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High schools: Rematch for Class AA title

posted Nov 1, 2012, 10:13 AM by John Coletta


Thursday, November 1, 2012

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Guilderland and Shenendehowa will meet again for the Section II Class AA girls’ volleyball champ-ionship after the Lady Dutch rallied for a five-set win over Columbia and the Lady Plainsmen swept Shaker on Wednesday in a semifinal double-header at Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake.

Shenendehowa won its second straight title last year in four sets over Guilderland, and the rematch is Saturday at 4 at Stillwater. Guilderland took the only meeting between the Suburban Council teams this season in three sets.

Quincy Kinzel served for 23 points and had 18 assists in Guilderland’s 22-25, 25-23, 21-25, 25-16, 25-20 comeback win over Columbia. Kayla Myers had six kills and eight blocks for the top-seeded Lady Dutch (19-3), and Allison Van Doren had 12 kills and 10 points.

Aimee Spilman amassed 42 assists for Columbia, and Danielle Francis had 16 kills.

Taylor Murphy excelled at the net with 15 kills and four blocks in Shenendehowa’s 25-10, 25-10, 25-17

victory. Hayley Macken had 36 assists and six kills, Brooke Lane had 10 points and nine kills, and Natsumi Takamori had 16 points and 20 digs.

Burnt Hills-Ballston reached its 16th straight Section II championship match with a three-set Class A semifinal sweep of Niskayuna.

Molly McCormack had eight kills and three aces, and Jessica Dillon had seven kills, seven assists and two blocks in the Spartans’ 25-7, 25-16, 25-8 victory.

Burnt Hills (26-2) has won 10 consecutive Section II titles, 14 of them in 15 years, and 17 going back to the 1991 season. The Spartans captured their fourth state championships during that stretch last year.

Queensbury (16-0) will supply the competition in Saturday’s Class A final (6 p.m.) at Stillwater after beating South Glens Falls for the third time this season, 25-19, 18-25, 25-13, 25-19.

Zara Hyde piled up 18 service points, six aces, 14 assists, eight kills and seven digs, and top-seeded Johnstown (15-3) earned an opportunity to defend its Class B title with a 25-16, 25-18, 25-10 victory over Notre Dame-Bishop Gibbons.

Annie Stock had 12 kills and 11 digs for the Lady Bills. Cassie Nosal had five blocks for the Golden Knights (14-5), Iman Harris had four kills, Ejada Montgomery collected 17 digs, and Emily Brown totaled 11 assists and six digs.

Schalmont (19-5) got 41 assists from Lindsey Burns, 37 digs from Emily Hilton and nine kills and seven blocks out of Alyssa Hart in a 23-25, 19-25, 25-23, 25-21, 25-22 Class B win over Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk.

Lauren Mahar had 14 kills and 18 digs for Schalmont, and Rachel Pineda had eight kills and 31 digs. Michaela Bullis and Darien Harbeck sparked Ravena (19-2) with 26 and 17 kills, respectively, and Katie Beswick assisted on 42 points.

Two-time defending Class C champ Voorheesville (18-0) beat Loudonville Christian, 25-8, 25-17,25-13, behind Libby Bjork’s 21 assists. Kim Jeans had six assists for Loudonville Christian, and Rebecca Fordan had five points, two aces and two kills.

Greenville beat Hoosic Valley in the other Class C semifinal (3-1).

Hartford beat Lake George (3-0) and Argyle beat Waterford-Halfmoon (3-1) in Class D.

The Class B (8 p.m.), Class C (6 p.m.) and Class D (4 p.m.) finals are Friday at Stillwater.

Boys’ volleyball

Plainsmen make final

Tyler Ostrowski assisted on 30 points, and Austin Jensen had nine kills to lift Shenendehowa past Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake, 25-15, 25-21,25-22, in the Section II Class A semifinals.

Ryan McSwiggin had six kills, three blocks and three aces for the Plainsmen (19-5), and Josh Olsen also had six kills. Sam Pelton had five kills for BH-BL (21-5), Geoff Putmann had four kills, and Devin Sandman finished with 15 assists.

Two-time defending champion Bethlehem (23-1) defeated Guilderland (13-7) behind a combined 18 kills from Myles Bergere and John Sica, 25-18, 25-14, 26-24.

Bethlehem and Shenendehowa play Saturday at noon at Scotia-Glenville.