Titles for Three? Broadalbin-Perth, Fonda-Fultonville, Galway volleyball teams playing for sectional titles
SARATOGA SPRINGS — Three area volleyball teams will be looking to claim sectional championships today and Saturday at Saratoga Springs High School.
Broadalbin-Perth, Fonda-Fultonville and Galway will all be playing for titles for the second straight year.
The top-seeded Lady Patriots will look to defend their Class B title when they face second-seeded Holy Names on Saturday at 3 p.m. This year marks the seventh straight year that B-P will be playing for a sectional title.
The third-seeded Lady Braves will face top-seeded Lake George for the Class C crown today at 5 p.m., while top-seeded Galway meets second-seeded Argyle for the Class D title today at 7 p.m.
Both Fonda-Fultonville and Galway lost in last year’s finals.
Class C Championship
No. 1 Lake George
vs. No. 3 Fonda-Fultonville, Friday, 5 p.m.
For the second straight year, the Fonda-Fultonville volleyball team will play for the Class C crown.
The third-seeded Lady Braves are looking for a different result this time around after losing, 3-1, to Voorheesville in last year’s title match.
“I think it will help the girls who have experienced that level of play. There are some new girls who have done a great job stepping up and I think the older or more experienced girls will take them under their wing for the title game this year,” Fonda-Fultonville coach Ashleigh Griswold said. “Nothing can quite compare an athlete for the day with nerves and excitement at peak levels but I think it will help them feel more comfortable for sure.”
FFCS will be seeking its first sectional volleyball title in its third trip after also losing to Broadalbin-Perth in the 2015 Class C title match.
“This will only be the third time in program history that Fonda has reached the championship game. It is a great accomplishment as a school to be at this event, but an even greater achievement having been there just last year,” Griswold said. “These girls have a sense of pride for the program and the sport they love. The school has also been tremendously supportive from administration down to other student athletes. If nothing else, this will be an exciting match that so many are looking forward to.”
The Lady Braves reached the finals with 3-0 wins over 11th-seeded Canajoharie-Fort Plain in the quarterfinals last Friday and second-seeded Tamarac in the semifinals Tuesday.
Against Tamarac, Marilyn Whitcavitch led FFCS with 18 digs, 10 kills, 10 blocks and five aces. 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.
In its quarterfinal win over Canajoharie-Fort Plain, Fonda-Fultonville got 12 digs, 11 kills and an ace from Whitcavitch, while Bagnardi had 20 assists, six digs, two aces and two kills. Krystal McSpirit had eight kills and four blocks for the Lady Braves, Zilles had eight digs and five aces, and Dineen added six aces, four digs and two kills.
“The keys to success will be playing the game they know how to play,” Griswold said. “When you take all the pressure off, the girls’ have great movement, solid serves, good serve receives, killer hits, and coverage like the best of them. As long as they stay energetic, confident, and calm, they’ll do great.”
In its semifinal match, top-seeded Lake George defeated fourth-seeded Voorheesville, 3-1, rallying to win the finals three sets after dropping the first set The Warriors won by scores of 21-25, 25-7, 25-9 and 25-10.
Mikayla Duffy finished with 13 kills and seven digs for Lake George, Alli Zilm posted 28 assists, 18 service points and six digs, and Jazzy Burke had 13 digs, 10 service points and seven kills. Cassi Wagemann notched 15 service points and 10 digs for the Warriors, Ella Fox had seven kills and six service points, and Maddie Burke added 23 digs, seven service points and three kills.
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.
Lake George last played for a Class C title in 2017, losing to Voorheesville in the championship match.
“We got to see them play against Voorheesville and a little bit at another tournament this year. They are not new to this level of competition and I think their comfortability with it is an asset,” Griswold said. “They are a strong team with a heavy net presence and service. We will have to step up in areas to match them and I hope we will do the same for them.”
The winner advances to the regional semifinals to face Section X champion Canton at Gloversville High School on Thursday at 7:30 p.m.
Class D Championship
No. 1 Galway
vs. No. 2 Argyle,
Friday, 7 p.m.
For the third time in the past four years, Galway will play for a sectional title.
The Golden Eagles won the Class C crown in 2016 and lost in last year’s Class D final to Mayfield.
“I am hoping it will help and we can learn from our mistakes last year in that match,” Galway coach Mike Glenn said. “The ones that were there last year, will have a better understanding and sense of the game, but we have a number of new players this year, so I’m hoping the older ones talk to the younger ones about the experience.”
Galway, which last won the Class D title in 2014, advanced to the finals with 3-0 wins over eighth-seeded Germantown and fourth-seeded Hartford.
“I think it’s huge for our program as it’ll be the first time ever for them to be there back-to-back I believe,” Glenn said. “It’s my fourth year here and being in the finals three of the four years has been huge for us as it’s drawing more interest from the community and the younger student athletes wanting to play the sport which helps as we are trying to build the game and our program.”
In Tuesday’s semifinal match against Hartford at Stillwater High School, the Golden Eagles won by scores of 25-13, 25-14 and 25-13.
Julia Reedy finished with 17 kills to lead Galway, Amber Kolpakas posted 15 kills and 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.
In their quarterfinal victory over Germantown, the Golden Eagles prevailed by scores of 25-10, 25-20 and 25-18.
Reedy finished with 18 kills, 15 service points, three blocks and two aces for Galway, while Kurtzner posted 27 digs and five kills. Kolpakas had 10 kills for the Golden Eagles, and Colangelo added five kills and four blocks.
Argyle punched its ticket to the title match with a 3-1 victory over seventh-seeded Mayfield in the quarterfinals and a 3-0 win over third-seeded Maple Hill in the semifinals.
“They are a very good team. They have had a great season and have been one of the top D schools for a number of years, so they are consistent and have the experience. The are well-rounded this year,” Glenn said. “They serve very aggressively, and hit very well. They also have a great setter that can do many things with the ball that we normally don’t see.”
In its semifinal win, the Scots prevailed by scores of 25-19, 25-19 and 25-15.
Jessie Wilson had 27 assists, 12 digs and three kills for Argyle, Gretta Schneider posted 10 digs, six kills and two aces and Denasia Pompey had two kills and a block. Alivia Gaulin notched six kills, five digs and two aces for the Scots, Kiana Squires had five digs, two kills and two assists, and Shelby Caprood finished with 12 kills and three digs.
Argyle won the Class D title in 2016 and 2017 before losing to Mayfield in the semifinals last year.
“If we are going to be successful in the match, there are a few major things. First, we will need to continue to play consistent like we have all year,” Glenn said. “We will have to pass very well as that will be the biggest key. We also have to block well as we have some height on our team and blocking can change the game in a teams favor.”
The winner advances to the regional semifinals to face Section X champion Chateaugay at Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake High School on Thursday at 5:30 p.m. Chateaugay has won 14 straight Section X titles.
Class B Championship
No. 1 Broadalbin-Perth vs. No. 2 Holy Names, Saturday, 3 p.m.
For the seventh straight year, Broadalbin-Perth will be playing for a Section II title.
The top-seeded Lady Patriots won the Class B title in 2018 over Hudson Falls, which had defeated B-P in the 2017 and 2016 Class B finals.
The Lady Patriots also won the Class C title in 2014 and 2015 and finished second in 2013 in Class C.
“I think that having experience is definitely beneficial. It was a great learning experience,” Broadalbin-Perth coach Renee Gillen said. “The keys to success for us will be playing a tough offense and defense.”
Broadalbin-Perth has posted a pair of 3-0 wins on its way to this year’s Class B finals, sweeping eighth-seeded Johnstown in the quarterfinals and postseason nemesis Hudson Falls, the No. 4 seed, in the semifinals.
Sophia Rogers finished with 15 kills, six blocks, four digs and three aces to lead Broadalbin-Perth past Hudson Falls by scores of 25-13, 25-20 and 25-23.
B-P got 18 digs, 12 kills and three aces from Eliana Fraser, while Sydney Rogers had 14 kills, 10 digs and an ace.
In the Lady Patriots’ quarterfinal win over Johnstown, Fraser finished with 10 digs, nine kills and five assists as the Lady Patriots won by scores of 25-13, 25-11 and 25-9.
Kelsey Hinderliter posted four digs and three aces for B-P, while Rogers added eight kills, six digs and an ace.
Second-seeded Holy Names had a rougher road to the championship match.
After posting a 3-0 victory over seventh-seeded Notre Dame-Bishop Gibbons in the quarterfinals, Holy Names outlasted third-seeded Cobleskill-Richmondville in Tuesday’s semifinals, 3-2, winning by scores of 26-24, 20-25, 21-25, 25-14 and 25-23.
Holy Names will be making its first appearance in the sectional finals.
“I know that they are having a great season. We had an opportunity to play them in our home tournament and it was a great match,” Gillen said.
In that contest, B-P won 2-1 by scores of 25-18, 29-31 and 25-16.
“We are working on building a program at B-P from the ground up. I was very lucky to walk into a program that already had a good foundation, thanks to my predecessor,” Gillen said. “It’s very beneficial for our program to continue having success as it inspires our younger athletes to reach their potential.”
The winner will face Section X champion Ogdensburg Free Academy in the regional semifinals at Gloversville High School on Thursday at 5:30 p.m. B-P defeated Ogdensburg, 3-0, in last year’s regional final at Massena High School to advance to the state semifinals.