Galway girls’ volleyball fights, but falls short in state final

Galway's Julia Reedy sends the ball over the net against Mount Academy during the NYSPHSAA Class D girls' volleyball championships at Cool Insuring Arena in Glens Falls on Sunday, Nov. 21.
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Galway's Julia Reedy sends the ball over the net against Mount Academy during the NYSPHSAA Class D girls' volleyball championships at Cool Insuring Arena in Glens Falls on Sunday, Nov. 21.

GLENS FALLS — The Galway girls’ volleyball team ran out of comebacks after putting one more together in its season finale.

After rallying Saturday to make the state Class D title match and pulling even in it Sunday, the Eagles bowed to Mount Academy in a four-setter at Cool Insuring Arena.

“The kids play hard. Never give up,” Galway coach Mike Glenn said after his team’s first setback this fall. “All this time they never stopped fighting. You saw it yesterday. You saw it against Lake George in the sectional final.”

Glenn and the Galway faithful saw it one last time with the state small-school flag on the line when the Eagles lost the first set 25-14 before taking the second 25-23. Galway trailed in that second set 22-21 before the Section II champs got a kill from Amber Kolpakas and a block from Sadie Underwood in a late push.

“They have blockers and hitters. We were back on our heels,” Mount Academy coach Sandy Mancuso said. “The ebbs and flows in volleyball can be frightening sometimes.”

Mount Academy completed a 34-4 season when it won the third and fourth sets 25-19 and 25-14.

Mount Academy also topped Galway 25-17 and 25-21 in Saturday’s semifinals as part of its 6-0 record.

“We never really gave up,” Galway senior Julia Reedy said of her team’s weekend performance. “We tried to not let any ball drop.”

Mount Academy found holes Sunday in the Galway defense, though, and took advantage of them with some super hard smashes. Tournament MVP Cynthia Boller, Ruby Moody and Alyssa Meier totaled 20, 14 and 13 kills, respectively, for the Section IX representatives.

“They are so strong and athletic. They jump so high and look for angles,” Glenn said. “They’re stacked for a Class D team.”

Galway earned its Sunday match with Mount Academy on Saturday when, after it lost to Pavilion 25-20 to fall to 0-3, the Golden Eagles answered that with a 26-24 win, and then took two from 2019 state champ Candor 25-23 and 26-24.

“We started 0-3 and we were on our last lifeline,” Glenn said after Galway’s first appearance in a state title match.“We used so much energy to get here, and I was worried they wouldn’t have anything left in them, but they did. They were okay.”

“I thought we could make it this far. I’m really proud that we came back,” said Reedy, an all-tournament pick who finished with 13 kills. “I know we’re all sad but not so much because we lost,  but because we have a lot of seniors.”

Galway (18-1) pulled even with Mount Academy at 17 in the third set when Reedy delivered one of her kills. Mount followed with an 8-2 run to close it out, and completed the fourth set with a 9-1 run.

“We couldn’t find something that worked,” Reedy said. “Mount Academy, they did.”

Kolpakas had 10 kills and joined Reedy on the all-tourney team. Jayden Devellis had 26 digs to lead the Galway defense.

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