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Chateaugay girls volleyball completes undefeated Section 10 season

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MASSENA – It wasn’t easy, but the Chateaugay girls volleyball team, under the direction of coach Chris Reynolds, capped off the perfect season on Monday by winning the Section 10 Overall title with a 3-0 sweep of the Franklin Academy Huskies.

The FA girls advanced to the Overall final with a 3-1 victory against Potsdam in the semifinal match held prior to the awards ceremony at Massena Central School.

“Don’t tell me that the overall games don’t mean anything, just look at that first score,” pointed out Reynolds, who was named Section 10 Coach of the Year.

The FA girls gave the unbeaten Bulldogs more than they wanted in the opening set of the championship match, with CCS squeaking out a 33-31 win. Chateaugay capped off the season with victories of 25-20 and 25-19 to saddle the Huskies with their fourth setback of the season – three alone to the CCS girls. FA’s only other setback this season was to the Potsdam squad.

“I am extremely proud of this team,” continued Reynolds. “Everyone, I mean everyone, contributed to this win.”

Caitlin Miller paced the CCS attack with 12 points, three aces, five assists, nine kills and two blocks while Kylie Hanley added 11 points, 18 assists and a block to the Section 10 crown.

Shelby Yanulavich followed with five service points, but had 10 “big kills,” according to Reynolds.

“Caitlin played really well and Shelby came up big for us at the net,” recalled the CCS coach.

Kim Reville added to the win with six points and seven kills while Erin Ashline and Kendra King smacked five kills apiece. King added six points while Bailey Dowd chipped in with a pair of service points.

“Like I said, contributions were made all the way down the line,” said Reynolds. “Kendra stepped up her game tonight and Bailey played stellar defensively. She anchored our defensive effort tonight.

“We will enjoy this win tonight and tomorrow, but come three-thirty, we will turn our attentions to the state game on Wednesday,” summarized the CCS coach.

Leading the way for the Franklin Academy girls was Rachel Lamica – who was named the Patty Baldwin Award winner. Lamica had 17 kills against the Bulldogs and totalled 37 for the two games. Lamica picked up three blocks against Chateaugay and added a pair in the first match against Potsdam.

And it was only fitting that the two headline players from Chateaugay and Malone, Miller and Lamica, respectively, were named as co-MVP’s for the 2013 fall season.

Whitney Legacy, who was named first team All-Northern, served up seven points with two aces and had three kills, while Brooke Peck led the floor game against CCS with 10 assists. Peck had four points from the service line while Janelle Heden and Karissa Beaudry combined for 11 points, six and five, respectively.

Malone’s Brook-Lynn Woods came off the bench to spark the Huskies, serving up five points with a pair of aces and had five assists during her time on the floor.

“Chateaugay outlasted us,” said Malone coach Michele Thomas. “They (Chateaugay) are a good team, but I am proud of my girls and the season that they had.

“Now, we have to regroup and get ready for Beekmantown on Wednesday (7:30 p.m. at Massena),” summarized Thomas.

In the opening match against Potsdam, Legacy smacked 10 kills while Heden had seven aces, while Peck and Beaudry combined for 20 assists, 11 and nine, respectively.

POST-SEASON AWARDS

Miller and Lamica were named as co-MVP while first team All-Northern status went to Legacy, Dowd and Yanulavich from Chateaugay, and Krista Loran and Sam Villnave, both of Massena.

Second team awards for East Division players were handed out to Heden (FA), Hanley (CCS), Leonie Benner (Brushton-Moira), Kyrsha Angus (Massena), Raven Oakes (Salmon River), and Jesse Weigand (Tupper Lake).

League officials also handed out the two awards, with Lamica receiving the Baldwin Award, while the Stephanie Putney Memorial Sportsmanship Award went to the Brushton-Moira Panthers.

STATE TOURNEY OPENERS

All three Section 10 teams will face Section 7 opponents on Wednesday in the pre-regional games at Massena Central School.

Potsdam will open up the triple header at 3:30 p.m. against Ausable Valley, while Chateaugay will face Lake Placid at 5:30 p.m. Malone will battle Beekmantown in the nightcap with a 7:30 p.m. start.

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