September 6, 2013

After slow start, Eagles sweep in volleyball opener

BEEKMANTOWN — It’s no secret that Beekmantown is the team to beat in Champlain Valley Athletic Conference volleyball this fall.

The Eagles, fresh off a 17-1 season, picked up right where they left off, sweeping defending Class C champion AuSable Valley, 25-23, 25-19 and 25-20 Thursday.

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“AuSable, they’re very smart,” Beekmantown coach Shana Hileman said. “They’ve played a lot of ball; they play club ball. So these girls are used to seeing competition like us in the offseason. These are the types of games that we need to play.”

Despite a three-game sweep, the Eagles didn’t get out to the start they were looking for.

The Patriots jumped out to an 7-1 lead in the early going of game one.

“Our serve receive was struggling,” Hileman said. “We’re new to some of the lineup switches that we had. We’re just trying to find that perfect lineup, and it takes a couple weeks for us to gel. Hopefully after this weekend once we travel to Burnt Hills, we will find a lineup that will work.”

Using libero Jordynne Ales to keep plays alive, Beekmantown went on a 24-16 run, winning the first game by two points.

Ales, who recently switched to the defensive-oriented position, finished with 10 points, two aces, one assist, one kill and 15 digs.

“I think that was nerves to be honest,” Ales said. “We knew they were coming for us. We have a great team, though. We all have a positive attitude, and our team plays together really well. We have really strong team chemistry.

“I played defense for my club team as well, so it’s just different because I’m on the right side, the middle and the outside. It’s a little crazy, but as long as I keep my head straight, I’ll be good.”

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