. The Eagles and Patriots shared the CVAC regular season title.
Beekmantown would capture the Section VII Class B championship and landed in the NYSPHSAA regional quarterfinals after defeating Section X’s Franklin Academy. The Eagles fell to Section II’s Johnstown, 3-1.
AuSable Valley took home the Section VII Class C title and was also a participant in the NYSPHSAA regional quarterfinal match after knocking out Section X’s Potsdam. The Patriots dropped their quarterfinal contest to Section II’s Voorheesville, 3-0.
Lake Placid was the winner of Class D in Section VII, but fell to Section X’s Chateaugay, 3-0, in the NYSPHSAA regional first round.
The all-star teams and awards were selected by the CVAC coaches.
CO-MOST VALUABLE PLAYER
Noelle Miller (AuSable Valley)- Miller was a senior middle hitter for the Patriots. She was one of the best hitters in the league and led the Patriots with 200 kills. She was a force at the net, finishing the season with 18 blocks.
Miller had a strong serve that acquired 160 points this year and 75 aces. Miller continued to work on her game to make her a better all-around player. Her hard work earned her back-row play as her passing was much improved. A co-captain, Miller concluded her four-year varsity career with 423 points, 165 aces, 600 kills, 330 digs, 51 blocks and 30 assists.
Shannon Ryan (Beekmantown)- Ryan’s pure determination and love for the game continues to show a promising future. As a junior, she was an offensive powerhouse, averaging 13 kills, three blocks, nine digs and 10 service points per game in the CVAC. Once again, she was a vital player in the team’s offensive attack.
Ryan takes individual and team preparation seriously and showed much growth this season. In combination with setter Michaela Lafountain, Ryan ran all quick tempo attacks like a collegiate athlete. The two gelled together making key connections during critical game times. She was a team leader in kills and kill percentage, earning season high stats of 144 service points, 35 aces, 42 blocks, 192 kills and 125 digs.
Along with her impressive hitting and blocking skills, Ryan was the most consistent server on the team only missing five serves during game play all year long. The team was always confident with her consistency behind the line and relied on her for team service points. Her sheer athleticism, height and work ethic has made her one of the most dominate hitters in the state.
COACH OF THE YEAR
Sandra Hoey (AuSable Valley)- Hoey guided the Patriots to an improved season from a year ago, a tough task considering they finished 16-3 and a sectional title in 2012.
This year, the Patriots lost their opening match to Beekmantown and then went on to win 18 consecutive matches, including a 5-set thriller over the Eagles to end Beekmantown’s long winning streak.
The Patriots won their fourth-consecutive Class C title and then beat Section X champion Potsdam in regional play. The team finished the season 18-2 after losing a very competitive match to undefeated Voorheesville, of Section II, in regional play.
Miranda Sheffer (AuSable Valley)- Sheffer was a senior setter and hitter in a 6-2 offense for the Patriots. She had a potent jump float serve which started the team off offensively. She led the team in points with 246 as well as aces with 95.
Sheffer was a very versatile all-around player. She also finished the season with 105 kills and 119 digs. Sheffer had a strong work ethic and had a fierce competitive spirit. A co-captain, Sheffer’s passion for volleyball drove her as a player.
Mirissa O’Neill (AuSable Valley)- O’Neill was the perfect leader on and off the court. She always considered the team before herself. O’Neill was a setter and hitter in the 6-2 offense for the Patriots. Her work ethic was second to none.
O’Neill led the team with assists and contributed both offensively and defensively to the team’s success.
Michaela LaFountain (Beekmantown)- LaFountain’s sheer speed, impressive 24” vertical jump and court sense made her an impact player in all aspects of the game. LaFountain earned the team quarterback (setter) position for the second year in a row. What most impressed the coaching staff was her maturity, work ethic and ability to run the offense like a veteran quarterback as a sophomore.
Despite only being 5-4, LaFountain put up one of the strongest and most consistent blocks in the CVAC. The coaching staff was confident in placing LaFountain in any position on the court. Many know LaFountain for her precise setting skills; however her hitting, serve receive passing and defensive skills are among the best. She had an impressive season accumulating 133 points, 33 aces, 492 assists and 110 digs.
Grace Kelly (Beekmantown)- Kelly is one of the most versatile players Beekmantown has ever had in the program. In the past three years she has been a starter at setter, right side, outside and this season a middle hitter. Many know Kelly for her explosive vertical jump and powerful hits. Kelly closed out an impressive junior year with 160 kills, 168 points, 168 digs and earning her personal best of 19 kills vs. AuSable Valley in October.
Her superb offensive consistency and ability to read her opponent’s block was the key to the Eagles’ successful offense. In addition to her outstanding offense, Kelly was one of Beekmantown’s top serve receive and defensive players. Rarely is Kelly aced on and has textbook perfect passing form. She is a workhorse who rises to any challenge presented to her. The Eagles look forward to seeing what Grace brings to the table in her senior year.
Emily Anderson (Beekmantown)- A second-year captain for the Eagles, Anderson has been a dominate hitter and power server. She is a true leader who is well respected by her teammates and coaching staff. For the three years she was a starting hitter and ranked in blocks, service points and aces. This season she made a huge transition to the right side from a middle hitter, allowing the Eagles to put up dominate attacks and blocks.
Where most teams lack a hitter/blocker on the right side, Anderson is one of the key contributors to the Eagles’ offense. In addition, she has been a power server for the Eagles for the last three seasons. She could be counted on for a strong, consistent serve and was always Beekmantown’s first or second server of the game. Behind the service line she averaged 12 points per game and seven aces.
Anderson has great court sense and is a “go to” player at crunch time, she will be difficult to replace next season.
Lea Perry (Peru)- As a senior, Perry was a three-year varsity starter and on-court captain. Perry’s leadership skills were invaluable to the team. She finished the season with 89 service points, 34 aces, 29 kills, 41 digs, 150 assists and five blocks. Perry’s speed and setting ability were the focal point of the Indian offense.
Brianna McCoy (Northeastern Clinton)- McCoy helped lead the Northeastern Clinton volleyball team to one of its more successful seasons in years. She was a skillful, all-around player, but excelled at the net. McCoy led the team in blocks, averaging over three blocks per match.
She was also among the team leaders in both kills and aces.
Kayla Byerley (Saranac)- Kayla was a natural athlete for the Chiefs, who led by example. She showed great work ethic and personality, which made her a role model to future stars. Though she was plagued by multiple injuries, Kayla persevered and helped raise the bar for competition in this area. Her presence both on and off the court will be well received next season.
Champlain Valley Athletic Conference
Mirissa O’Neil (AuSable Valley), Miranda Sheffer (AuSable Valley), Emily Anderson (Beekmantown), Michaela LaFountain (Beekmantown), Grace Kelly (Beekmantown), Brianna McCoy (Northeastern Clinton), Lea Perry (Peru), Kayla Byerley (Saranac)
Alex Lincoln (AuSable Valley), Brenna Garrett (Lake Placid), Zoey Varin (Northern Adirondack), Ellen Reid (Northeastern Clinton), Taylor Higgins (Peru), Kianna Dragoon (Plattsburgh), Samantha Martin (Plattsburgh), Loni LaPoint (Saranac)
Matoaka Reidl (Lake Placid), Maddie Kaplan (Peru), Maddy Bushey (Plattsburgh), Olivia Barnaby (Northern Adirondack), Amanda Tallon (Northeastern Clinton), Anne Dorrance (Saranac), Samantha Martin (Saranac Lake)
Most Valuable Player: Shannon Ryan (Beekmantown) and Noelle Miller (AuSable Valley)
Coach of the Year: Sandra Hoey (AuSable Valley)
Ray Holmes Sportsmanship Award: AuSable Valley.