The Niskayuna boys’ volleyball season is on hold and a dozen of its players are in quarantine after a COVID-19 contact at a recent Suburban Council away match.
Niskayuna has postponed the remaining four matches on its regular season schedule and anticipates a return for the league tournament that begins April 26. The player quarantine ends April 23, a day after the Silver Warriors were to play their last league match against Bethlehem.
“My heart goes out to the seniors,” Niskayuna coach Ryan O’Connell said. “We have such a great senor class this year, but we still have a season and we still something to play for. I told my guys, ‘You’ve got to stay positive.’”
The Niskayuna School District wrote on its webpage: “The district is not aware of any positive cases of COVID-19 today. However, members of an interscholastic athletic team (12 individuals) have been quarantined due to contact at a recent away contest with individuals who later tested positive for COVID-19. These individuals were not members of our school community. This quarantine is in accordance with public health directives and in line with our COVID safety protocols for athletics.
“We remain committed to doing everything possible to promote health and safety in our schools and community. We appreciate everyone’s help with this by following public health guidance. All of the health and safety precautions outlined in our reopening plan remain fully in effect, including mask-wearing, social distancing and enhanced cleaning and disinfecting. We continue to work closely with local public health departments.”
Niskayuna competed at Saratoga Springs Monday, and according to ScheduleGalaxy. Saratoga Springs has also postponed its final four regular-season matches.
O’Connell said his team will be preparing for the league tournament with virtual workouts and by watching game film.
“I want my guys to stay mentally and physically ready,” O’Connell said.