September 13, 2013

After slow start, Indians sweep Blue Bombers

PERU — Down 16-15 in Game 1, Peru volleyball coach Mary Anne Lake had seen enough.

“They weren’t moving their feet,” Lake said. “They get down on themselves at times, and they just don’t move. I basically told them, ‘If you’re not moving your feet, I’ve got other people on the bench who do.’ I don’t get mad often, but when I do, they know I mean it.”

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It might have been the spark the Indians needed.

Peru rallied from its one-point deficit to sweep Lake Placid 25-19, 25-21 and 25-21 in Champlain Valley Athletic Conference volleyball Thursday.

“I think that the first game was a little slow,” Lake said. “Once we got into what we’ve been practicing and what we’ve been working on, we started to play aggressive. We’ve got some really good, aggressive hitters around the net, and I think we capitalized on that.”

The Indians were led by Lea Perry and Lexi Miner, who played a critical role in helping Peru regain its momentum.

Perry registered six aces, nine points, six assists and one kill.

“We tried to keep our cool and regroup,” Perry said. “Lake Placid has improved a lot. We needed to focus and call the ball. We were able to fight and grind it out.”

After winning game one 25-19, the Indians jumped out to a seven-point advantage in the second go-around.

Miner, who added six aces and nine points for Peru, said her team was the aggressor in Game 2.

“Our team had a couple of spikes in the second game that really generated some momentum,” Miner said. “They went on a little run, but coach called timeout. Fortunately, we got it done.”

The third and final game of the match was a back-and-forth affair.

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