MASSENA — All it took was three sets.
AuSable Valley took care of business Wednesday, defeating Massena in three straight sets to move into the NYSPHSAA Class C volleyball quarterfinals.
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The Patriots began the game strong, winning the first set 25-13. The Red Raiders made it more of a competitive match in the second set, but AuSable Valley was still able to get the 25-19 victory. The Patriots officially knocked out Massena in the third and final set of the match, 25-14.
Patriots coach Sandra Hoey received excellent performances from her entire squad, as seven players were able to contribute statistically.
“We spread our offense around, a lot of different hitters mixing up hard swings to shots to the middle. We gave them a lot of different looks,” Hoey said. “We had a complete team effort with a full team for the first time (this season).”
Marissa O’Neill led the Patriots in points with 11 and also recorded two aces, six kills, four digs and nine assists in the match. Teammate Lindsay Brown followed O’Neill in points with 10 and also finished the day with four aces, five kills, seven digs and one block.
Miranda Sheffer also had a productive day for AuSable Valley, finishing with four points, two aces, seven kills, nine digs and eight assists. Noelle Miller had nine digs for the Patriots, along with seven kills, three aces and five points.
“Great team effort,” Hoey said. “We stay united and that’s what’s keeping us victorious, we also have strong fan support behind us — the fans are a huge part.”
AuSable Valley’s next opponent is Section II’s Voorheesville, an opponent Hoey and her team is quite familiar with.
“It’s Voorheesville’s fourth trip to state finals. They are a very veteran team,” Hoey said. “We faced them the past four years, (and I think we) finally have the experience and talent to beat them this year.”
Hoey believes in her group of girls, and understands it won’t be easy, but they are more than capable to get a victory over the Blackbirds and move on in the tournament.
“We’re ready for Saturday,” Hoey said. “We’re used to traveling and playing that caliber ball. We know it’s going to take a strong effort to win on Saturday and we’re ready for the challenge.”
The Patriots and Voorheesville play at Gloversville High School at 2 p.m. Saturday.
AuSable Valley 3, Potsdam 0
AV: 25-13, 25-19, 25-14.
AV- Miller 5 points, 3 aces, 7 kills, 9 digs; Brown 10 points, 4 aces, 5 kills, 7 digs, 1 block; Sheffer 4 points, 2 aces, 7 kills, 9 digs, 8 assists; Lincoln 2 points, 4 digs; Racette 7 points, 1 ace, 3 digs; O’Neill 11 points, 2 aces, 6 kills, 4 digs, 9 assists; Christian 1 dig; Bourgeois 1 kill.
Beekmantown wins in Class B
MASSENA — Senior leadership pulled the Eagles through the next round of state tournament play.
After a sluggish start, senior Jordyanne Ales rallied her team to beat Section X’s Franklin Academy in three straight sets.
The Eagles narrowly defeated the Huskies 25-17 in the first set, but then stepped up their performance and handily beat Franklin Academy, 25-14 and 25-13, in the second and third sets, respectively.
“I want to really highlight Jordynee Ales leadership and intensity,” Beekmantown coach Shana Hileman said. “She was all over the court (and she was) pretty much the reason why we got our offense going after a slow start.”
Ales finished the contest with an astounding 23 digs, along with a kill, two aces and six points. Michaela Lafountain also had a productive day for the Eagles, recording 31 assists to go along with a kill, three digs, six aces and 15 points. Shannon Ryan had a strong game defensively, as she led the team with 13 kills, along with eight digs, a block and three points.
Hileman explained how she made a few “minor adjustments” to start the second set, as she moved Ryan on the Huskies’ most dominate hitter.
“Shannon Ryan stepped up,” Hileman said. “She had a strategically, smart game.”
Beekmantown will take on Section II’s Johnstown at Gloversville High School, Saturday at 12 p.m.
Beekmantown 3, Franklin Academy 0
B: 25-17, 25-14, 25-13
B- King 3 digs; Frederick 2 digs; LaFountain 15 points, 6 aces, 31 assists, 1 kill, 3 digs; Gates 3 points, 1 ace, 4 digs; Manor 3 kills; Kelly 7 points, 3 kills, 2 blocks, 10 kills, 9 digs; Ales 6 points, 2 aces, 1 kill, 23 digs; Frechette 4 points; Ryan 3 points, 1 block, 13 kills, 8 digs; Anderson 13 points, 3 aces, 1 block, 4 kills, 7 digs.
Lake Placid falls in Class D
MASSENA — Section X’s Chateaugay defeated Lake Placid in three sets in the Class D regional semifinals.
Results of the match were not received by the Press-Republican by press time.