The road to the Section 10 Class C Girls Volleyball Championship invariably passes through Salmon River.
Even if the Shamrocks arent playing in their gym in Fort Covington.
Playing at home, OFA methodically cleared the Salmon River hurdle on Monday with a 25-20, 25-20, 25-16 victory.
The second-seeded Lady Devils (13-4) moved into the Section 10 Class Championship match on Wednesday at 4:30 p.m. in Massena opposite top-seeded Potsdam which advanced past Canton 3-0.
Salmon River has a very good program and a very good coach. They just wouldnt go away today. Serving and receiving was definitely the key for us, said OFA Coach Sue McLean.
We worked very hard on serving and receiving yesterday in practice after a poor serving night against Edwards-Knox. The preparation paid off as we served with 91 percentage accuracy aided by reserve Jennie Dalton who was really steady.
Emma Hart served the Devils to a 6-1 lead in the first game which proved decisive and Taylor Fisher served for 10 straight in the third game as the Devils pulled away from a 9-7 lead.
Fisher finished with team highs of 15 points, six aces, seven kills and two blocks; Hart finished with nine points, four aces, two kills, five assists and three digs and Dalton served for four points with one dig.
Rounding out a night of timely contributions by the entire team were: Adrianna Compo (12 points, 3 aces, 2 kills, 3 digs), Sky Hoover (7 kills, 4 points, 3 aces), Paige Perry (6 kills, 4 digs, 1 point, 1 ace), Tayler Perry (5 points, 1 ace, 5 assists, 2 kills, 1 dig) and Jennie Logan (1 dig).
Leading Salmon River (8-9) were: Raven Oakes (6 service points, 3 kills), Iakohonwentsiawakon Mitchell (5 service points), Mara Lazore (7 service points, 3 blocks) and Erica Martin (3 service points).
The Lady Devils will be looking to reverse two losses to the Sandstoners in NAC West Division action.
Against Potsdam we really need to execute our offense and we cant have a lot of unforced errors, said McLean.
We have to be aggressive but we have to be aggressive under control because they are such a good defensive team.
Potsdam 3 - Canton 0: The top-seeded Stoners and advanced past Canton 25-12, 25-21, 25-15.
We have a really solid set of players who have been playing varsity for a number of years. For most of them, volleyball is their only sport and theyve worked hard at it. Weve had a very good season but were not done yet, said coach Julia Pahler after the Lady Sandstoners improved to 15-2 overall.
We had to work hard to win both our matches with Ogdensburg this year. Its going to be a real challenge for us. Elna Daby led a strong showing from the service line for Potsdam with a team-high 16 points, including three aces. Senior Victoria Mondragon tallied 14 points, eight aces and seven kills and junior Sarah Vivlamore generated 30 sets, nine assists, seven points, three aces and two kills.
Top performers for Canton were Cianna Willmart with 8 points, 3 aces, 1 kill; Colleen Barkley with 7 points, 3 aces; Megan Howard with 2 kills, 3 points, 1 ace and Angelina Vecchio with 4 points, 1 ace.
This concludes season in which every match was competitive and close in points. We are Looking to rebuild next year after graduating nine seniors, said Canton Coach Carla Wentworth.
The program is strong with participants at both levels indicating a high interest in volleyball at this time. The JV team finished their season last week showing strong improvement by all members. Many thanks go out to all parents and other supporters of the program.
M-W SEASON ENDS
Madrid-Waddingtons season ended in the Class D semi-finals on Monday in a 3-0 loss at Edwards-Knox. E-K moves on to play top-seeded Chateaugay, a 3-0 winner over Tupper Lake on Monday, in the Class D Championship match on Wednesday at Massena.