RICKY ST. CLAIR
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.”
In the second game, Hileman saw a better start, with the Eagles jumping out to a 10-4 advantage, forcing AuSable Valley coach Sandra Hoey to call timeout.
Hileman said Beekmantown’s defensive approach was in midseason form, noting Ales, Grace Kelly and Mikaela Frechette as key contributors.
“Up until last year, I was always a defensive coach,” Hileman said. “I was more of a defensive player my whole entire life, so from my standpoint, I’ve always focused on passing and defense first. If you don’t have that, you don’t have an offense. Right now, we have some very good offensive players because of our defense.”
The Eagles held on to win game two 25-19.
After a 13-all tie in the third and final game, Beekmantown used its serving strength to its advantage, managing a 25-20 victory to score a sweep.
“Not many service mistakes,” Hileman said. “Really, we tried to keep it less than five the whole game. I think we only missed four the whole match, which was good.”
Emily Anderson paced the Eagles with 12 points on one ace, two assists, one kill and two digs, while Michaela LaFountain accumulated eight points, one block, two kills and three digs.
Noelle Miller led the Patriots with nine points, three aces, seven kills, six digs and three blocks, while Miranda Sheffer registered seven points, three aces, six kills, eight digs and seven assists in the loss.
Beekmantown travels to the Capital District region to play a tournament hosted by Burnt Hills of Section II this weekend.
Beekmantown 3AuSable Valley 0
25-23, 25-19, 25-20
A- Miller 9 points, 3 aces, 7 kills, 6 digs, 3 blocks; Brown 3 points, 3 kills, 3 digs, 2 assists; Sheffer 7 points, 3 aces, 6 kills, 8 digs, 7 assists; Bourgeois 1 kill, 1 dig, 2 blocks; Lincoln 3 points, 2 aces, 3 kills, 18 digs; Racette 6 points, 1 ace, 1 kills, 3 digs; Maloney 8 digs; O’Neill 7 kills, 5 digs, 13 assists.
B- Lafountain 8 points, 1 block, 18 assists, 2 kills, 3 digs; Manor 1 dig; Kelly 3 points, 2 blocks, 7 kills, 4 digs; Ales 10 points, 2 ace, 1 assist, 1 kill, 15 digs; Frechette 4 points, 1 ace, 2 assists, 6 kills, 2 digs; Vicencio 1 kill, 2 digs; Ryan 3 points, 4 blocks, 9 kills, 2 digs; Anderson 12 points, 1 ace, 2 assists, 1 kill, 2 digs.
Plattsburgh High 3, Saranac 0
SARANAC — The Hornets registered a three-game sweep of the Chiefs, picking up 25-19, 25-18 and 25-20 wins.
Kianna Dragoon led the way for Plattsburgh High with eight points, three aces, 27 assists and three kills, while Lida Jivitski accumulated two aces, six kills, 10 digs and six points.
“Shannon Bracale really stepped up and played an all-around great game,” Hornets coach Shae LaPorte said.
Statistics for Saranac were submitted.
Plattsburgh High 3, Saranac 0
25-19, 25-18, 25-20
P- J. Bedard 2 kills, 4 digs; R. Bedard 3 assists; Bracle 3 aces, 2 kills, 15 digs, 13 points; Dragoon 3 aces, 27 assists, 3 kills, 8 points; Jivitski 2 aces, 6 kills, 10 digs, 6 points; LaBarge 1 ace, 1 assist, 13 kills, 15 digs, 1 point; Martin 6 kills and 9 digs; McMahon 2 aces, 4 kills, 9 digs, 7 points; Stanley 12 digs.
Games Not Reported
The Press-Republican did not receive results for Peru at Saranac Lake or Northern Adirondack at Lake Placid.