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Lions, Patriots in sectional finals

Emily McCormick captured sectional titles in the 200 medley relay and 200 freestyle for AuSable Valley.

Emily McCormick captured sectional titles in the 200 medley relay and 200 freestyle for AuSable Valley. Photo by Keith Lobdell.

— The AuSable Valley Patriots volleyball team is looking to travel down the same road they have for the past four years.

The Patriots completed the first step on that road Nov. 2, beating the Plattsburgh High Hornets, 3-0, in the Section VII/Class C championship game, their fourth straight.

The win advanced AuSable Valley (17-1) to the regional semifinals, where they faced the Potsdam Sandstoners Nov. 6 in Massena. With a win, the Patriots would meet fellow four-time defending sectional champ (II) Voorheesville, who has defeated AVCS the three previous seasons to advance to the state volleyball championship meet at the Glens Falls Civic Center.

That’s where the Patriots are hoping they’ll be able to remove the road block and continue on.

“We have worked so hard to get to this point,” senior Mirissa O’Neill said. “We want to go on into the state tournament and get to Glens Falls. I am proud to be a part of this team.”

“It is nice to have been able to end a high school career with a perfect record in sectionals, but as far as I am concerned, there are still a lot more games to be played in states,” senior Miranda Sheffer said.

“I am so proud of everyone and so excited to be on this team,” senior Noelle Miller said. “I was so excited on the final point when I went up for the block and I saw the ball hit the floor on their side of the net.”

“This is a very special group that comes around only once every 30 years,” head coach Sandra Hoey said. “Their work effort is second to none and the three captains (O’Neill, Sheffer and Miller) lead the team with ability and leadership on and off the court.”

Miller tallied 10 kills, seven digs, five aces, three blocks and one assist. Sheffer added 13 digs, eight kills, six assists and two aces; while O’Neill had 11 assists, five kills, three digs and one ace.

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