Shenendehowa was the only Section II team of the five in action that lost in last year’s regional volleyball championships.
The Lady Plainsmen would like to reverse their fortune today in a Class AA rematch with Section III powerhouse Baldwinsville, which followed its 2010 regional success with a state title.
“Last year, we acheived our first goal of winning sectionals, and that was great, and then regionals was a brand new experience for us,” said Shenendehowa co-captain Hunter Drews. “We went, we saw what it was like, and now this year, we know what we’re in for. So, hopefully, we can make it past regionals this year. That’s our next goal.”
Shenendehowa (19-3) and Baldwinsville (15-0) will play at 2, following the noon Class A regional final between Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake (27-2) and Fulton (10-5), at Cicero-North Syracuse High School.
Shenendehowa got 18 kills from Drews, 11 kills from Amanda Robinson, and 47 assists out of freshman Hayley Macken in a 25-14, 21-25, 25-23, 30-28 win over Guilderland in the Section II title match. The Lady Plainsmen swept Shaker and Niskayuna before that as part of their sectional championship defense.
“It was tough for us this year, because we knew we were the team that everyone was looking to beat. That was a new pressure for us, because we were used to being the underdog and the team that hadn’t won in 20 years,” said Drews, a senior ouside hitter. “It was definitely a lot of pressure for us this year, but I think it shows a lot about the character of our team that we were able to push through it, take that pressure and turn it into something good.”
Burnt Hills will be eyeing its 10th regional crown in as many years and 13th since 1995. The Spartans swept Oswego last year and made it to the state title match, and earned a regional return with a 25-16, 25-15, 27-29, 25-14 triumph over South Glens Falls.
Johnstown (13-5), Voorheesville (20-0) and Hartford (18-1) each swept regional semifinals Thursday and take on the Section VII representatives today at Plattsburgh State. Johnstown mets Beekmantown (17-0) at 5, Voorheesville meets AuSable River (7-11) at 3, and Hartford meets Northern Adirondack (11-6) at 1.