The Canton Central School girl’s modified volleyball team battled hard Tuesday night but fell to Salmon River 2-1 in Canton. 

The Bears and Shamrocks were tied 7-7 in the opening set, before Emma Logan served five straight times staking Canton to a 12-7 lead.  The Bears, coming off a 3-0 win over Massena on Monday, opened a 17-13 lead following a kill from Jose Gabriel.  Autumn Bronson maintained the four-point lead serving for an 18-14 Canton lead.  Salmon River countered, reeling off five straight points to take their first lead of the match, 19-18.  Logan made a terrific play from the back row to earn a point for the Bears and stop the Shamrocks’ run to tie the game at 19.  A service ace from Gabriel gave the Bears the lead once again, 20-19, and the score went back and forth the rest of the set.  Laurel Whittier had a tremendous dig that led to a point from Katie Metcalf, making it 23-22 Canton.  Salmon River rallied to tie the score 25-25, and then closed the set with a kill and an ace to take the first set 27-25.

The Bears dominated the second set to even the match.  Metcalf stretched a 1-0 Canton lead to 4-0 with three straight serves.  Whittier then made it 8-1 Bears with three straight serves of her own.  The Shamrocks tallied three straight points to trim the lead to 9-4.  Kyleigh Gollinger then served the Bears to five unanswered points to open a 14-4 lead.  Gollinger also had a fantastic dig to keep that stretch going.  The Bears then opened a 16-6 lead following terrific play from Zoey Mattice and Vanessa Mousaw.  A pair of aces from Logan made it 18-6, and the Bears then outscored the Shamrocks 7-2 to win 25-8.  Mattice had three straight aces to close the second set.

In the third set, Cecily Shipman scored a point for Canton and then served twice for points as the Bears opened with a 4-3 lead.  After Salmon River tied the set at 5-5, the Shamrocks reeled off five straight points to take a 10-5 lead.  Paige Blackmer had a good pass over the net to earn Canton a point and stop the run.   But Salmon River came back once again, and scored seven straight points to lead 20-13.  The Bears didn’t fold, and Shipman served five straight times to pull Canton to within 20-18.  The Shamrocks finished the set on a 5-1 run to take the set 25-19. 

The modified volleyball team returns to their home court on Thursday, Sept. 12 for a match against Malone at 5 p.m.

Editor’s Note: This post comes courtesy of Matt Metcalf. Photos come courtesy of Kristen Whittier.

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