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H.S. Volleyball Roundup: South Glens Falls outlasts Johnstown, 3-1

Johnstown's Amber Tesi, left, attempts to block South Glens Falls' Grace Taylor during Wednesday's Foothills Council volleyball match at Johnstown High School. (The Leader-Herald/Paul Wager)

JOHNSTOWN — After losing the first set, South Glens Falls won the final three to post a 3-1 victory over Johnstown in a Foothills Council volleyball match Wednesday at Johnstown High School.

Johnstown trailed 22-20 late in the first set before rallying to win it, 26-24.

The Bulldogs answered by winning the final three sets by scores of 24-26, 25-13, 31-29 and 25-20 to remain unbeaten on the season.

“We played well,” Johnstown coach Holly Livingston said. “We still have a lot of learning to do, but we’re a young team and we’re getting there.”

Kionah Thomas had 15 kills for South Glens Falls, Brooke Ruby had 25 assists, and Grace Taylor posted 11 kills and four blocks.

Johnstown's Anika Byrnes (3) sends a ball past South Glens Falls' Sophia Hallenbeck during Wednesday's Foothills Council volleyball match at Johnstown High School. (The Leader-Herald/Paul Wager)

Amber Tesi led Johnstown with 13 digs, 10 blocks and eight kills, while Bri Hansen finished with 18 serve/receive passes and four digs. Sadie Blowers recorded six digs and five kills for the Lady Bills, and Julie Wager added nine digs, four kills and two assists.

After winning the first set, the Lady Bills looked to continue their momentum into the second.

However, South Glens Falls controlled the set from the start, surging to an 18-8 lead behind lengthy service runs from Taylor and Vanessa LeBrun. Taylor reeled off four straight points for the Bulldogs, while LeBrun had six straight points.

Johnstown got no closer than six points the rest of the set as South Glens Falls got six straight points from Thomas to pull away on its way to a 25-13 set win to even the match at 1-1.

The third set was a back-and-forth battle that saw 60 points played before a winner was decided. There were 25 lead changes or ties in the set, which initially appeared that the Bulldogs were going to run away with.

Johnstown's Anika Byrnes, right, sends a ball past South Glens Falls' Grace Taylor during Wednesday's Foothills Council volleyball match at Johnstown High School. (The Leader-Herald/Paul Wager)

South Glens Falls started the set with a 10-1 run, getting seven straight service points from Taylor.

Johnstown slowly chipped away at its deficit, pulling even at 12-12 and taking its first lead at 13-12 after five straight points from Gabby Elwood.

From there, neither team led by more than two points the rest of the way.

Johnstown had the first opportunity to win the set with a 24-22 lead before South Glens Falls responded with a kill by Taylor and two straight service points from Brooke Ruby to take a 25-24 lead.

Johnstown fought off three set points and took a 28-27 lead after a kill by Tesi made it 28-27.

The Bulldogs responded by winning three of the next four points to win the set 31-29 to take a 2-1 advantage.

Like the third set, the fourth set also was a back-and-forth affair.

The Lady Bills had the early advantage, getting out to a 5-2 lead after three straight service points from Teianna Vetrano-Frasier.

Johnstown maintained its advantage until a five-point run by Ruby gave the Bulldogs a 14-13 lead.

South Glens Falls went on to win 11 of the final 18 points to close out the match with a 25-20 set win.

“The girls are working hard to improve and they’ve been great to coach,” Livingston said.

South Glens Falls (3-0 overall, 3-0 Foothills) is scheduled to host Schuylerville today at 6 p.m.

Johnstown (3-1 overall, 2-1 Foothills) is slated to host Amsterdam on Friday at 6 p.m.

Queensbury 3, Broadalbin-Perth 2

BROADALBIN — Bella Salatino finished with 16 kills to help Queensbury outlast Broadalbin-Perth in five sets in a Foothills Council match.

The Spartans won by scores of 13-25, 23-25, 25-15, 27-25 and 25-15.

Isabella Carusone had 40 digs and five aces for Queensbury, while Katherine Johnson added 12 kills.

Sydney Rogers had nine kills and an ace for B-P (3-1 overall, 2-1 Foothills), Madison Fariello had eight kills, three assists and an ace, and Lily Mitchell added three kills, two aces and a block.

Glens Falls 3, Amsterdam 0

AMSTERDAM — Ella Kules posted 19 assists, eight aces and four kills to lead Glens Falls to a Foothills Council victory over Amsterdam.

The Indians won by scores of 25-16, 25-17 and 25-14.

Sarah Phinney finished with seven kills for Glens Falls, while Emily Barber added three kills.

Kate Demitraszek recorded three kills and three blocks for Amsterdam (1-5 overall, 1-4 Foothills), Adriana Santiago had two aces, two kills and two assists, and Brianna Francisco added two aces, one assist and one kill.

Hudson Falls 3, Scotia-Glenville 0

SCOTIA — Gracie Nassivera finished with 13 digs to help Hudson Falls to a Foothills Council victory over Scotia-Glenville.

The Tigers won by scores of 25-14, 25-16 and 25-12.

Mia Brewer recorded 24 service points and seven aces for Hudson Falls, while Olivia Milligan added four aces.

Shanna Ludovici notched four assists for Scotia-Glenville and Bella Herold added two kills and two aces.

WAC

Bishop Gibbons 3, Mayfield 0

SCHENECTADY — Christina Brown finished with 10 kills to lead Notre Dame-Bishop Gibbons to a Western Athletic Conference victory over Mayfield.

The Golden Knights won by scores of 26-24, 25-10 and 25-23.

Ayiana Ford recorded 10 kills for Bishop Gibbons, Abigail Verhayden had 14 digs, Kathryn Braun had 15 assists and 14 service points, and Abigail Hamilton added 15 digs.

Deandra Myers finished with six kills for Mayfield (0-4 overall, 0-2 WAC), Lila King had 10 assists and nine service points and Julia Fitzgerald added eight service points and six assists.

Galway 3, Schoharie 1

GALWAY — Hanna Hoffman finished with 20 assists and 14 service points to lead Galway to a WAC victory over Schoharie.

The Golden Eagles won by scores of 25-20, 25-18, 14-25 and 25-11.

Anna Gardner posted 12 kills and five blocks for Galway (2-0 overall, 2-0 WAC), while Julia Reedy posted 14 kills.

Alyssa Vangasbeck posted 16 service points, four kills, three aces and three blocks for Schoharie (2-2 overall, 1-2 WAC), while Raquel Gerstenberger had 15 service points and two aces. Bridget Cipperly added nine kills for the Indians.

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