Broadalbin-Perth, Mayfield play for titles tonight

STILLWATER The Broadalbin-Perth and Mayfield volleyball teams will travel to Stillwater High School today in search of Section II titles.

The Lady Patriots will face Voorheesville for the Class C title at 8 p.m., while Mayfield will meet Waterford-Halfmoon in the Class D championship match at 6 p.m.

Class C Championship

No. 2 Voorheesville vs.

No. 1 Broadalbin-Perth, 8 p.m.

Top-seeded Broadalbin-Perth is playing in its first championship match since winning the Class B title in 2003.

While B-P is returning for the first time in years, Voorheesville is playing in its seventh straight Class C championship match.

“I think their experience will benefit them,” Broadalbin-Perth coach Mike Calvello said. “They’ve been in the finals before and they start four seniors and two juniors. That’s certainly to their advantage.”

Voorheesville, the No. 2 seed, has won the last three Class C titles.

“We’ve got our work cut out for us,” Calvello said. “[Voorheesville] had got great setter in Libby Bjork and a great middle hitter in Caroline Bablin. We’re going to have to have play well in order to compete with them.”

In its semifinal match with third-seeded Galway on Wednesday, Voorheesville lost the first set, 22-25, before winning the final three sets 25-19, 25-10 and 25-14.

Erin Gannon finished with 21 service points and 10 digs for the 18-0 Blackbirds, while Bablin posted 20 kills and two blocks. Tori Hargrave had 21 digs and 12 kills for Voorheesville, and Bjork added 42 assists.

Broadalbin-Perth(14-3) overall had little trouble in its semifinal match with fourth-seeded Greenville, winning 3-0 by scores of 25-14, 25-12 and 25-10.

It was the 14th win in the last 15 matches and seventh straight victory for Broadalbin-Perth, which opened the season 0-2.

“I thought we played really well against Greenville,” Calvello said. “Defensively, I was happy with our coverage behind blocks and we dug up some balls.”

Maddie Gurga had nine kills, eight assists and four aces for B-P, while Chelsea Leblanc posted six kills and two blocks. Gabby Smith had 16 assists and five kills for the Lady Patriots, and Megan Ryder added 11 digs.

“Voorheesville’s probably coming in with something to prove because we got No. 1 seed over them,” Calvello said. “To my girls, none of that matters. We haven’t discussed it, and we haven’t stressed over anything. We just come out and play our game.”

The winner will advance to regional play on Nov. 9 at 2 p.m. at a site to be announced.

Class D Championship

No. 3 Mayfield vs.

No. 1 Waterford, 6 p.m.

Like Broadalbin-Perth, the Lady Panthers are making their return to the championship round after a little bit of an absence.

Mayfield is playing in its first championship match since winning back to back Class D titles in 2008 and 2009.

“We are pumped up to play,” Mayfield coach Eileen Rovito said. “The girls are ready and waiting. They’re pretty excited and feeling confident. They didn’t want to wait until Friday to play to play the match.”

Mayfield (15-3 overall) advanced to the Class D title match with a 3-0 win over No. 6 seed Lake George in the semifinals, winning by scores of 25-20, 25-21 and 25-19. In the semifinals, the Lady Panthers defeated second-seeded Fort Edward 3-1 by scores of 25-21 22-25 28-26 and 25-19.

Kaylee Bumpus posted 14 kills, six digs and four blocks for the Lady Panthers, while Jordan Marshall had 10 kills, six digs and five service points. Miranda Eagan registered 13 kills, 12 assists, nine service points and four blocks for Mayfield, Bailey Ward posted 15 points and six kills, and Mackenzie Biggers finished with 19 assists and nine points. Brianna Eagan added six digs and five kills for the Lady Panthers.

“My girls are playing well. They’re playing solid and consistent volleyball right now,” Rovito said. “I’m really pleased with how they’re doing and where we are right now. Our composure is one of our strong points and we have a really good team dynamic.”

Top-seeded Waterford advanced to the finals with a 3-1 semifinal win over fifth-seeded Argyle by scores of 25-9, 25-17, 23-25 and 25-23.

Emily Schumaker posted 15 digs, 10 service points and 10 kills for the Fordians, while Michaela Miller had 11 digs, 10 points and 10 kills for Waterford. Carly Howe added 12 points, 10 kills and six aces.

“We did get a chance to face [Waterford] at the Schalmont Tournament,” Rovito said. “We won two good games against them. However, the team we saw Wednesday wasn’t the same team. We need to come in prepared and ready to play.”

The winner will advance to regional play on Nov. 9 at 2 p.m. at a site to be announced.

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