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Dream Season Comes to a Close

Posted Friday, January 11, 2008 by Brittany Haines
As most people know, the Salamanca Varsity Volleyball Team had a tremendous season this year finishing 20-1, with the only loss being to Eden. This loss was the in the semi-final game that could have sent the Lady Warriors to the Sectional finals, and secure a spot in the State Tournament because the ladies would just breeze by teams like in the season, but after the first game, it was apparent this was not going to happen. The Lady Radiers destroyed the Warriors in three games: 25-10, 25-9, 25-8. After the defeat you could tell that the ladies weren’t happy with their performance, but proud to be there and happy to have another shot the next season, that is except their lone senior, Kyle Croker, who would not be returning ever to play on the home court again. She was the only player to shed tears after the defeat, for she knew that her volleyball career at Salamanca High School was at an end. Coach Valent-Halpiany stated, “We came into this game knowing it would be a battle. We didn’t come out of the locker room though. We could not pass, or pick up their serves which mentally crushed the team. I was devastated that we just barely got into double digits, but I am proud of these girls. They worked very hard this season and are all tasting the glory of a State Title for next year.”
On a lighter note, most all of the team will be returning next year, which means they will be ready for any competition. Along with their 20-1 record, the Lady Warriors also hold 3 tournament titles: Portville, Falconer Invitational, and Jamestown Spikefest. They also placed 3rd in the Lady Jacks Invitational, where they lost to Frontier in the Semi-finals. With all of this, who wouldn’t expect some of the team members to receive honors? Well they certainly did. “The Fab Four” which consisted of Brittany Haines, Ashley Abrams, Katie Auge, and Hannah Reynolds were all recognized. Haines was named one of Division 2 All stars First Team MVP. Auge and Abrams followed behind her also being named to First Team All stars, while Reynolds received honorable mention. Including these honors, Haines was also named to the First Team All-Western New York. Auge was named to the Second Team and Abrams received honorable mention. Congratulations to these girls and also to the rest of the Lady Warriors for their outstanding work and a great season. To the practices we will never forget, the games we will never forget, Coach and Carmen, who we will never forget. To our hard work and confidence, to always being there for each other, to our 3 tournament titles and 20-1 finish. To the season we will never forget and the team we will never forget.

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