By Keith Harrington
The Lake George volleyball team came up short in their effort to win a state title, falling to Section VI champion Chautauqua Lake 3-0 Sunday at Cool Insuring Arena in Glens Falls.
Set scores were 25-17, 25-13, 25-20.
Experience was a key factor in the match as the Lakers, a young squad who were supposed to be rebuilding this season, faltered under the bright lights of the championship game stage.
Lake George suffered from making just too many unforced errors.
“We did make some unforced errors that in the end, they didn’t make, so you learn from it and hopefully next year we can capitalize a little bit more on those things,” said Lake George coach Brittany Rodrigues.
Evie Burke had 11 kills and 17 digs for the Lakers.
Josie Duers ended the match with 22 digs for Lake George. Grace Barber added 13 digs and seven service points. Shannon Briggs contributed 12 assists for the Lakers.
It was the first trip to the state finals for Lake George since 2001 when they won the crown. The Lakers also finished second in 1992.
The chances of making another run next year seem to be good. Many of the pieces will still be in place as 11 juniors will be scheduled to return in 2024.
“This experience for them in general is amazing, to build the confidence next year, stepping out on this court, and maybe nerves are a little less than what they were today,” Rodrigues said. “For first-year varsity athletes at the state tournament, they handled themselves with a lot of composure, and I’m really proud of that.”
Lake George ends the season 17-4.
Chautauqua Lake finishes 18-2.