Ready for Regionals

The Broadalbin-Perth volleyball team poses for a photo following its regional semifinal win over Peru at Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake High School on Tuesday. The Lady Patriots will travel to Massena High School today for the regional finals. Broadalbin-Perth will face Section X Class B champion Ogdensburg Free Academy. (The Leader-Herald/James A. Ellis)

MASSENA — The Broadalbin-Perth and Mayfield volleyball teams are experiencing a sense of deja vu this postseason.

Both the Lady Patriots and Lady Panthers had last won Section II titles in 2015 and both claimed sectional crowns this season.

As it did for both in 2015, the road to the state semifinals in Glens Falls will take a long trip north for the regional finals.

“We are fortunate to be taking a coach bus so that should make the long ride more comfortable,” Broadalbin-Perth coach Renee Gillen said. “We plan to leave early enough to allow the girls a few hours to stretch and regroup before the match.”  

Mayfield, which won the Section II Class D crown in 2015 and again this season, defeated Section VII champion Lake Placid in Tuesday’s regional semifinals at Gloversville High School, 3-0. The Lady Panthers also posted a 3-0 victory over the Blue Bombers in 2015 at Gloversville.

Like it did in 2015, Mayfield will again face Section X champion Chateaugay. The Lady Panthers notched a 3-1 victory over Chateaugay in 2015 at SUNY Canton. The rematch is set for today at Massena High School at 4:30 p.m.

Broadalbin-Perth claimed the Section II Class C crown in 2015 and the Class B title this season. The Lady Patriots defeated Section VII champion Peru, 3-0, on Tuesday in the regional semifinals at Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake High School.

They will face Section X champion Ogdensburg Free Academy today at Massena High School at 1:30 p.m.

In 2015, B-P swept Section VII’s Plattsburgh at Gloversville High School and Section X’s Salmon River at SUNY Canton to earn a spot in the state semifinals.

The Class A regional final and the Class C regional final also will be played today at Massena High School.

Section II’s Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake will face Section X’s Massena in the Class A match at noon, while Section II’s Voorheesville’s will face Section X’s Canton in the Class C contest at 3 p.m.

Today’s winners will advance to the state semifinals next Saturday at the Cool Insuring Arena in Glens Falls.

Class B Regional Final

Broadalbin-Perth vs. Ogdensburg Free Academy

As it has been all season long, Broadalbin-Perth was dominant in its regional semifinal win over Peru.

The Lady Patriots won 3-0 on scores of 25-5, 25-15 and 25-15 for their 15th sweep in 17 matches this season.

B-P (16-1 overall) which has lost just four sets all season, lost one set its in season-opening 3-1 win at Gloversville on Sept. 5 and three sets in its lone loss of the season on Sept. 27 at home against South Glens Falls.

Against Peru, Cassy Bown finished with nine kills and four blocks for B-P, while Fraser delivered seven kills and 22 digs to go with seven kills from Sophia Rogers. Lily Mitchell finished with 24 assists and Madison Fariello chipped in with six service aces, five digs, a kill and a block.

“We will focus on transitioning off the net quicker. I expect to see a lot of tipped and free balls coming our way,” Gillen said. “We have been working on a powerful offense and hope to implement that once again for this match. The girls are very excited to have advanced this far and we need to be sure to focus on Ogdensburg.”

Ogdensburg Free Academy (11-9 overall), which has won the last three Section X Class B title, lost to Section X Class A champion Massena, 3-2, in the Section C overall tournament semifinals last Saturday. OFA lost to Hudson Falls, 3-0 in regional play last season and to Beekmantown in the regional semifinals in 2016.

B-P defeated Hudson Falls in the Section II Class B title match last Saturday at Saratoga Springs High School, 3-0, to end the Tigers’ bid for a fifth straight crown.

In the Section X Class B title match on Nov. 1, Ogdensburg posted a 3-1 victory over Salmon River by scores of 26-24, 25-18, 21-25 and 25-18.

Adrianha Parks posted 15 digs, 12 points and five kills for the Blue Devils, while Hannah Richardson had 14 points and seven assists. Raleigh Planty provided 13 digs and seven kills for OFA, Celia Henry posted 10 assists, nine digs and nine points, and Emily Ferrand added seven kills and seven digs.

“We’ve been able to review some game tape. They are a scrappy team, so we will need to be scrappy as well,” Gillen said. “We’ve had very powerful and consistent serving all year and will need to use that to our advantage.”

Class D Regional Final

Mayfield vs. Chateaugay

As they did in 2015, the Lady Panthers will look to return to home with a spot in the state semifinals after a long bus ride.

“I believe the girls will handle the bus ride fine,” Mayfield coach Eileen Rovito said. “We are the late game and will go up early to support the other Section 2 teams playing before us. This time prior to the game should help us wake up from the long trip.”

In its regional semifinal win over Lake Placid at Gloversville on Tuesday, Mayfield rolled to a 3-0 win by scores of 25-9, 25-15 and 25-11.

Mikayla Myers led Mayfield with 13 points, seven kills and five digs, while Emily Mormando posted 20 assists, 11 points and three kills. Amy Laubenstein notched 10 points and three aces for the Lady Panthers, Katie LaGrange had three kills and two blocks, and Samantha Kent added eight kills, seven points, three aces and two blocks.

It was the 12th sweep of the season for Mayfield (16-1 overall), which avenged its lone loss of the season to Galway in the Section II Class D title match last Saturday at Saratoga Springs High School.

The Lady Panthers defeated the Golden Eagles, 3-1.

Mayfield will face a familiar foe today in Chateaugay in a rematch of the 2015 regional final.

“We do not know much about Chateaugay, so we will stick to our game plan and only make adjustments if needed,” Rovito said. “The girls are playing solid right now and we hope to maintain our consistency in this regional matchup.”

Since Section X moved its volleyball season to the final in 2006, Chateaugay is the only team to win a Class D title.

The Bulldogs, who last reached the state semifinals in 2014, defeated Madrid-Waddington, 3-1, in the Section X Class D title match Nov. 1 to claim their 13th straight Class D title. In the Section X overall tournament, Chateaugay lost 3-0 to Class C champion Canton last Saturday at Massena High School.

Valerie Titus paced Chateaugay with eight kills, six points, two aces and eight kills, while Brinn Golden had five points and four kills. Alexis Monette added seven assists and five points for the Bulldogs.

In the Class D title match, Chateaugay topped Madrid-Waddington, 3-1, by scores of 25-8, 15-25, 25-8 and 25-20.

Titus had 22 points, eight aces and 16 kills for the Bulldogs, Montana Dermott added 18 points and eight aces. Brinn Golden contributed 10 kills, while Monette posted 15 assists.

The Bulldogs are 13-3 overall this season.

This will be the fourth meeting between Mayfield and Chateaugay in regional play since 2008. The Bulldogs won in the regional finals in 2008 and 2009 on their way to state runner-up finishes.

Mayfield won the 2015 meeting, 3-1.

By Paul Wager

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