JOHNSTOWN – Playing for the third time in as many days, the Gloversville volleyball team posted its third straight victory with a 3-0 victory over Johnstown in a Foothills Council match at Johnstown High School on Thursday.
“We’re starting to put it together,” Gloversville coach Duane Hicks said. “We’ve been playing pretty well the last couple of weeks.”
The Huskies won by scores of 25-10, 25-23 and 25-23.
Allie Salvione had 19 assists for Gloversville, Zoie Tesi posted eight kills, 19 digs, and seven aces, and Marisa Dygon had seven digs and three aces. Jackie Rattray had six kills and 11 digs for the Huskies and Mckenzie Siler added 11 digs.
Hannah Maxson had 24 digs, seven service points, three aces, three kills and one block for Johnstown, while Abbi Lewis notched 15 digs, four service points and three kills. Camille Gray registered 19 digs, five service points and two aces for the Lady Bills, Alyssa Whitbeck had nine digs, and five service points, and Deanna Beaupre added six digs and five kills.
“I’m really proud of the way we played tonight,” Johnstown coach Holly Livingston said. “We’re starting to play together more and more as a team.”
With just seven players available, Gloversville opened its week with home wins over Scotia-Glenville and Schoharie on Tuesday and Wednesday.
“This is our fifth straight match with just seven players,” Hicks said. “It’s tough to play three days in a row, especially with just one sub. I’m proud of these girls. They’re finding ways to win.”
This week’s three-match run extended Gloversville’s win streak to five matches – each in only three sets.
“We may be tired, but we’re not as tired as we could be because we’re sweeping matches,” Hicks said. “We’ve won these last five matches all by sweep. We’re playing efficiently for the most part.”
The Huskies were at their most efficient in the first set Thursday, cruising to a 25-10 win behind nine straight service points from Rattray and five straight service points from Siler. The set was tied at 5-5 before Gloversville won 16 of the next 17 points to open up a 21-6 lead.
The second set saw the Lady Bills surge to a quick 5-1 lead and maintain an advantage throughout most of the set. Johnstown led 23-19 before Gloversville rallied by winning the final six points to win the set 25-23.
Five of those points came on aces by Tesi, who closed out the set for the Huskies.
“That was impressive,” Hicks said. “Zoie [Tesi] ended the second set with five straight aces. You don’t see that too often, that’s for sure.”
It was Gloversville that grabbed the lead early in the third set, jumping out to a 4-1 lead. Johnstown responded with a 6-1 run to take a 7-5 lead. The set remained tight throughout with 13 lead changes or ties.
“We have a young team and it’s been a learning process all season,” Livingston said. “We’re working hard every day and every match to improve.”
The Lady Bills held a 19-12 lead before Gloversville began to chip away once again. Back-to-back aces from Dygon were part of three straight points for the Huskies, who pulled to within 19-15. As she did in the second set, Tesi pulled the Huskies back into the lead with five straight service points to make it 21-20. The lead see-sawed before Gloversville completed the sweep with a 25-23 set win.
“We played well in the first set and then struggled in the second and third sets. We missed a bunch of serves in both sets, but we kept battling,” Hicks said. “The girls just keep finding ways to win.”
Gloversville (7-5 overall, 5-5 Foothills) is scheduled to compete in the Mekeel Christian Academy Tournament on Saturday before hosting South Glens Falls on Monday at 6 p.m.
Johnstown (2-11 overall, 1-9 Foothills) is scheduled to host Glens Falls on Monday at 6:30 p.m. and Scotia-Glenville on Wednesday at 6 p.m.