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Massena outlasts OFA in NAC volleyball opener

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OGDENSBURG - Ogdensburg Free Academy began charging admission for girls volleyball home matches in Friday’s NAC Intervisional match between the Blue Devils and Massena.

The fans in attendance certainly got their money’s worth as the two longtime rivals showed kills, athleticism and exteme hustle going five games before Massena stemmed a determined comeback effort by OFA.

The Raiders won ther first two games 25-19, 25-18 and then took an intense 25-22 fifth game after the OFA pulled even with wins of 25-18 and 25-22.

“It was an excellent match especially for a season-opener. We just had trouble handling number 11 (Janisa Benedict) because she blocked the ball so well,” said OFA Coach Sue McLean.

“We really haven’t played against anyone who blocked like that and Massena did a betgter job setting up attacks on the front line. We attacked well from the back but we needed more quality attacks from the front.”

Benedict finished with a high impact triple-double of 10 kills, 10 blocks and 20 points and delivered four kills in the Raiders last five points of the night. Tristan Thomas passed out 15 assists and scored 10 points and Krista Loran scored 10 points.

Brittany Barr (28 points, 8 aces, 6 kills, 3 digs), Felicia Barr (7 kills, 3 digs, 1 block, 13 points, 9 aces), Jade Casey (10 points, 3 aces, 1 kill, 3 digs) led OFA’s hitting while Olivia Bender used exceptional hustle to pass out 15 assists to go aong with three digs and one kill.

Katrina Couperus (3 kills, 12 digs. 1 assist) was very active as the libero with Emma Hart (1 assist, 7 points), Taylor Fisher (6 kills, 1 dig, 6 pts, 1 ace) and Sky Hoover (3 kills, 4 points, 3 aces) rounded out the OFA effort.

In the other season-opening matches on Friday, Chateaugay downed Potsdam in four sets and Edwards-Knox did likewise to Tupper Lake.

Chateaugay 3, Potsdam 1:In Potsdam, the Chateaugay varsity volleyball team came out strong and won the first two games, 25-6 and 25-16, fell by six points in the third game, then rallied in the fourth game 25-11 to win the season-opening contest.

“We came out well,” stated Chateaugay Coach Chris Reynolds. “We had a hiccup in game three but we came back strong in game four.”

The Stumpf sisters, Carolyn and Desiree, combined for 26 points, 14 and 12 respectively, while Desiree had seven aces to pace the lady Bulldogs.

Caitlin Miller was the force at the net with 14 kills, two blocks and 10 assists while scoring 10 points with three aces from the back line.

Also playing well for CCS were Shelby Yanulavich and Paige English. Yanulavich put up an 11-point, five-kill effort while English had eight points, four aces and three kills.

E-K 3, Tupper Lake 1: The Lady Cougars won by scorers of 25-19, 25-17, 23-25, 25-18.

Marissa Johnson led the winning effort with 13 service points, two kills and two blocks. Nicole Hendricks tallied 10 points, three kills and two blocks whle Megan Farr fashioned seven oints and three kills.

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