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Massena, Salmon River girls capture Section 10 volleyball titles

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CANTON - The NAC East Division produced all three Section 10 girls volleyball champions on Tuesday at the SUNY Canton Fieldhouse.

In the Class B final, Massena Central swept past Franklin Academy while Salmon River reclaimed the Class C crown with a four-set decision over Potsdam Central and Chateaugay remained undefeated by successfully defending its Class D title with a 3-0 win over Edwards-Knox.

The three sectional champions will be returning to SUNY Canton two more times over the next four days starting on Thursday for the Overall Tournament Championship where Massena and Salmon River will square off starting at 4 p.m. for right to take on Chateaugay in the title match which will begin following the presentation of the 2012 All-NAC awards.

On Saturday, all three sectional winners will be hosting a New York State Tournament triple-header starting with the Class D contest between Chateaugay and Section 2 champion Hartford at 2 p.m. The Class C match is slated to begin at 4 p.m. followed by the Class B encounter.

Massena 3, FA 0: In the final sectional matchup on Tuesday, the Lady Raiders controlled the action from start to finish in sweeping the Lady Huskies 25-15, 25-19, 25-19.

“Our defense has been a weakness for us this year and we were determined not to let that be the case for us tonight. We didn’t want to let Malone get on any kind of roll and the girls did what they had to do to keep that from happening,” said coach Mary Arcadi after the Lady Raiders improved to 15-3 overall.

Tristan Thomas anchored a balanced effort for Massena posting 15 assists out of 37 sets while serving up five points. Krista Loran (4 kills) and Sydney Thompson served up eight points apiece. The duo of Janisa Benedict and Samanntha Villnave led the frontline with five kills apiece. Benedict also tallied four blocks and six service points while Villnave logged another seven points off her serve.

For FA, Rachel Lamica tallied four service points and 10 kills, adding a pair of blocks to the FA effort as Whitney Legacy and Aimee Fleury served up three points each. Legacy added seven kills with Fleury smacking five while Janelle Heden had a two-point, six-kill match. Brooke Johnson collected eight assists as Brooke Peck and Lileth Muench had six assists each as FA close is fall campaign with an 11-6 record.

“We just made a lot of little mistakes tonight and Massena took advantage of them,” said coach Michele Thomas.

Salmon River 3, Potsdam 1: In the opening match of the night, the Lady Sandstoners got off to a promising start with a methodical 25-16 win in the first set before the Lady Shamrocks regrouped to take the next three 25-22, 25-17, 25-15.

“We came out ready to play but we didn’t keep the momentum going,” said coach Julia Pahler after the NAC West Division regular season champions fell short.

Jackie Benedict, who rattled off 13 of her 15 service points during a decisive run in the fourth set that saw Salmon River break away from a 10-10 tie, led the Lady Shamrocks. She also tallied five kills and two aces while Kasennakohe David worked the net for 14 kills to go along with nine points and five aces. Cassie Boardway (3 aces, 2 kills) and Raven Oakes contributed eight points apiece. Nicole Smoke (7 assists, 5 kills) and Kaitlyn Pickering finished with five points each.

“The girls really pulled together after the first set,” noted coach Nicole Deshaies after the Lady Shamrocks improved to 14-4 on the season.

Sarah Vivlamore paced the Lady Sandstoners with 11 points, 26 sets, seven aces, six assists and two kills. Bridget Parks generated 33 sets, seven assists, six points, two kills and one block. Victoria Mondragon fashioned eight kills, four points and two aces while Kelsey Travis served up four points and Taylor Bonno recorded two kills as Potsdam closed out the season at 12-6.

“I saw a lot of improvement from this group and I’m proud of the way they were able to win the division,” said coach Pahler. “We lose some very strong seniors but we have quite a few players coming back so we should be alright for next year.”

Chateaugay 3, E-K 0: The Lady Bulldogs continued their dominance in Class D, sweeping past the Lady Cougars 25-9, 25-11, 25-15 for their seventh straight sectional title.

Caitlin Miller led the winning effort with 21 points and nine kills. Kylie Hanley also made lead contributions with 16 assits, 16 points and eight aces. Carloyn Stumpf added eight points and two kills while Shelby Yanulavich finished with six kills and four points as the Lady Bulldogs raised their unbeaten record to 18-0.

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