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Shenendehowa Sectional Champions

posted Nov 17, 2015, 7:58 AM by John Coletta

Shenendehowa boys’ volleyball wins title match in stunner, ends Bethlehem’s reign

Members of the Shenendehowa boys' volleyball team celebrate with the championship plaque after defeating Bethlehem in the Section II Division I title match Friday, Nov. 6, 2015 in Rensselaer. (Michael Kelly/Gazette Sportswriter)Members of the Shenendehowa boys' volleyball team celebrate with the championship plaque after defeating Bethlehem in the Section II Division I title match Friday, Nov. 6, 2015 in Rensselaer. (Michael Kelly/Gazette Sportswriter)

POSTED BY: MICHAEL KELLY NOVEMBER 7, 2015

BY MICHAEL KELLY
Gazette Sportswriter

RENSSELAER — Each member of the Shenendehowa boys’ volleyball team knew what was expected of the Plainsmen in Friday’s Section II Division I championship match.

They were supposed to give their all, maybe take a set against the section’s five-time defending champions, and then suffer another loss in the finals to Bethlehem.

“We knew we were the underdog and we had nothing to lose,” said Shenendehowa senior Sean Dillon, who said he knew few people expected much of the Plainsmen in the final. “We just really wanted to beat them.”

Somehow, the Plainsmen got their wish.

With a stunning performance, Shenendehowa topped Bethlehem 3-0 with scores of 25-23, 25-19, and 25-15. The victory came in the Plainsmen’s fifth consecutive trip to the section’s championship match, with Shenendehowa losing in each of the first four to Bethlehem.

“They played tonight like they had nothing to lose, and that’s how you win,” Bethlehem head coach James O’Keefe said. “Shen played lights out. They played their best.”

Shenendehowa advances to the regional round of the state playoffs, and will next play Saturday, Nov. 14, at Guilderland High School.


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