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Region Readied Salamanca

Posted Monday, November 17, 2008 by Glesn Falls Post Star
Region readied Salamanca for run
By Tim McMANUS
tmcmanus@poststar.com
Published: Monday, November 17, 2008
 

GLENS FALLS - Just when it seemed every camera shutter that wanted to be squeezed had been and the Salamanca volleyball team could release their smiles, someone had an idea. Let's bring Portville in here.

And so
Salamanca, the Class C champion of the State Volleyball Tournament, squeezed in a bit tighter and let Portville, the Class D champions, join them for another round of flashbulbs. Both teams are from the same league in Section VI, on the far western fringe of the state,

The gesture was a neat idea for two teams that cheered for each other all weekend. But it was also an appropriate one.

Salamanca, which won its first state title on Saturday with a 25-15, 25-21, 25-17 sweep of Westlake at the Glens FallsCivicCenter, owed a lot to it's home region. Some of the best volleyball in the state is played in the far west corner, and it toughened up Salamanca.
To win its own league, Salamanca had to go through Portville and last year's Class D champion, Randolph. Last year, Salamanca's only loss was in sectionals to eventual Class C champion Eden.

"We were really prepared to see the kind of competition we were going to see here,"
Salamanca co-coach Tom Roof said.
The Warriors got a taste of that competition in their first game of pool play on Saturday when Westlake stunned them 25-20. It was only the second time this season and the first time since the third match of the year that the Warriors lost a game. The rest of their tournament was nearly percect. They never lost again.

"It's phenomenal," said Katie Augue, one of eight
Salamanca seniors. "All of our work finally paid off."

The second game on Sunday briefly looked it would turn into Saturday's first.
Westlake, from WestchesterCounty, led for much of the game. Except this time Salamanca launched a 9-0 run to take control of the game and take a commanding 2-0 lead in the match.

"We've had a lot of games where we just kind of chug along early in the game," Roof said. "Then all of a sudden we take off. And I thought once we got (
Westlake) down we played better and they kind of fell apart a little bit when they got behind. Maybe they weren't used to being in that position, but you could see it."
Having eight seniors lead the way Salamanca does, helps to handle every situation. But it also means next year will likely be a different story for Roof and Colleen Wiedman, both in their first year coaching the program. Of course, now the bar is set awfully high.

"Everyone has been saying, 'walk away now,' " Roof said, laughing.
 
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