NEW BERLIN – A commitment to offseason practices and competitions has Unadilla Valley third-year volleyball coach, Amanda Paulson, looking forward to the 2021 season.
“I have a dedicated team of 10, many of whom played extensively over the summer,” Paulson said. “I am looking forward to seeing their dedication play out on the court.”
Little was lost to graduation last year, Paulson said, with only two seniors lost to graduation, and the majority of this year’s team coming off a season of varsity experience.
While many players are showing promise in the preseason, Paulson said it was hard to narrow down that list of promising players. She did say that returning junior, Kate Conway, should continue to lead the team in serves and assists.
“We often struggled with defensive passing and coverage,” Paulson said. “But that is something we’ve been focusing on throughout preseason. Our biggest strength is that we are focused and goal-oriented; the girls come to practice ready to work hard, and they also played a lot over the summer. They are very serious about this season It is super exciting.”
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Greene 3, Unatego 2
GREENE - Greene turned back a valiant Unatego rally capturing the decisive fifth set in a 25-22, 25-9, 19-25, 21-25, 25-18 victory on Monday night.
“Our serving was hit or miss, but we also ended up with 29 aces,” said Greene coach Shelbe Furman. “Unatego was smart about ball placement earning them opportunities to pull ahead several times. Both teams showed hustle on the floor.”
Lillian Kemp served a game-high 12 aces for Greene (1-2), which also picked up its first win. Camric Williams also served six aces, while adding two kills.
Greene plays at Afton-Harpursville on Wednesday.
Unatego: Ava Hilton 5 aces, Abby Bomba 6 aces, Katie Campbell 4 aces. Danielle Dungey 2 kills.
Greene: Lillian Kemp 12 aces, Camric Williams 6 aces, 2 kills, Nicole Marks 2 kills. Mubetcel Adiguzel 2 digs; Kyrstan Cudney 2 digs.
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Norwich 3, Johnson City 0
NORWICH - Norwich continued its dominating start to the 2021 season sweeping all three games from Johnson City on Monday, 25-8, 25-12, 25-18.
The Purple Tornado (3-0) received 17 kills, 8 aces, and five digs from lead hitter Lauren Squires, while top playmaker Maddy Morris topped the assists with 18 to go with four aces.
Madisyn Ryan added 13 assists for NHS, and Miranda Cole was second on the kills list racking up nine.
Meg Lindridge 3 digs 2 aces; Maddy Morris 18 assists, 4 aces; Joana Santos 10 digs, 2 kills, 2 aces; Lauren Squires 17 kills, 8 aces, 5 digs, 2 blocks; Madisyn Ryan 13 assists; Miranda Cole 9 kills 4 digs; Jesse Little 5 kills, 3 aces.