State volleyball: Burnt Hills girls win another regional title

Record-tying 18th straight
Burnt Hills' Claire Isaksen Nov. 5
Burnt Hills' Claire Isaksen Nov. 5

The Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake girls’ volleyball team swept host Jamesville-DeWitt in three sets Saturday to win its state record-tying 18th consecutive regional championship.

Claire Isaksen had 34 assists, and Hannah Shell collected seven kills and four aces in the Spartans’ 25-16, 25-9, 25-12 Class A victory. Carlie Rzeszotarski and Sofia Pawlusik led the Spartans with 11 kills and 15 digs, respectively.

“We haven’t played real great the last two matches so we are really happy that they came out of the gate on all cylinders today,” Burnt Hills coach Gary Bynon said. “We hit .576 [percent] as a team with only four errors all day. Our passers really stepped up. This is such a great win for our program.”

Burnt Hills advanced to state semifinal pool play next Saturday at Cool Insuring Arena in Glens Falls. Burnt Hills (30-5) will be looking to add to its six state championships.

“To go back to the final four with this group is very special,” Bynon said. “They have been a together group led by our seniors all year.”

Baldwinsville defeated Niskayuna in a Class AA regional 25-20, 25-19, 25-17.

Stefana Stan had 11 kills and 23 digs for Niskayuna, and Cat Schiavi had 11 kills and 19 digs for the Silver Warriors, which made its first state tournament appearance since 2007. Katie Atchinson finished with 20 assists and Laura Mason contributed 22 digs.

Broadalbin-Perth beat Peru in Class B 25-13, 25-18, 25-21; Lake George beat Saranac Lake in Class C 25-17, 25-7, 25-17, and Galway swept Northern Adirondack in Class D 25-6, 25-10, 25-20.

Amber Kolpakas had 10 kills for Galway, Julia Reedy had eight kills, and Anna Gardner had five kills and 20 service points.


In regional finals at Fayetteville-Manlius, Shenendehowa rallied to defeat Cicero-North Syracuse in five sets in Division 1, and Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake lost to Jamesville-DeWitt in five sets in Division 2.

Shenendehowa prevailed 25-19, 13-25, 22-25, 25-22, 16-14 and advanced to the state final four next Saturday at Albany Capital Center. Jamesville-DeWitt ended Burnt Hills’ hopes of a return trip to the final four with a 14-25, 28-26, 17-25, 25-17, 15-9 triumph. Burnt Hills was the 2018 state runner-up.

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