GLOVERSVILLE - While the Broadalbin-Perth Lady Patriots were getting off to a slow start in Wednesday's Foothills Council volleyball match, Gloversville coach Duane Hicks was seeing the same old story play out again.
After winning the first game, the Huskies dropped the next three as Broadalbin-Perth got its act together in a 3-1 win.
"We have won the first game of every match this year except Queensbury," Hicks said. "We won the first one against South High, handedly and lost the next three. We won the first one against Johnstown without one of our better players and lost the next three. We just need to stop doing that."
Gloversville’s Ana Kroup spikes the ball over the net as Broadalbin-Perth’s Regan Reed prepares to jump during Wednesday’s Foothills Council match in Gloversville. (The Leader-Herald/Mike Zummo)
The Huskies also were playing without several key players as Alex Bielli was sick and Chelsey Biasini suffered an ankle injury in the first game, while Megan McCall rolled her ankle in the third game.
Even three players short, Gloversville was in position to take a commanding lead in the match.
"We were still up in the third game 23-20, still our game to win without Alex and without Chelsey," Hicks said.
The Lady Patriots, meanwhile, after losing the first game, 25-18, fell behind 6-0 in the second.
"We started off pretty slow," Broadalbin-Perth coach Jacquie Zugzda said. "We came out kind of relaxed and with not a lot of communication. We picked it up after each game. In that last game, we were on all around. We had the communication. We were converting on third plays, which were tough for us in the first couple. They pulled it off."
Broadalbin-Perth (5-2 overall, 4-2 Foothills Council) pulled even on a hitting error against Gloversville's Christina Pavlovsky. Gloversville immediately took the lead back and the Lady Patriots tied the game four times before a Chelsea LeBlanc kill and a hitting error by Jenna Putnam gave the Lady Patriots a 25-23 win in the second game, tying the match.
"The girls did a good job of coming back after a loss in the first one," Zugzda said. "That really got the momentum going to continue and to keep winning the rest of the game."
Neither team was ahead by more than three points in the third game, but with the game tied at 23-23, two hitting errors by the Lady Huskies (4-4 overall, 3-4 Foothills Council) gave the Patriots a 25-23 win and a 2-1 advantage in the match.
"I preach to them all the time, play good, clean volleyball and they can beat everybody and we didn't," Hicks said. "We played a great game and then we fell apart."
The fourth game was all Broadalbin-Perth as the Lady Patriots opened a 7-3 lead and went on to a 25-15 victory to win the match.
Regan Reed led with five aces, five kills and five digs, while Maddie Gurga had three aces, five assists, two kills and 10 digs. LeBlanc had an ace, seven kills, 11 digs and one block.
Katlyn Pierce led Gloversville with 11 kills while Putnam had 11 assists and four aces. Ana Kroup had six aces.