With a tremendous start, Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake girls’ volleyball made sure Saturday that it advanced to Sunday’s Class A girls’ volleyball state championship match.
Burnt Hills won its first four sets in Saturday’s pool-play round of the state tournament at Cool Insuring Arena in Glens Falls. Those four wins secured the Spartans their spot in Sunday’s 10 a.m. final against Section V’s West Irondequoit at Cool Insuring Arena, as Burnt Hills snapped a three-year streak of not making it to the championship match. On Sunday, Burnt Hills will be seeking its seventh state championship.
Burnt Hills finished Saturday at 4-2 in pool play. The Spartans lost their final two sets of the day against Section VIII’s South Side, 24-26, 19-25. Before that, Burnt Hills defeated West Irondequoit 25-16, 25-21, and topped Section I’s Hendrick Hudson 25-14, 25-18.
Claire Isaksen had 39 assists, three aces and five kills to lead Burnt Hills on the day, while Carlie Rzeszotarski contributed 23 kills and 13 digs.
In Class B, Broadalbin-Perth nearly made it to Sunday’s final. The Patriots went 3-3 in pool play to tie for second place, then lost a tiebreaker set 12-25 against Section III’s Westhill. With the tiebreaker set win, Westhill advanced to Sunday’s final.
Eliana Fraser led Broadalbin-Perth with 23 kills and 23 digs, Lily Mitchell added 50 assists and 13 digs, and Sophia Rogers had 20 kills and a dozen digs.
In its six sets of pool play before the tiebreaker game, Broadalbin-Perth split with Westhill 14-25, 25-21; lost 14-25, 10-25 to Section I’s Ardsley; and swept Section VIII’s Seaford 25-11, 25-23.
Also from Section II, Class C’s Lake George finished 2-4 in pool play and Class D’s Galway finished 0-6. Both schools did not advance from pool play.
Lake George lost 12-25, 21-25 to Section VI’s Portville; fell 18-25, 18-25 to Section I’s Valhalla; and defeated Section XI’s Pierson-Bridgehampton 25-19, 25-15.
Galway lost 17-25, 12-15 to Section IV’s Candor; 15-25, 25-27 to Section VI’s Panama; and 11-25, 25-27 to Section I’s Haldane.