Members of the OFA Girls Volleyball team put together some eye-catching statistical packages on Thursday as the Lady Devils hosted Madrid-Waddington to close the first round of the NAC West season.
And they needed almost every point, kill, assist, ace and dig to turn back the resilient Yellowjackets who set the tone for the evening by rallying from an 18-2 deficit to a 25-23 win in the first game.
The Devils answered with wins of 25-14 and 25-23 and secured game five 25-17 after M-W revived its cause with a 26-24 game 4 decision.
In NAC Central Girls Soccer action OFA fell to a Canton 5-1 not before putting together a turnabout from a disappointing outing at Malone earlier in the week.
Madrid-Waddington plays excellent defense and Troy Creurer is really a great coach. They really came to play and we really had to work hard to find the holes, said OFA Coach Sue McLean after her 4-2 team recorded its fourth straight win.
In the fifth game we really settled down and we really played well as a team.
Sky Hoover put together a triple double of 14 points, 14 kills and 10 aces with seven digs as one of the leaders of an OFA effort which also included 17 points, 11 kills and six aces by Taylor Fisher; 24 points, seven aces and three kills from Adrianna Compo; 22 assists, four digs, three points and two aces from Taylor Perry and 18 assists, eight kills and seven digs from Emma Hart.
Rounding out the OFA effort were: Paige Perry (6 points, 4 kills), Shanice Wallace (1 point, 1 ace) and Jessie Logan (7 points, 2 aces, 1 kill and 1 dig).
It was a great match and OFA played just a little better than we did in the fifth game, said M-W Coach Troy Creurer.
We made a great rally in the first game, our kids should feel really good about that. We played very hard tonight and we just have to keep working hard.
Leading the 2-3 Jackets were: Dia Richards (13 points, 5 aces), Janelle Trombley (8 points, 3 aces, 5 digs), Jenny King (16 points, 4 blocks, 5 kills) and libero Jasmine Trombley (10 digs).
OFA JVs Win: The OFA JVs rebounded from a 26-24 first game loss to reel off wins of 25-22 and 25-14 at Malone.
Both teams played well. It was a fun night and it was great to see the Blue Devils rally together and finish the match 2-1 after a rough start, said OFA Coach Jon Cole who cited his team for fine communication and ball movement to set up finishes and for controlling the pace and defending the court well on long volleys.
Coach Al Rishe Jr. credited his team for a regrouping against a very talented and disciplined Canton team.
This was a 100 per cent better game than we played against Malone. We were more aggressive and we passed the ball much better, said Coach Rishe. This a very tough league filled with outstanding teams.
Another strong NAC Central team will visit the Devils turf at Kennedy School today in Gouverneur coming off a 1-0 win against Massena.
Canton made a very emphatic rebound from a loss to Potsdam by scoring 45 seconds into the game and building a 3-0 halftime lead.
The girls are playing very well. Against Potsdam we controlled a lot of the play but we just didnt finish well, said Canton coach Greg Kiah.
Emma Collins scored 45 second into the game from Mary Kate Mace, for the Bears, and Emily Pinckney connected from Lindsay Proulx at the five-minute mark. Collins set up Lauren Smith for the 3-0 halftime margin and OFAs Alicia Shaver opened the second half scoring with an unassisted goal.
The Bears rounded out the scoring with unassisted goals by Kali Frank who curled a corner kick into the net and Tori Daley who rifled a low shot into the cords.
Katie Clemmer handled three shots in the shutout and Jordyn Marcellus stopped 12 shots for the Devils.
CENTRAL DIVISION SOCCER
Potsdam Girls 0, Malone 0: Bre Sapp finished with 10 saves to help the Sandstoners (5-0-1, 3-0-1) to a scoreless tie. Jayme Lavoie stopped six shots for the Huskies (4-1-1, 3-0-1).
Canton Boys 3, Malone 0: Francesco Palumbo scored twice once from Matt Mende in the second half and Josh Huaitt sconnected unassisted in the first half for the Bears. Scott Wight had five saves for Canton and Austin LaMay made 12 saves for Malone.
Massena Boys 3, Potsdam 0: Jason Hammill, Forrest Brockway and Evan Kassian scored for the Raiders and Cameron Marsh handled the 10 shots.
Salmon River Boys 3, Gouverneur 0: Nick Hynes snapped a scoreless tie Antoine Domino delivered a goal and an assist.