September 13, 2013

After slow start, Indians sweep Blue Bombers

RICKY ST. CLAIR Press-Republican

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.

The Indians maintained a 13-10 lead, but the Blue Bombers answered.

Tying the game at 20-all, Lake Placid nearly pushed the match to four games. But to no avail, Peru’s depth and relentless attack helped it come away with a three-game sweep, 25-21.

“We’ve been working on our agility to improve stamina,” Lake said. “I’ve seen a significant improvement since practice began in the middle of August.

“I really liked that we were able to use everybody on our bench (Thursday), too. Everybody got playing time (Thursday). We had two first-year players get in, contribute and get some experience. I liked that the team rallied to help them along. It was a total team effort and that’s what we were going for.”

Allison St. Louis totaled five aces, 11 points and two digs for the Indians, while freshman Taylor Higgins accumulated one ace, three points, one dig and 10 kills in the match.

Brenna Garrett paced Lake Placid with five points, one ace, four digs, five kills and one assist. Teammate Ally Wallace contributed five points, three aces and two digs.

Peru hosts Northern Adirondack Tuesday.

“I think NAC is always coming at you, and they’re scrappy,” Lake said. “You’re really not going to get much past them, so you’ve really got to work on the fundamentals. We’d really like to control the tempo from our side.”

Peru 3, Lake Placid 0

25-19, 25-21, 25-21

LP- O’Leary 1 kill; Santana 1 kills; Wallace 5 points, 3 aces, 2 digs; Rath 1 kill, 1 assist; Maiorca 5 points, 2 aces, 5 assists; Megliore 3 points, 1 dig; Eaton 1 point, 1 ace, 1 assist; Riedl 5 points, 1 ace, 1 dig, 2 kills; Garrett 5 points, 1 ace, 4 digs, 5 kills, 1 assist; Fell 5 points, 1 ace, 1 kill, 1 assist.

PCS- Miner 6 aces, 9 points; Perry 6 aces, 9 points, 6 assists, 1 kill; St. Louis 5 aces, 11 points, 2 digs; Sears 1 assist, Higgins 1 ace, 3 points, 1 dig, 10 kills; Dayton 1 ace, 8 points, 1 dig, 1 kill; Kelso 2 aces, 4 points, 4 assists; Eamer 2 digs.