LAKE GEORGE - There are simply not enough superlatives to describe the Lake George Volleyball program, which has dominated the region nearly every year for the last quarter-century and is recognized as among the top in New York State.
In 2009, the varsity volleyball team won the Adirondack League and was runner-up in Section II - and that was an "off year" that other schools would doubtlessly covet.
In 2008 the volleyball team racked up league, sectional and regional championships and ended up in the State Championship Final Four.
During the past 20 years, the team has won the Section II championship 16 consecutive years. And the few years the team didn't win, they were a top contender.
The Warrior teams have fought all the way to the state tournament 12 times since 1990 alone, and won the title in 2001.
Considering the Warrior volleyball tradition, the 2010 squad has a formidable standard to work toward.
Coach Cathy Stanilka said her team lost five talented seniors this year - Chelsea Scott Sara Anderson, Tess Bannon, Julia Hall, and Rachel Pliscofsky, all of whom had helped propel their team in 2009 to the state tourney Final Four.
Despite this deficit, she said, the 2010 team is working hard in rebuilding the chemistry with an eye on yet another successful season.
Recently, during their daily 150-minute practice sessions, the 2009 players were executing drills with energy and precision. Stanilka, Lake George's volleyball coach for 35 seasons, said her 2010 team was working hard and had solid skills.
"Our players are enthusiastic, they love the sport, they work well together," she said. "They want to uphold the Lake George tradition."
Among those leading the charge are seniors Katy Munzenmaier, Erin Blunt, Kaylie Potter, and Kelly Flaherty, alongside juniors Amanda Chambers and Chelsea Sipowicz - all of whom have significant experience. Three other juniors will also be key in the 2010 campaign, Stanilka said.