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SUNY Adk. Volleyball team claims regional title, now headed to national tourney

The SUNY Adirondack Volleyball team poses for a photo moments after winning the Region III National Junior College Athletic Association championship. The team is now headed for Minnesota to compete in the NJCAA national championship competition, a first-ever for the Queensbury-based college.
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The SUNY Adirondack Volleyball team poses for a photo moments after winning the Region III National Junior College Athletic Association championship. The team is now headed for Minnesota to compete in the NJCAA national championship competition, a first-ever for the Queensbury-based college. Photo provided

— In a first-ever feat for the college, SUNY Adirondack women’s volleyball team is headed into national championship competition — after it won the Region III National Junior College Athletic Association championship.

On Nov. 3, the SUNY Adirondack women’s volleyball team defeated defending Region III champion Jamestown Community College 3-2 to win the NJCAA Region III title.

The win marks the first regional title in women’s volleyball in SUNY Adirondack history. The Timberwolves now head to Rochester, Minn. for the NJCAA National Championship tournament, set for Nov. 13-16.

The SUNY Adirondack team is one of only eight teams in the national tournament.

In the fifth and deciding set in the finals against Jamestown, Megan Seeley reeled off nine straight service points to help SUNY Adirondack achieve an 11-2 lead. Rachel Lumley served out the match with five straight service points, including two aces, to claim the championship.

Karly Daly was named tournament MVP after recording a season-high 46 assists in the matchup. Kara Tecl and Madison Paquin were named to the All-Tournament Team. Tecl made 16 kills, eight digs and one ace in the final game. Paquin accomplished 22 digs and two aces in the semifinal competition, then 10 digs in the championship game.

The Timberwolves defeated Niagara Community College 3-2 in the semifinals.

The SUNY Adirondack team heads into the national tournament with a 17-2 Region III record and 27-4 overall.

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