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The AuSable Valley Patriots celebrate after scoring their winning point against the Plattsburgh Hornets to claim the Section VII Class C volleyball championship title Saturday at Clinton Community College in Plattsburgh. (P-R Photo/Gabe Dickens)
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Lake Placid's Brenna Garret (right) spikes the ball over Northern Adirondack's Olivia Barnaby during Saturday's Section VII Class D championship volleyball game at Clinton Community College in Plattsburgh. (P-R Photo/Gabe Dickens)
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Beekmantown's Grace Kelly (right) sets the ball as her teammate, Michaela Lafountain, watches the play unfold during Saturday's Section VII Class B championship volleyball game against Peru at Clinton Community College in Plattsburgh. (P-R Photo/Gabe Dickens)

B'town, AuSable Valley, Lake Placid capture volleyball titles

By: Eric Gissendanner

PLATTSBURGH — Taylor Maiorca recorded the final kill just inside the Northern Adirondack box as Lake Placid rallied from down a set to win the Section VII Class D volleyball championship at Clinton Community College Saturday. 

The Blue Bombers claimed their first sectional title since 1992 in a five-set thriller that saw both teams exchanging long scoring streaks.

Trailing 22-18 in the fourth set, Lake Placid scored seven of the final eight points to force a decisive fifth set. Coach Donna Moody said that rally ignited the spark her team had been missing through the previous sets.

“Once we started scoring those points, our players really started to think that we could pull this off and win it all,” Moody said. “With NAC, it’s going to be a battle, and you have to come match that intensity. Throughout the season, we showed spurts of what we could do, and it came together toward the end of (Saturday’s) match.”

In last year’s championship match, Northern Adirondack claimed the title in a three-set sweep. This season, Maiorca led the Blue Bombers to victory with 21 points and 16 assists. Brenna Garrett chipped in 16 points, 16 kills and nine assists.

“This is huge for our program,” Moody said. “Before the match, we said how there would be no regrets after (Saturday). We were going to leave everything on the floor.”

Lake Placid advances to the NYSPHSAA sub-regional round Tuesday in Massena against Section X champion Chateaugay.

Lake Placid 3, Northern Adirondack 2

16-25, 25-19, 21-25, 25-23, 25-12

LP- Maiorca, 21 points, 5 aces, 6 kills, 16 assists. Garrett, 16 points, 5 aces, 16 kills, 2 blocks, 9 assists. Santana, 7 points, 2 kills, 2 blocks. Fell, 6 points, 2 aces, 1 kill. Wallace, 6 points, 2 aces, 5 kills, 1 assist. Eaton, 2 points, 1 ace, 2 kills, 1 assist. Megliore, 1 point, 1 ace.

NAC- Barnaby, 13 points, 3 aces, 6 assists, 11 digs. Varin, 12 points, 2 aces, 16 kills, 6 digs. Garrand, 8 points, 1 ace, 6 digs. Kerr, 7 points, 1 ace, 9 kills, 5 digs. Pitts, 6 points, 3 aces, 1 kill, 2 blocks, 1 assist, 6 digs. Fountain, 3 points, 1 ace, 1 kill, 20 assists, 6 digs. Fiorino, 2 points, 2 aces, 1 kill, 2 digs. Snide, 1 kill.

Beekmantown Wins Class B

PLATTSBURGH — Michaela Lafountain collected 20 points and dished 29 assists as Beekmantown beat Peru for the Section VII Class B title. The Eagles won 3-0 with scores of 25-10, 25-9, 25-8.

Beekmantown jumped out to a 9-0 lead in the first set with help from Grace Kelly’s four kills. Kelly finished the day with 14 kills, while outside hitter Hunter Gates registered seven kills and six digs.

“Hunter’s consistency was key for us,” Beekmantown coach Shana Hileman said. “She was close to errorless at the net, and that was big for us in this match.”

The Eagles had several players shine in the match. Jordynne Ales racked up 11 points and 17 digs, while Shannon Ryan posted 10 points, four aces and seven kills. In the second set, Ryan served up back-to-back aces to ensure a win.

Maddie Kaplan paced the Indians with three points, two kills and six digs. Taylor Higgins also had three points and three digs.

Beekmantown returns to the sub-regional round, where it will play Section X winner Malone Tuesday in Massena.

Beekmantown 3, Peru 0

25-10, 25-9, 25-8

Beek- Lafountain, 20 points, 3 aces, 2 blocks, 29 assists, 3 kills, 5 digs. Ales, 11 points, 2 aces, 17 digs. Ryan, 10 points, 4 aces, 1 block, 1 assist, 7 kills, 2 digs. Anderson, 4 points, 2 blocks, 1 assist, 4 kills, 4 digs. Frederick, 3 points, 1 ace, 3 digs. Gates, 2 points, 1 ace, 7 kills, 6 digs. Manor, 1 kill, 1 dig. King, 4 digs. Vicencio, 4 digs. Bailey, 1 dig.

Peru- Kaplan, 3 points, 2 kills, 6 digs, 2 blocks. Higgins, 3 points, 2 aces, 1 kill, 3 digs. Miner, 2 points. Perry, 1 point, 1 dig, 2 assists. Stephney, 1 assist.

AuSable Valley Claims Class C

PLATTSBURGH — AuSable Valley swept Plattsburgh 3-0 to repeat as sectional champion.

The Patriots won with scores of 25-11, 25-8 and a 25-16 final set that was capped off by a Noelle Miller block for match point.

“I can’t recall a championship match ending on a block,” AuSable Valley coach Sandra Hoey said. “It’s unusual, but we’ll take it.”

The Patriots had no problem taking the first two sets, reeling off six unanswered points midway through the first set. Then in the second, Miller served up four aces as AuSable Valley cruised to a 25-8 win. Her nearly perfect line-drive serve handcuffed the Hornets’ receivers.

“I don’t really try to serve the ball in any particular way,” Miller said, “it just kind of happens.”

Plattsburgh also ran into trouble with its own service errors. Still, head coach Shea LaPorte was pleased with her players.

“Maya Browne (10 digs) was thrown in and showed great composure,” LaPorte said. “Amanda McMahon stepped up and played well.”

The Hornets were led by Deanna LaBarge’s six kills and six digs.

AuSable Valley advances to play Potsdam in the sub-regional Tuesday.

AuSable Valley 3, Plattsburgh 0

25-11, 25-8, 25-16

AVCS- Miller, 16 points, 10 kills, 7 digs, 5 aces, 3 blocks. Racette, 8 points, 3 aces, 1 dig, 1 kill. Lincoln, 7 points, 9 digs, 2 aces. Mirissa O’Neill, 6 points, 5 kills, 3 digs, 1 ace, 11 assists. Sheffer, 6 points, 8 kills, 2 aces, 6 assists, 13 digs. Brown, 3 points, 6 kills, 3 digs. Joy, 1 dig, 1 assist. Maloney, 2 digs. Christian, 2 digs.

PHS- LaBarge, 2 points, 6 digs, 6 kills, 1 block. Martin, 2 points, 1 dig, 1 kill. Browne, 1 point, 10 digs. Herkalo, 1 point. McMahon, 4 digs, 1 kill, 1 block. R. Bedard, 3 digs, 3 assists. Bracale, 1 kill, 1 block. Stanley, 4 digs. Coon, 3 digs. J. Bedard, 3 digs. Bushey 1 dig.