JOHNSTOWN - When the Johnstown and Gloversville volleyball teams last met, it was for the Section II Class B championship.
The Lady Bills won that matchup in a five-game thriller.
The latest meeting between the teams was also the season opener and Foothills Council opener for both Wednesday.
Johnstown’s Jerica Holland (3) and Jordan Rose (5) look to block a shot by Gloversville’s Jenna Putnam during Wednesday’s Foothills Council volleyball match at Johnstown High School.
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The Lady Bills began the defense of their Foothills Council title in convincing fashion, winning by scores of 25-10, 25-13 and 25-15.
"This was a great start to the season," Johnstown coach Heather McGuire said. "Our goal for today was to stay focused from the first point to the last point, and we did that today."
Annie Stock led Johnstown with 13 kills, 14 digs and one ace, while Morgan Catania finished with 19 assists, 12 service points, four kills and three digs.
"The game scores certainly don't reflect how close the match was," McGuire said. "Gloversville is a great team and they made us work for it."
Jerica Holland had nine kills, eight assists and four dogs for the Lady Bills (1-0 overall, 1-0 Foothills), and Madison Smrtic added 15 service points, nine digs and four aces.
"[Johnstown] looked very sharp and we were not at our sharpest," Hicks said. "You can't be anything but sharp when you're playing Johnstown and expect to win."
Christina Pavlovsky had seven assists, two digs and one ace for Gloversville (0-1 overall, 0-1 Foothills), while Jenna Putnam had five kills, four assists and two blocks.
Lizzie Peak registered two blocks for the Huskies, and Kendra St. Andrews finished with three kills and two blocks.
Gloversville is scheduled to host Broadalbin-Perth on Friday at 6 p.m.
"We're playing Broadalbin-Perth on Friday. That's going to be another tough one," Hicks said. "Hopefully, we'll be ready."
Johnstown is scheduled to host Foothills Council newcomer Schuylerville on Friday at 6 p.m.
"This was a great start and now we face Schuylerville on Friday," McGuire said. "It will be fun to see someone new in our league. I'm looking forward to the new formation of the Foothills Council."
BROADALBIN - Led by Zoe Simonson's six kills, four aces and 17 points, the Lady Patriots opened their Foothills Council campaign with a victory.
Broadalbin-Perth (1-0, 1-0) posted scores of 25-8, 25-7 and 15-13 over the Lady Rams (0-2, 0-1).
Chelsea LeBlach added four kills, three aces, 12 points and a block, while Gabby Smith had 17 assists, nine points and five aces, and Jordan Marchall added two kills, five aces and 10 points.
Fort Plain 3, OESJ 0
ST. JOHNSVILLE - Fort Plain opened its season by defeating Oppenheim-Ephratah/St. Johnsville 25-20, 25-15 and 25-22.
Ang Gomez led the Lady Hilltoppers with four kills, nine service points and eight aces. Cheyann Walters added seven kills and three digs, while Emily Potter had four kills, four points, two aces and two digs. Alexis Hagadorn chipped in with three kills, while Catherine Subik had seven assists, seven points and three aces.
Katie Pabis had two kills, five points and seven digs for the Lady Wolves, while Samantha Lamphere finished with two kills, two blocks, two aces, four service points and three digs.
MIDDLEBURGH - Gracie Adams had 21 service points and eight kills to help the Lady Cougars defeat Middleburgh 23-25, 25-16, 27-25 and 25-18.