CANTON - After going undefeated through the entire regular season and playoffs last fall, the Salmon River varsity girls volleyball team opened the 2012 NAC season by surviving a five-set scare at Canton Central on Monday.
Nicole Smoke served up 23 points as the Lady Shamrocks took the first two sets 25-12, 25-14 before Canton battled back to tie the match by claiming the next two frames 25-9 25-18. The Lady Shamrocks then regrouped to win the decisive fifth set 25-12.
Smoke also recorded seven aces, six assists and three kills in the win. Also making lead contributions were Raven Oakes (15 points, 2 aces), Wakie Mitchell (10 points, 4 aces, 3 kills, 2 asssits), Cassie Boardway (9 points) and Jackie Benedict (5 points, 6 kills, 2 assists.
Leading the way for Canton were Beth Pearson (16 points, 9 aces, 3 kills, 2 blocks), Tara Facey (14 points, 5 aces), Rachel Sanderson (6 points, 6 assists) and Cianna Wilmart (5 kills).
In other NAC openers on Monday, Franklin Academy swept Madrid-Waddington and Gouverneur downed Brushton-Moira in four sets.
FA 3, M-W 0: In Madrid, the visiting Lady Huskies won by scores of 25-10, 25-14, 25-9. Rachel Lamica paced the Huskies (1-0) with 20 service points with 15 aces. Lamica also had four kills and a pair of blocks as Brooke Peck added 10 points with three aces. Janelle Heden added seven points and one kill to the victory as Aimee Fleury and Brooke Johnson both served up five points each. Johnson added two aces and had five assists while Fleury smashed four kills.
For the Lady Yellowjackets, Britanni Dawley had six service points while Jenny King logged three blocks and Sophia Roome another two.
Gouverneur 3, B-M 1: In Brushton, the Lady Wildcats won by scores of 25-19, 18-25, 25-20, 25-16.
Leading the way for the Lady Wildcats were; Ashley Kelsey (15 points, 5 qaces, 5 assists, 3 kills, 3 digs), Kortnee Bishop 12 points, 8 aces, 6 kills, 2 digs, 1 assist), Leesa Isereau (7 points, 7 assists, 5 kills, 4 aces, 1 dig) and Mikayla McDonald (4 points, 4 kills, 2 aces, 1 assist).
Emily OConnor and Haley Villnave paced the Panthers (0-1) with 10 points apiece with OConnor picking up a pair of kills. Mackenzie King and Courtney Holcomb added six and five points, respectively. King led the play at the net with eight kills as Holcomb added three kills and provided six assists.