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Warriors' determination, savvy game plan earn them league leadership

Lake George 3,Argyle 2LAKE GEORGE - Playing with a resolute spirit, the Lake George Warriors prevailed Oct. 1 in a key matchup between the two top volleyball teams in the Adirondack League. Demonstrating the depth of their determination, the Warriors defeated top-ranked Argyle 25-22, 25-20, and 25-21 in a home-court matchup that determined Lake George now owns the top position in the league.Launching unanswered powerful serves and avoiding the Scots' top players with clever shot placement both made the difference in the Warrior's victory.Warrior Katy Munzenmaier's six aces paced the team in serving.Those two Argyle standouts, middle-hitters Shelby Graham and Ashley Ellis, saw a considerable number of shots bypass them to their teammates as Lake George followed their astute game plan. Regardless of the ball placement, Graham finished nonetheless with eight kills and three blocks, and Ellis finished with seven blocks and six kills.With veteran coach Cathy Stanilka tweaking positions, her backup players kept the ball off the Warrior floor under the pressure of Graham and Ellis with their powerful kills and blocks.Part of the plan apparently was to vary the position of the ball setting, moving it away from the middle duo.The Scots fought back effectively, tying the score several times. But Lake George's plan coupled with their determination made the vital difference as Lake George answered the Scots' persistent challenges.Among the Warrior scoring leaders were Erin Blunt with four kills and three aces, Chelsea Sipowicz with eight digs and Courtney Casey with 15 assists and two aces. Munzenmaier had four kills in her arsenal, and Kelly Flaherty had five.However, Lake George can't rest on its accomplishments. As there's no lacking of suspense in the Adirondack League, these two teams meet again Oct. 26.Corinth 3,Warrensburg 0WARRENSBURG -- Tomahawk Mary-Margaret Gallup recorded 21 points, three aces and two kills to lead her team in defeating Warrensburg 3-0 in an Adirondack League matchup Sept. 30.Corinth won the games 25-20, 25-15, and 25-18.Cheyenne Palmateer led the Burghers with seven digs, four kills and three points; Bobbilee Webster contributed eight points, while Emily Morehouse had five digs and four points.Lake George 3,Warrensburg 0WARRENSBURG -- Warrior Volleyball standout Courtney Casey scored 14 points, seven aces, 15 assists and two digs as Lake George defeated Warrensburg Sept. 29.The Warriors, unbeaten in league play, won with game scores of 25-13, 25-8, and 25-8. Katy Munzenmaier scored with 14 points, four aces, two digs and one kill, aided by Kelly Flaherty with eight points, two aces and five kills, and Chelsea Sipowicz with six points, two aces and three digs.Showing that the Burghers weren't going to fold under pressure exerted by the league's top team, Cheyenne Palmateer captured eight points, five digs and two assists; Kirsten Morehouse tallied eight assists and three points; Autumn Smith had two aces, four points and three digs; and Laiken Ovitt contributed four digs and one assist.Lake George 3,Glens Falls 0LAKE GEORGE -- The Warriors proved why they are atop the Adirondack League Sept. 27 when they defeated the far larger Glens Falls by a comfortable margin.Warrior Courtney Casey stepped up to score 11 points, 16 assists and three digs in the victory. The game scores were 25-15, 25-10, 25-22.Teammate Katy Munzenmaier contributed 17 points, seven aces, two kills and two digs. Kelly Flaherty had 13 points, three aces, five kills and one dig; Hayley Humiston contributed three points, four kills and one dig.

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