The AuSable Valley varsity volleyball team is not only looking for its fourth straight Section VII crown, but their first trip to the state final four in Glens Falls.
“Our goal is to finish what we started,” head coach Sandra Hoey said. “We have won sectionals the past three seasons and regionals some years, but we have not been able to go further in states. Our goal is to get to Glens Falls. Of course, in order to do that we also have to win sectionals.”
Hoey said that the key to accomplishing their goals will be the hard work that the players have put into the coming season.
“Our team has put in a lot of hard work in the off season,” Hoey said. “They are getting more experience and have a strong will to win. We could always be taller, faster, stronger and smarter. We are improving both offensively and defensively.”
The Patriots roster includes seniors Noelle Miller, Miranda Sheffer, Kate Gallagher, Miranda O’Neill, Mirissa O’Neill and Lindsay Christian; and juniors Alexis Joy, Lindsay Brown, Shelby Bourgeois, Alexandra Lincoln, Jocelyn Racette, Lizzie Maloney and Kylee Brunnell.
Sandra Hoey will be assisted by Tammy Sheffer and Kevin Hoey.
While the AuSable Valley girls varsity soccer team will be unable to defend their Section VII/Class C title because of their move up to Class B, their goal remains the same.
“We anticipate that we will be in the running for the Class B championship and our goal is to return to intersectional play,” head coach Bruce Bourgeois said. “The level of skill by all three lines enables us to shoot with accuracy from further out and keep the pressure on our opponents to pin them on their half of the field.”
The Patriots return several starters from the championship team and have depth in all three thirds of the field.