Haldane headed back to Class D final
Section 1’s Haldane swept through the pool-play round on Saturday at the Glens Falls Civic Center to reach the Class D state finals for the second straight year.
“The girls worked hard throughout the day and accomplished their goals by working as a team,” said third-year Haldane coach Melissa Rossano.
The Blue Devils defeated Section 2’s Hartford (25-15, 25-17), Section 4’s Thomas A. Edison (25-12, 25-12), and Section 6’s Randolph (25-18, 27-25) in order to advance.
Randolph defeated Haldane in last year’s finals but made it through the day in second place to set up a rematch of the 2010 finals.
Rossano was a member of Haldane’s 1998 championship squad after finishing as runner-up the previous year so she has a helpful perspective on what her players are going through.
“I just kept telling them that it can be done,” said Rosanno. “It’s totally different as a coach than as a player, I’m just so proud to sped every day with them and watch them accomplish their goals.
Haldane takes the court tomorrow at the Glens Falls Civic Center at 10:00 a.m.
Pelham perseveres to reach Class B final
Things got interesting for Section 1’s Pelham, as the Pelicans needed a victory in their final match of the day to advance to the finals on Sunday.
Pelham took the first two sets (25-21, 25-12) against Section 3’s Marcellus. Then they ran into Section 11 juggernaut John Glenn and were defeated in straight sets (25-15, 25-15). Finally, the Pelicans topped Section 2’s Johnstown (25-13, 25-23) and earned the right to contend for the Class B title against John Glenn on Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Glens Falls Civic Center.
“The girls worked really hard today, meeting our goals and playing as a team,” Pelham coach Mark Finegan said. “We played pretty well, there isn’t a lot of weakness out there at this stage but we got through.”
In the final game against Johnstown, Pelham was behind the entire way until taking the lead for the first time at 24-23. They then scored the next point and concluding their charge to the championship round.
As a reward, the Pelicans will get to face John Glenn in a standard best-of-five matchup.
“We’re going to have to play really well,” Finegan said. “They have a dynamic front line so our back row will have to control the ball. We’re going to have to pass the ball and hopefully slow down their big hitters.”
Mounties come up short in Class AA
Suffern came up short in its storybook run to the NYS Class AA state title Saturday when they were eliminated in pool play in Glens Falls.
The Mounties were unable to record a win, falling to Section 3’s Baldwinsville (25-16, 25-11), Section 5’s Penfield (25-19, 25-17)and Section 11’s Smithtown East (25-16, 25-15).
It was Suffern’s first trip to the final four and hopefully the start of something special for the program.
“Just the experience of going to states and understanding the level of the competition is key,” Suffern coach Sean Barnes said. “We’re graduating five seniors, including outside hitters Taylor (Anderson) and Liz (Flaherty). The younger girls will just have to come in and step up. The program and our system are good and the confidence is there.”
Suffern advanced to the regionals by upsetting Arlington in the Section 1 finals after having been eliminated by them in the sectional tournament the past two years. The Mounties then brought down Section 4’s Corning and Section 9’s Pine Bush in order to reach the final four.
The team was excited about their chances in the one-day pool play tournament, but they never seemed to get on track.
“We didn’t click very well today,” said Barnes. “We were happy to achieve our goal of making the state tournament even if the outcome wasn’t favorable. We take our hats off to the other teams but we just didn’t flow very well.”
Defending champ Baldwinsville will take on Penfield Sunday at noon in the Glens Falls Civic Center in the Class AA championship game. Baldwinsville defeated Penfield in pool play on Saturday 25-18 and 25-19.