BRUSHTON — With a straight-set win over Brushton-Moira on Tuesday, 25-15, 25-13, 25-14, Chateaugay volleyball has won six of its last seven sets and improved to 3-1 overall.
Nevaya Adams led the way for the Bulldogs, finishing with four assists and five kills. Delaney Staples registered three assists, while Rebekah Miller and Sophia Nemier each earned two kills.
Brushton’s Samantha Clookey and Janna Debyah each collected one ace.
“I think making sure that we keep the team dynamic (is key) even though we’re up by a decent amount, we need to not forget that they can still come back,” Adams said.
The Bulldogs are scheduled to take on the currently unbeaten Franklin Academy Huskies, at home on Friday, at 6 p.m. The Huskies will first play Salmon River on Wednesday in Malone at 5:30 p.m.
Brushton (0-3), down 2-0, came out swinging in the match’s final set, keeping pace with Chateaugay’s energy and jumping out to an early 6-4 lead.
But similarly to how they executed their play throughout the evening, the Bulldogs responded by going on a third and final set-consuming run.
“We need energy balance, but sometimes we use too much of our energy. Sometimes we get frazzled because of that. We either use too much of our energy or have too much energy,” Brushton senior Marz Rudolph said.
The Bulldogs outscored the Panthers 16-6 to start the last frame and took control of the rest of the game from there.
“In the first set we come out so strong, and we play our hearts out,” Brushton junior Claire Durant said. “But by the third set, getting into the middle of it, we kind of lose our energy and start to get tired … We just need to learn to contain our energy more and try to keep it evened out the whole game.”
Chateaugay claimed the game’s middle set by utilizing a 12-5 run in the frame.
The Panthers in the second set kept within striking distance, trailing only 13-8 midway through the frame. But the Bulldogs never squandered their momentum, winning two long volleys during that span to retain control of the set — allowing only five points the rest of the way.
“Once the communication starts to go away, that’s when all the volleys go away,” Brushton junior Tiphanie Gratton said. “The strongest thing we have going for us is our communication.”
Chateaugay controlled the majority of the contest after securing the first and closest set of the game. The Bulldogs responded to an early 2-1 Brushton lead by outscoring the Panthers 12-3 en route to a 10-point opening set win.
“We’re getting ready for a big game Friday night in Malone,” Bulldog head coach Megan Nemier-Green said. “So, that helped our kids gain a little confidence. We didn’t have one of our starters here tonight (Hannah Monette) so the kids had to fill in and make sure they were covering where they needed to be and they did a very good job.”
Sophomore Sapphire Campbell, in her first season playing volleyball, saw action in Tuesday’s match and registered one kill for the Bulldogs.
“When you’re brand new to something and all these girls have played forever, it’s a struggle. But she has come so far,” Nemier-Green said. “She had a kill and a couple of great passes — I’m very proud of her.”