H.S. Volleyball Roundup: Lady Braves advance to Class C title match

Fonda-Fultonville's Krystal McSpirit (9) looks to block Tamarac's Gianna Bucciero during Tuesday's Section II Class C semifinal match at Gloversville High School. (The Leader-Herald/Paul Wager)

GLOVERSVILLE — For the second time in as many years, the Fonda-Fultonville volleyball team will play for a Section II Class C title.

The third-seeded Lady Braves punched their ticket to the championship match with a 3-0 victory over second-seeded Tamarac.

FFCS won by scores of 25-13, 25-19 and 25-23.

“Throughout the year, we’ve started slow for whatever reason,” Fonda-Fultonville coach Ashleigh Griswold said. “Tonight was probably the first match that we didn’t start slow. We got going right away.”

With the victory, the Lady Braves advance to face top-seeded Lake George (17-1 overall) in the Class C championship match Friday at 5 p.m. at Saratoga Springs High School. The Warriors topped fourth-seeded Voorheesville (15-6 overall) in their semifinal match, 3-1, by scores of 21-25, 25-7, 25-9 and 25-10. Lake George was left out of the Section II Class D Tournament last year when it was deemed ineligible after exceeding the number of matches allowed during the regular season. The Warriors last won a sectional title in 2008, claiming the Class D title.

Fonda-Fultonville's Marilyn Whitcavitch (11) looks to hit past the block attempt by Tamarac's Kerianne Bugbee during Tuesday's Section II Class C semifinal match at Gloversville High School. (The Leader-Herald/Paul Wager)

“Lake George is a great team. It definitely won’t be easy,” Griswold said.

The Lady Braves lost to Voorheesville in last year’s title match, 3-1.

Fonda-Fultonville (12-2 overall) was led by Marilyn Whitcavitch’s 18-dig, 10-kill, 10-block and five-ace effort.

Julia Bagnardi finished with 11 assists, seven digs and four aces for the Lady Braves, Madisyn Dineen posted 12 digs, five aces and two kills, and Peyton Zilles added 18 digs and five aces.

Giuliana DeCarlo finished with 12 assists and seven service points for Tamarac, while Gabby Cellucci had nine service points, five kills and four digs. Catrina Murphy posted four blocks, four digs and two kills for the Bengals, and Kerianne Bugbee added six service points, one digs, one block and one kill.

Fonda-Fultonville's Krystal McSpirit, right, looks to hit past the block attempt by Tamarac's Catrina Murphy during Tuesday's Section II Class C semifinal match at Gloversville High School. (The Leader-Herald/Paul Wager)

Fonda-Fultonville started the match off quickly, jumping out to a 9-3 lead early in the first set behind a five-point service run from Zilles that featured three aces.

“Our serves were good today,” Griswold said. “Maybe Tamarac had a off receiving day, but I was glad we put our serves in play.”

The Lady Braves’ lead grew to 18-6 after a eight-point run from Krystal McSpirit that included four straight aces.

Tamarac got no closer than nine points the rest of the way as FFCS claimed the first set, 25-13.

The Bengals opened the second set with three straight points from Giuliana DeCarlo and led 11-8 before Dineen gave the Lady Braves a 16-11 lead with eight straight service points.

FFCS went on to win the second set, 25-19, to take a 2-0 lead in the match.

In the third set, the Lady Braves led 10-3 early in the set, getting three straight service points on three straight aces from Bagnardi.

Tamarac steadily chipped away at its deficit as it looks to force the match to a fourth set.

The Bengals pulled even at 14-14 behind a five-point run from Bugbee and took a 16-14 lead after four straight points from DiCarlo.

The rest of the set featured 15 lead changes or ties.

FFCS won the set with three straight points after trailing 23-22, getting a block from Whitcavitch and two service points from Carolyn Cranker to close out the match.

“We had our errors, but I’m really glad we kept ourselves in the match,” Griswold said. “The last set was making me nervous, but we stuck with it and pulled out the win.”

Tamarac, which won the Wasaren League title, finished its season with an 18-2 overall record.

“It was a rough match,” Tamarac coach Judith Burton said. “It was not representative of the team that we are or the season that we’ve had. I think it was nerves that got them.”

Section II Class B Semifinals

Broadalbin-Perth 3, Hudson Falls 0

WATERVLIET — Sophia Rogers finished with 15 kills, six blocks, four digs and three aces to lead top-seeded Broadalbin-Perth to a sweep of fourth-seeded Hudson Falls in a Section II Class B semifinal contest.

The Lady Patriots won by scores of 25-13, 25-20 and 25-23.

B-P, which won the Class B title last season, got 18 digs, 12 kills and three aces from Eliana Fraser, while Sydney Rogers had 14 kills, 10 digs and an ace.

Broadalbin-Perth (16-1 overall) will face second-seeded Holy Names in the championship match Saturday at 3 p.m. at Saratoga Springs High School. Holy Names (20-0) posted a 3-2 victory over third-seeded Cobleskill-Richmondville in its semifinal contest by scores of 26-24, 20-25, 21-25, 25-14 and 25-23.

Hudson Falls finished its season with a 9-9 overall record.

Section II Class D Semifinals

Galway 3, Hartford 0

STILLWATER — Julia Reedy finished with 17 kills to lead top-seeded Galway to a sweep of fourth-seeded Hartford in a Class D semifinal contest at Stillwater High School.

The Golden Eagles won by set scores of 25-13, 25-14 and 25-13.

Amber Kolpakas posted 15 kills for Galway (14-1 overall), while Katy Kurtzner posted 24 digs and three kills. Anna Gardner finished with five kills and four blocks for the Golden Eagles and Diana Colangelo had four kills and four blocks.

Karlee Nims finished with nine kills, six digs and two blocks to lead Hartford, while Abby Monroe posted five kills and two blocks. Izzy French had 17 assists for the Tanagers and Gabby McFarren added 10 digs.

Galway (14-1 overall) will face Argyle (15-4 overall) in the Class D championship match Friday at 7 p.m. at Saratoga Springs High School. The second-seeded Scots posted a 3-0 victory over third-seeded Maple Hill in their semifinal match, winning by scores of 25-19, 25-19 and 25-15.

The Golden Eagles lost to Mayfield in the Class D championship match last year. Argyle won the 2017 Class D title, while Galway claimed the 2016 Class C title.

Hartford finished its season with a 13-7 overall record.