MAYFIELD - The Mayfield and Gloversville volleyball teams traded their school colors for shades of pink Tuesday in support of Team Hope, when they faced each other in a non-league match at Mayfield High School.
"All the money we raised today will go to Team Hope, a Relay for Life team sponsored by Mayfield volleyball alumni and cancer survivor Stacy Betler," Mayfield coach Eileen Rovito said. "We had other events going on here today including the Pink My Ride bus from Don Brown's Bus. We are grateful for the support and turnout here today."
The battle on the court between the two local schools finished with Gloversville sweeping past the Lady Panthers 3-0 on game scores of 25-20, 25-18, and 25-22.
Gloversville’s Ana Kroup (2) goes for the block on Mayfield’s Kaylee Bumpus (4) during Tuesday’s non-league match at Mayfield High School. (The Leader-Herald/James A. Ellis)
Mayfield (10-3 overall) opened the match strong with Miranda Eagan putting a pair of kills on the floor to help put the Lady Panthers out front.
The Huskies rallied behind a service run from Chelsey Biasini to take control of the game in the closing stages to pick up the 25-20 victory.
The Huskies had to rally again in the second game as Mayfield's frontline of Eagan, Nicole Little and Bailey Ward found success at the net. The Huskies adjusted the counter the Lady Panthers' power game and began finding the corners with softer hits.
Christina Pavlosky, Shawna Funk and Kaitlyn Pierce put together extended service runs in the second game to help the Huskies complete the 25-18 victory.
Gloversville broke out to the early lead in the final game, opening a lead that stretched to nine points before the Lady Panthers fought their way back, narrowing the Huskies' lead to three, but they ran out of time as Gloversville finished off the 25-22 score to complete the non-league victory.
"They had a good game," Rovito said of her team's overall performance. "We are not as powerful as we have been in the past but we are working on it. We were a lot more aggressive in our net play tonight, which is good. I was pretty happy with that."
Consistently throughout the night, the team's big hitters, Pierce for Gloversville and Little for Mayfield, matched up across the net, often countering each other's moves.
Pierce finished the night with seven kills, while Little had six.
"She [Pierce] and Jenna Putnam are a very good combination," Gloversville coach Duane Hicks said. "They play together 10 months out of the year. Their timing is very good. Jenna plays a great middle and Kaitlyn has good timing for it. The two of them together is what is successful."
Gloversville also got a strong setting game from Pavlovsky, who led the team with nine assists.
"It is the second time now she has been our leading assist girl," Hicks said. "She had nine assists tonight and Jenna had eight. That is a good sign; it means other girls are putting the ball in play on the court. We had a nice rotation with all the girls working well together. It isn't just one person. When Christina is setting, I have a different rotation and they are putting the ball in the court more often than not."
Ana Kroup contributed four kills and two blocks to the Huskies' victory along with three kills apiece from Alex Bielli and Funk.
"In the past, we were making more mistakes than the other team and now they are making more mistakes than us," Hicks said. "I am very happy with the way they have consistently played well together this year."
Eagan finished with six kills, four assists and three digs, while Kaylee Bumpus had five kills to go with a six point, nine dig-performance from Mackenzie Biggers.
"Nicole had one of her best games and Miranda and Bailey were hitting today; that is what we want," Rovito said. "Our goal is to have more of an attack. We have some big games coming up with Spa [Saratoga Central Catholic] and Duanesburg and we have Galway coming up again. We thought this was the perfect opportunity to prepare."