SARATOGA SPRINGS — You can bet the Mayfield girls’ volleyball team was looking to avenge the one league loss of the season it suffered at the hands of Galway.
The Panthers couldn’t have done so in a more important game when the two teams met in Saturday’s Section II Class D final Saturday at Saratoga Springs High School.
Mayfield wasted no time taking the first set 25-21 and the second set 25-22. The Golden Eagles won the third set 25-19, before the Panthers captured the sectional championship, winning the fourth 25-17. Mayfield won the sectional title in 2015.
“It’s about time we got them,” Mayfield head coach Eileen Rovito said, adding that the Golden Eagles had beaten her squad in two tournament games earlier in the year. “They have a great team package, so we knew we would have to be consistent.”
In the first set, the two teams traded the lead nine times.
“We didn’t play our game today. We came out flat,” Galway coach Mike Glenn said after watching his team suffer their lone loss of season. “We made way too many mistakes we don’t usually make.”
Despite being down two sets to none, the Golden Eagles came out strong and got back into a groove. Galway scored 12 straight points, and Katy Kutzner’s serve went unanswered to give the Golden Eagles the set.
But Rovito answered, calling her team to the sidelines and sparking the Panthers to a run of their own.
Just needing two points to close the game out, leading 23-17, Mikayla Myers, a senior outside hitter, sealed the victory scoring both.
“This is amazing. It may be the most incredible feeling I’ve had in my life.” Myers said. “It was so important for us to win that first set. And when they battled back, we just pushed them even harder.
Myers finished with 12 kills and four blocks. Teammate Samantha Kent added 10 kills and three blocks.
Mayfield advances to the State Tournament Tuesday night in Gloversville.
IN OTHER ACTION
In the Section II Class B championship game, Broadalbin-Perth swept Hudson Falls 25-17, 25-14, 25-16.
In Broadalbin’s championship win, Eliana Fraser had 11 kills and 22 digs, while Cassy Bown paired 13 kills and 12 digs.
Also in victory, Lily Mitchell had 30 assists, Madison Fariello and Sydney Rogers each contributed 30 digs, and Sophia Rogers had 15 digs.
Voorheesville defeated Fonda-Fultonville 23-25, 25-10, 25-17, 25-14 to win the Section II Class C championship.
Voorheesville’s Victoria Konicki led the way with 16 kills and seven blocks, while Katie Bablin had 18 assists.
For Fonda, Marilyn Whitcavitch had six kills and Julia Bagnardi had 24 assists.