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Team chemistry propelled Warrior volleyball players to state playoffs

LAKE GEORGE With the Lake George Volleyball teams season coming to an end in the New York State Championship playoffs Sunday, the Warrior players may have experienced temporary disappointment about not walking away with the state title, but they have quite a lot to be very proud of nonetheless. After dominating the Adirondack League and Section II Class C competition, the Warriors advanced to the state Class C Final Four at the Glens Falls Civic Center. Although a great deal of work and athleticism was required for this feat, Monday the Warriors attributed their success to a bond that bridged gaps in personalities and ages. It was the strongest bonding I have ever experienced while playing on any team, senior captain Caryssa Leland said. We overcame age differences and personalities to get to where we did. Sophomore Katie Munzenmaier said that team bonding was what stands out in her mind when attempting to define this team. We became almost family-like by the end of the season, Munzenmaier said. And junior Vienna McLeod said that if not for the leadership of senior captains Shelby Jenkins, Brittany Jones and Leland, the team would never have functioned as it did. The seniors pushed us, McLeod said. They allowed us to reach our peak at the right time. Head Volleyball Coach Cathy Stanilka said that each team has its own personality and this one exceeded expectations. We had a lot of new players and young players, Stanilka said. I am extremely proud of everything this team accomplished. With 10 returning players, the Lady Warriors will be looking for another strong season next year. We are losing three quality seniors, Stanilka said. But with what we have coming back and how this team gelled, we expect good things.

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