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PROGRAM REGIONAL CHAMPIONS

posted Nov 17, 2015, 6:19 AM by John Coletta   [ updated Nov 17, 2015, 7:55 AM ]

Shenendehowa volleyball teams win regional championships

Members of the Shenendehowa girls' volleyball team pose together after winning a regional championship Saturday, Nov. 14, 2015. (Photo provided)Members of the Shenendehowa girls' volleyball team pose together after winning a regional championship Saturday, Nov. 14, 2015. (Photo provided)

POSTED BY: MICHAEL KELLY NOVEMBER 15, 2015

BY MICHAEL KELLY
Gazette Sportswriter

CLIFTON PARK — Both Shenendehowa High School volleyball teams won regional championships Nov. 14, with the boys’ team topping Clarkstown South and the girls’ squad beating Baldwinsville.

With the victories, both John Coletta’s boys’ team and Lori Kessler’s girls’ team advanced to the Nov. 21 state championship tournaments. The boys will play at Suffolk County Community College in Selden, while the girls will play at the Civic Center in Glens Falls.

At Guilderland High School, the Plainsmen boys won in four sets — 25-19, 25-18, 21-25, 25-18 — to capture a Division I regional title. Donovan Suguitan had 11 kills and 11 digs for Shenendehowa, while Mitchell DeBortoli added 16 kills and Thomas Hurley had 40 assists.

At Chittenango High School, the Plainsmen girls also won in four sets — 16-25, 25-12, 25-23, 26-24 — to take home a Class AA regional title. Leading the way for Shenendehowa was Nicole Adams with 19 kills, while Julia Paliwodzinski added 39 assists, Rachel Millington and Hannah Elmer each had 11 kills, and Charlotte Macken collected 21 digs.

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)

Besides their successes in regional action, a number of Shenendehowa volleyball athletes recently received all-league honors.

From the boys’ team, five players received recognition. On the league’s first team from the Plainsmen were DeBortoli, Sean Dillon, and Hurley; earning honorable mention status were Suguitan and Colin McCabe.

From the girls’ team, Adams, Macken, and Paliwodzinski received first-team honors; Millington was a second-team choice; and, Elmer was an honorable mention.

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