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Lady Patriots fall in Class C regional finals

GLOVERSVILLE — For the fourth straight season, the AuSable Valley girls varsity volleyball season ended against a familiar foe from Section II.

Voorheesville, the state runner-up in Class C last season, ousted the Patriots from the Class C playoffs with a 25-20, 25-16, 25-8 straight-game victory in the regional finals at Gloversville Nov. 9.

“They have a lot of confidence and they have played a lot of ball together, just like we have,” head coach Sandra Hoey said after the game. “We could have passed a little better today. They have a hard serve and it can be tough to handle.”

While the team was disappointed with the result, they have shown continued improvement when coming into the state tournament over the past four seasons as the Section VII representative in Class C.

“The first year we faced Voorheesville, we scored 19 points in the entire match,” Hoey said. “We have practiced with Beekmantown the last couple of weeks because we needed to see the caliber of ball that a team like this plays.”

Hoey gave a lot of credit to the win AVCS had over the Eagles earlier in the season as a driving factor.

“That match in itself led us to believe that anything could happen,” she said.

The Patriots finished the season with an 18-2 mark in Section VII and state play, with a game record of 54-9. Including tournament games, the team earned 69 wins against only 14 defeats.

Senior Noelle Miller, who Hoey announced was the recipient of the Co-MVP award for the CVAC, recorded nine kills to go with five digs and four aces. Miller finished the season with a team-high 187 kills and 14 blocks in non-tournament events. She also had 96 digs and 73 aces.

Senior all-star Mirissa O’Neill finished with nine assists, three digs and two kills. O’Neill led the team with 207 assists to go with 116 kills and 76 digs.

Senior Miranda Sheffer, also named an all-star, had seven assists, three digs and two kills. She finished the season with a team-high 113 digs and 91 aces to go with 199 assists and 99 kills.

Junior Alexandra Lincoln had five digs in the game, bringing her season total to 91. Lindsay Brown added four digs (73 total), two kills (55) and two aces (18). Jocelyn Racette added three digs (25) and two kills (30) to go with 36 aces on the season, while Shelby Bourgeois added on kill (29) and a dig (5).

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