STILLWATER - Few figured the Broadalbin-Perth volleyball team to be strong contenders this season, but Friday night, they were in the hunt for the Section II Class C championship.
The top-seeded Lady Patriots faced second-seeded Voorheesville at Stillwater High School but could not add to their already successful season as B-P fell to the Blackbirds, 3-1 on game scores of 25-17, 25-12, 22-25 and 25-21.
"We didn't get into the flow of the game tonight, but you have to give credit to Voorheesville, they just out played us tonight," Broadalbin-Perth coach Mike Calvello said. "It was one of those things. You can't stop battling in the middle and she [Caroline Bablin] just killed us all night. They went over us and around us and played great defensively."
Broadalbin-Perth’s Zoe Simonson (11) and Megan Ryder (4) look for the block against Voorheesville’s Libby Bjork (21) during the Section II Class C championship match at Stillwater High School on Friday. (The Leader-Herald/James A. Ellis)
The teams exchanged leads early in the opening game of the match before the Blackbirds put together service runs from Erin Gannon and Libby Bjork to pull ahead slightly.
The Voorheesville front-line hitters also began finding open spaces in the B-P defense and closed out the opening game with solid kills from Bjork and Nicole Brower for the 25-17 win.
The Blackbirds used a seven-point service run by Brower to open a 10-3 advantage and never looked back as they built a 2 game to none advantage in the match.
SECTION II VOLLEYBALL
Class A Championship
Burnt Hills 3, Queensbury 0
(25-14, 25-19, 25-16)
Class C Championship
Broadalbin-Perth 3, Voorheesville 1
(25-17, 25-12, 22-25, 25-21)
Class D Championship
Waterford 3, Mayfield 2
(25-21, 25-16, 20-25, 16-25, 25-23)
Broadalbin-Perth stayed alive in the match using strong services from Regan Reed and Keyana Fariello to fuel the 25-22 Game 3 victory
Voorheesville recovered and went back to feeding Bablin in the middle to keep the Lady Patriots on their heels and claim a 25-12 victory to secure the Section II Class C championship.
"We came out alright in the first game and I thought played fairly evenly with them," Calvello said. "I don't know what happened in the second game but we fought back in the third game. The fourth game was back-and-forth we just made a couple of mistakes and they capitalized on them."
For the match, Bablin led the Blackbirds with 25 kills, while Brower added 12 kills and 15 service points. Tori Hargrave added 13 kills, while Bjork finished with 45 assists.
Zoe Simonson and Megan Ryder had seven kills apiece for the Lady Patriots, while Maddie Gurga and Reed had six kills each and Chelsea Leblanc added five kills. Fariello contributed 13 digs for the Lady Patriots, while Gabby Smith had 12 assists.
"They fought and that is a credit to them," Calvello said of his players. "I don't think anybody expected us to be here at the beginning of the season. They have come so far from last season. It is a complete turnaround. To get to the championship game, it is never easy one you get here. We got here and I am very proud of how hard they played all season long."
Broadalbin-Perth finished with a 14-4 overall record.