Lady Patriots advance to regional finals

Broadalbin-Perth sweeps Peru, will face Ogdensburg Free Academy on Saturday

Broadalbin-Perth's Eliana Fraser (2) and Sophia Rogers (6) go for the block on Peru's Olivia Bousquet (5) during Tuesday's regional match at Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake High School. (The Leader-Herald/James A. Ellis)

BURNT HILLS — The road to the Glens Falls Civic Center will now take a northern turn.

The Section II Class B champions took care of business, dominating play against Section VII champion Peru for a 3-0 victory on game scores of 25-5, 25-15 and 25-15 in a sub-regional match that took less than an hour to play Tuesday at Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake High School.

The Lady Patriots will now make the trek to the regional final against Section X champion Ogdensburg Free Academy at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Massena High School. The winner advances to the Class B state final four at the Cool Insuring Arena in Glens Falls on Nov. 18 and 18.

“I just pray it doesn’t start snowing already,” Broadalbin-Perth coach Renee Gillen said.

During the Lady Patriots preseason trip to Florida Gillen purchased a pair of flip-flops that have been a part of her match attire during a season that has so far resulted in a 16-1 record.

Peru's Teagan Seymoure, left and Natalie Bouvier prepare to go for the block as Broadalbin-Perth's Eliana Fraser touches the ball over the net during Tuesday's regional match at Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake High School. (The Leader-Herald/James A. Ellis)

“The lucky flip-flops, oh my gosh. It’s getting cold, but I’m going to keep wearing them,” Gillen said. “They matched their uniforms, so I purchased them and said, ‘Guys, they’ve got stars on them,’ and they went, ‘You’ve got to wear those everywhere we go.’ Ever since then, I’ve been wearing the lucky flip-flops.”

Broadalbin-Perth got off to a fast start in the opening game of Tuesday’s sub-regional match with Eliana Fraser serving up five-straight points to immediate put the Indians on their heels.

The Lady Patriots’ defense covered the floor and never let Peru into the opening game and with Madison Fariello serving up nine straight points closed out the game 25-5.

“They were really hyped coming in tonight. We knew absolutely no idea what to expect,” coach Gillen said. “Luckily for us, our defense is pretty strong. We’re very fast, that’s something I’ve been saying all year. I don’t even have words for Eliana in the back row, she’s amazing. The rest of the girls also picked it.”

Peru took what would be its only lead in the match early in Game 2 when Maria Higgins found an opening in the defense to give the Indians a 2-1 advantage.

Broadalbin-Perth's Maddison Fariello (9) punches the ball over Peru's Regan Keefe as the Lady Patriots' Lily Mitchell and Peru's Isabel Martin back up the play during Tuesday's regional match at Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake High School. (The Leader-Herald/James A. Ellis)

That lead was short-lived as Fraser picked up the point on a side-out and Lily Mitchell served up five-straight points to put her team up 7-3.

The Lady Patriots continued their dominance at the net with Cassy Bown, Fraser and Sophia Rogers putting away sets from Mitchell to record a 25-15 victory.

“It is unbelievable how much knowledge Lily has of the court and where the tempo is and where to put the ball,” coach Gillen said. “You will see at times she will shift the ball to the right side when you are expecting her to go outside. She almost draws that middle blocker over before shifting it back.”

The Lady Patriots showed no signs of slowing down in the third game as they worked their bench into the match before Bown delivered the match-winning kill to advance B-P to the regional final with a 25-15 victory.

Bown finished with nine kills and four blocks, while Fraser delivered seven kills and 22 digs to go with seven kills from Sophia Rogers. Mitchell finished with 24 assists and Fariello chipped in with six service aces, five digs, a kill and a block.

Peru's Regan Keefe goes up in an attempt to block the hit by Broadalbin-Perth's Macy Bollart (14) as the Lady Patriots' Danika Dygon (11) and Lily Mitchell (8) back up the play as does the Indians' Olivia Bousquet (5) during the third game of Tuesday's Regional match at Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake High School. (The Leader-Herald/James A. Ellis)

Looking forward to Saturday’s regional final, coach Gillen said she does not know much about the Section X champion.

“It’s a long road trip, but we’re pretty excited about it. It’s one more obstacle before states,” she said. “I’m hoping we’ll have a little game footage [of Ogdensburg], I’ve got a great parent who is constantly looking.”

Peru finished with season with a 16-2 record.

The Lady Patriots are not the only local volleyball squad making the trip as the Mayfield Lady Panthers defeated Lake Placid 3-0 in sub-regional play Tuesday at Gloversville High School to advance to the Class D regional final against Section X champion Chateaugay on Saturday at 4:30 p.m. at Massena High School.

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