AMSTERDAM - The Gloversville Lady Huskies used long scoring runs and dominant serving to defeat Amsterdam Lady Rams 3-0 Tuesday at Amsterdam High School.
Gloversville swept the match with scores of 25-13, 25-14 and 25-7.
The Lady Huskies jumped out to leads of 13-2 and 13-3 in games two and three, respectively, thanks in large part to the serving contributions of junior Jenna Putnam. Putnam served the Lady Huskies to a 9-0 advantage to begin game two and registered four straight aces to give Gloversville a 7-0 lead to begin game three. Putnam had eight aces in the match.
Gloversville’s Jenna Putnam serves during Tuesday’s match against Amsterdam at Amsterdam High School. (The Leader-Herald/Shaun Anich)
"She's a big help," said Gloversville coach Duane Hicks. "That's why she's our first server. That's what we try to do is establish that dominance and get them on their heels and then go from there."
The Lady Rams kept it close early on in game one, but after a block by Alex Bielli that put Gloversville up 4-3, the Lady Huskies wouldn't trail again for the remainder of the match. Katlyn Pierce and Ana Kroup both put long service streaks together for Gloversville in the game.
Putnam's serving paced Gloversville to begin game two. Chelsey Biasini had two kills in the early going, while Putnam assisted on two kills by Pierce. The Lady Rams showed signs of life after Yari Laboy registered an ace off the hands of Natalie Kucel, but otherwise they looked overmatched by Gloversville's size and speed.
"We had inexperience and nerves playing against experienced giants," said Amsterdam coach Christine Sherlock. "They were much bigger and much faster. We knew this going in."
The Lady Rams battled to post a match-high 14 points in game two, but Stacia Griesemer got a kill to ice the 25-14 win.
Everyone on the Lady Huskies' roster saw action Tuesday, something Hicks was happy to have the chance to do.
"That was the plan, to establish something early and try to get everybody in tonight, and to try to get some girls rested tonight," said Hicks.
Up 22-7 in game three, Griesemer got two of her three aces before Biasini got the kill to end the match.
"In the Foothills you can have a cushion and lose it, and the same in the Big 10," said Hicks. "I tell the girls all the time, when we play well we can beat anybody on our schedule."
Putnam added eight assists and three kills to her eight aces for Gloversville, while Pierce and Biasini tied for a game-high four kills apiece. Gloversville had 17 kills in the match.
Cassidy Arocho had one kill and three assists for Amsterdam, while Cassandra Santiago chipped in a block.
Both teams will have a quick turnaround, as the Lady Rams visit Mayfield today at 5:30 p.m. and the Lady Huskies face Glens Falls at home today at 6:30 p.m.