Coach Doreen Doctor and her volleyball team celebrate her 200th career victory after their win over Liverpool last week. Pictured in the photo left to right, Front: Mallory Davis, Casey VanSlyke, Sidney Lawson. Back: Mia Campanile, Amanda Shoenfelt, Kelsey Farrell, Anna Smith, Malorie Olin, Coach Doctor, Julianna Augustine, Natalie Roach, Kristina Didio
continued “The (players) didn’t know how to put a lot of effort into something and it took me a couple years to build that kind of attitude,” Doctor said.
Now, the Lakers are reigning three-time league and Section III champions. Doctor has helped lift the program to its peak, and there’s still room to climb.
Skaneateles made the decision to switch from a winter schedule to a fall one before the 2010 season, allowing the Lakers to compete against tougher competition, as well as in the state tournament.
Two years ago, the Lakers fell to LeRoy in the regional round, and last year — after avenging that defeat in regionals 3-1 — they were swept by Class C powerhouse (and eventual state champion) Eden in the state quarterfinals.
“Last year we came back with so much drive and so much revenge to win, and it’s the same thing motivating us this season,” Lawson said. “The four of our seniors, we want to go to states so bad. It’s just driving us through every game.”
The hunger for success that Doctor wanted to instill when she took the job shone through in Lawson’s voice. This year, Lawson said the team is gunning for Eden, and Doctor said her team is up to that challenge. A state title is within reach.
But that potential matchup is still two months away. Thursday’s win was only the second match of Skaneateles’ 2012 season, after the Lakers beat Solvay on Tuesday, giving Doctor some time to build on her already impressive total.
“I don’t really keep track of that stuff, but 200 is nice,” Doctor said. “I’m not going to say it’s not nice, but I’m glad to get that and hopefully a lot more.”
Aside from Lawson’s all-around effort, Julianna Augustine stood out with eight kills, four blocks and four digs, while Mia Campanile managed six assists. Joanna Dean also had three kills.