MASSENA - The Massena Central varsity girls volleyball team answered an early Tupper Lake challenge to claim a four-set decision and remain undefeated in the NAC on Wednesday.
Katelynn Malone served up 27 points as the Lady Raiders regrouped from a 25-23 loss in the opening set by taking the next three 25-16, 25-15, 25-15. Krista Loran had another 25 service points while Janisa Benedict tallied 13 points, five kills, four blocks and three digs.
Now 5-0 on the season, the Lady Raiders are slated to play at Salmon River on Friday starting with the modified match beginning at 4:45 p.m.
In the other NAC matches on Wednesday, Chateaugay outlasted Salmon River in five sets and Franklin Academy beat Brushton-Moira in three straight.
Chateaugay 3, Salmon River 2: In Chateaugay, the visiting Lady Shamrocks erased an 0-2 deficit (25-17, 25-19) by winning the next two sets 25-23, 25-22 before the Lady Bulldogs recovered to claim the fifth 25-21.
Paige English led the CCs offensive attack with 23 service points, including five aces. English and Caitlin Miller combined for 37 assists with Miller getting 23. Miller added 10 kills and four blocks to the Bulldogs victory.
The Stumpf sisters, Carolyn and Desiree, combined for 13 points and 20 kills. Carolyn had 15 of the kills while Desiree had a huge floor game with seven digs. Shelby Yanulavich added a 17-point, five-ace, 14-kill performance in front of the large group of fans in attendance. Bailey Dowd added a seven-point, five-dig effort to the win while Kylie Hanley had eight assists.
The loss was the first of the season for the SRC Shamrocks, who fall into a tie for third place with the Franklin Academy Huskies, both at 4-1.
Nicole Smoke led the SRC attack with 16 service points, including six aces, and seven kills. Smoke also had 13 assists while Raven Oakes added a 12-point, two-ace, three-assist effort.
Jackie Benedict helped keep the Shamrocks close in the match with 11 kills and seven points as Kasennakohe David chipped in with eight points, two aces and six kills.