Lady Bills sweep Foothills match from Amsterdam

Johnstown’s Jordyn Stoutner (2) watches her shot as Amsterdam’s Leidy Ortiz-Rivera (3) looks for the block during Thursday’s Foothills Council match at Johnstown High School. (The Leader-Herald/Paul Wager)

JOHNSTOWN — After both teams posted wins in their season openers Wednesday, Johnstown and Amsterdam faced off in a Foothills Council volleyball match Thursday at Johnstown High School.

The Lady Bills notched their second 3-0 victory in 24 hours, defeating the Lady Rams by scores of 25-14, 25-19 and 25-14.

On Wednesday, Johnstown opened its season with a sweep of Schuylerville.

“Against Schuylerville, we commanded every part of the game,” Johnstown coach Heather McGuire said. “It was interesting that 24 hours later, it wasn’t as pretty. It was a lot of stop and go and there wasn’t much flow to the match. Volleyball is all about flow and keeping tempo on your side.”

Amber Tesi had 12 points, four aces, three kills and three digs for the Lady Bills, while Janay Douglas had eight kills, five points, four digs and one ace. Macenzie Ward posted 17 assists, seven points, five digs and four aces, Jordyn Stoutner had four kills, three points and two blocks, and Zoe Petrie had five points, two digs and one ace. Sydney Darling added eight points, two kills and one assist for the Lady Bills.

Johnstown's Sydney Darling (15) hits the ball past the block attempt of Amsterdam's Leidy Ortiz-Rivera (3) during Thursday's Foothills Council match at Johnstown High School. (The Leader-Herald/Paul Wager)

Nicole DeRose had five digs and one kill for Amsterdam, Adriana Santiago recorded six digs and Leidy Ortiz-Rivera added one kill and one block.

“Tonight, I could tell we were tired,” Amsterdam coach Christine Sherlock said. “Just all the way around, it wasn’t the kind of team you want to bring to Johnstown. We didn’t run any offense today.”

On Wednesday, Amsterdam posted a 3-1 victory at Scotia-Glenville in its opener.

“Last night, we played out of our minds against Scotia,” Sherlock said.

Both teams struggled out of the gates Thursday as the teams were neither team led by more than a point, until a five-point service run by Petrie gave Johnstown a 16-11.

Johnstown's Janay Douglas (12) and Amber Tesi go up for a block attempt as Amsterdam's Adriana Santiago (4) looks on during Thursday's Foothills Council match at Johnstown High School. (The Leader-Herald/Paul Wager)

Amsterdam got no closer the rest of the way as Johnstown went on to win the first game, 25-14.

The Lady Bills started much quicker in the second game, surging to a 6-1 advantage before Amsterdam responded with to tie the game at 7-7 after four straight service points from Santiago.

After a kill by Stoutner ended Santiago’s run, Douglas reeled off four straight service points to lift Johnstown to a 12-7 lead.

From there, the Lady Bills maintained their advantage to win the second game, 25-19.

In the third game, Johnstown jumped out to a 9-4 lead thanks to a five-point, two-ace service run by Amber Tesi.

Tesi also helped close out the game with a five-point run to make it 24-13 before the Lady Bills won the final game, 25-14.

“This group of girls works hard,” McGuire said. “It still super early this season and consistency is something we’re working on.”

Johnstown (2-0 overall, 2-0 Foothills) is scheduled to travel to the Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake Tournament on Saturday.

“It doesn’t get any easier for us,” Sherlock said. “We run the gauntlet all year long in our league.”

Amsterdam (1-1 overall, 1-1 Foothills) is scheduled to host Mayfield in a non-league match Monday at 6 p.m.

WAC

Galway 3, Canajoharie-Fort Plain 1

GALWAY — Emma Smith finished with 18 points, 17 assists, 11 digs 10 kills, three aces and one block to power Galway to a victory over Canajoharie-Fort Plain in a Western Athletic Conference match.

The Golden Eagles won the match by scores of 24-26, 25-20, 25-14 and 25-16.

Lindsay Zawisa had 18 digs, 13 points, 10 kills, eight assists and three aces for Galway (1-0 overall, 1-0 WAC), while Sam Grant posted nine kills and six blocks. Hannah Hoffman posted 22 assists, 22 points and six aces for the Golden Eagles and Katy Kurtzner added 32 digs and 12 points.

Sarah Paradiso recorded eight points, six assists, five aces and one block for C-FP, while Kayla Mastin had eight points, four aces, three kills and two digs.

Galway is scheduled to travel to the Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake Tournament on Saturday.

Canajoharie-Fort Plain (1-1 overall, 0-1 WAC) is scheduled take part in the Lansingburgh Tournament on Saturday.

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