The Bears Varsity Volleyball team lost to Massena in four sets Thursday night.

The first play of the match was a serve from the Red Raiders, it was returned by senior Captain Grace Franklin who passed to senior, captain Kelsea Whittier who set to senior Captain Sydeny Lorenc on the outside, who scored a kill. This beautiful play on the first possession was followed by a firing Massena team. Massena went on to win the first set 25-15.

The Bears battled back for the second set and with the opportunity to win the set at 24-23 yet, Canton lost the set. Massena closed the second set at 26-24. The third set was different, the Bears came out with the lead from the opening serve. With a 25-18 win, the momentum shifted in favor of the home team leading to the fourth set.

Although the Bears kept great energy and enthusiasm throughout the match, Massena took the edge in the fourth set with a score of 25-21. With the slow start the Bears battled through the final three sets and refused to give up. This home opener counted as a Non-Divison game for Canton because Massena plays in the West Division as a Class A school, while Canton is a member of the East Division in Class C.

To lead the Bears, senior hitters Gretchen Warner and Sydney Lorenc each had seven kills. Senior setter, Kelsea Whittier, had 11 assists, four points, and two aces. Senior, middle hitter, Jillian DiSalvo had four kills, four digs, and one block.

The Bears look to build off the first game of their season. Massena is a talented team and the Bears can continue to refine their game throughout the course of the season. While a loss wasn’t the preferred outcome, the team saw lots of good plays. In the coming practices the setter/hitter duos will focus on perfecting their plays and being dominate at the net. The back row defense continues to practice good passing and digging form, as well as the team as a whole working on serving. The Bears will look to bounce back on Tuesday, September 10, at 6 p.m. on home court against Salmon River.

Editor’s Note: These photos come courtesy of Kristen Whittier

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