Photo Caption: Broadalbin-Perth’s Sophia Rogers (6) blocks the ball as teammate Shelby Fenton, right, looks on during Class B pool play against Marcellus at the NYSPHSAA girls’ volleyball championships on Saturday, Nov. 20 at Cool Insuring Arena in Glens Falls. ADAM SHINDER/THE LEADER-HERALD
GLENS FALLS — Saturday didn’t go the way Broadalbin-Perth coach Kayla Twardzik would’ve hoped, but there were no regrets when looking at the team’s season as a whole.
Broadalbin-Perth had a tough time in Class B pool play, finishing the day with an 0-6 record. The Patriots lost 25-13, 25-13 to John Glenn, 25-16, 25-16 to Marcellus and 25-6, 25-11 to Hendrick Hudson.
“The scores definitely aren’t representative of the level of play,” Twardzik said. “These girls didn’t give up on any point. They gave it their all, all day long.”
Broadalbin-Perth was making its fifth trip to the state final four in the last seven years, but hasn’t advanced to the championship match since 2014.
“We worked really hard to get here,” Twardzik said. “The girls never gave up. It was their goal all season to get here, but we just took it one game at a time.”
FONDA-FULTONVILLE 3RD IN CLASS C
In its first-ever trip to the state semifinals, Fonda-Fultonville placed third in Class C during pool play at Cool Insuring Arena.
The Lady Braves opened the day with a 25-12, 25-17 sweep of Section XI champion Mattituck.
“We got off to a great start today,” first-year Fonda-Fultonville coach Miranda Nethaway said. “I think it really helped us settle in and get over the shell shock of playing in this environment.”
In their first set of the day, the Lady Braves rode a seven-point service run from Amber Cole to an 8-0 lead.
In their second match of the day, the Lady Braves lost 25-17, 25-15 to Portville, which clinched a spot in the final with the sweep.
In its final match of the day, Fonda-Fultonville faced Section IX champion Millbrook. Both teams came in 2-2 on the day, and a sweep by either team would put them in the finals.
“We just battled against great competition today,” Nethaway said “Just getting here is great, but to come out of it with a third-place finish and having a shot to reach the finals right up to our last match is great.”
The Blazers punched their ticket to Sunday’s Class C title match with a 25-15, 25-15 win.
The loss ended the best season in school history for Fonda-Fultonville, which made its first trip to the state semifinals.
“It was awesome,” Nethaway said of her first season as coach. “I had no idea what I was coming into. To get this far is great. I couldn’t ask for more in my first season.”
GALWAY’S RALLY FALLS SHORT IN ‘D’ FINAL
Galway ran out of comebacks after putting one more together in its season finale.
After rallying Saturday to make the state Class D title match and pulling even in it Sunday, the Eagles bowed to Mount Academy in a four-setter at Cool Insuring Arena.
“The kids play hard. Never give up,” Galway coach Mike Glenn said after his team’s first setback this fall. “All this time they never stopped fighting. You saw it yesterday. You saw it against Lake George in the sectional final.”
Glenn and the Galway faithful saw it one last time with the state small-school flag on the line when the Eagles lost the first set 25-14 before taking the second 25-23. Galway trailed in that second set 22-21 before the Section II champs got a kill from Amber Kolpakas and a block from Sadie Underwood in a late push.
“They have blockers and hitters. We were back on our heels,” Mount Academy coach Sandy Mancuso said. “The ebbs and flows in volleyball can be frightening sometimes.”
Mount Academy completed a 34-4 season when it won the third and fourth sets 25-19 and 25-14.
Mount Academy also topped Galway 25-17 and 25-21 in Saturday’s semifinals as part of its 6-0 record.
“We never really gave up,” Galway senior Julia Reedy said of her team’s weekend performance. “We tried to not let any ball drop.”
Mount Academy found holes Sunday in the Galway defense, though, and took advantage of them with some super hard smashes. Tournament MVP Cynthia Boller, Ruby Moody and Alyssa Meier totaled 20, 14 and 13 kills, respectively, for the Section IX representatives.
“They are so strong and athletic. They jump so high and look for angles,” Glenn said. “They’re stacked for a Class D team.”
Galway earned its Sunday match with Mount Academy on Saturday when, after it lost to Pavilion 25-20 to fall to 0-3, the Golden Eagles answered that with a 26-24 win, and then took two from 2019 state champ Candor 25-23 and 26-24.
“We started 0-3 and we were on our last lifeline,” Glenn said after Galway’s first appearance in a state title match.“We used so much energy to get here, and I was worried they wouldn’t have anything left in them, but they did. They were okay.”
“I thought we could make it this far. I’m really proud that we came back,” said Reedy, an all-tournament pick who finished with 13 kills. “I know we’re all sad but not so much because we lost, but because we have a lot of seniors.”
Galway (18-1) pulled even with Mount Academy at 17 in the third set when Reedy delivered one of her kills. Mount followed with an 8-2 run to close it out, and completed the fourth set with a 9-1 run.
“We couldn’t find something that worked,” Reedy said. “Mount Academy, they did.”
Kolpakas had 10 kills and joined Reedy on the all-tourney team. Jayden Devellis had 26 digs to lead the Galway defense.