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Begin aces Massena in regional final

"We knew we needed to run a quick game because they're a good defensive team," said Baldwinsville coach Mary Jo Cerqua.

The fast pace and balanced Baldwinsville attack took its toll on Ballston Spa. The Scotties fell behind 7-2 in the first game on their way to a 25-19 loss, and the Bees took the second and third games by respective scores of 25-14 and 25-17.

"Our setting was very good today, and our passing was good," said Ballston Spa coach Sylvia Bertrand. "Some of their shots were tough for us to get under, though."

Lauren Hartman had 10 kills, Erika VanValkenburgh contributed nine kills and Kelsey Klopfer added 28 assists for Baldwinsville. Casey Wright paced Ballston Spa with 10 kills and five service points, while Jessica Lawlor recorded 15 assists.

"This is a great team," said Bertrand. "They played way beyond our expectations all year. They have nothing to hang their head about."

BH-BL boys place second

The Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake boys volleyball team became the first Section II squad to reach the regional class AA finals, but the Spartans fell short of being the first area team to win the regional title.

Section VI champion Lancaster pulled away to a 25-16 victory in the fifth game to edge BH-BL 3-2 in the championship match.

The Spartans won the first game 25-18 before dropping the next two games 25-21 and 25-22. BH-BL rallied to a 25-19 win in the fourth game to force the deciding fifth game.

The Spartans went 5-1 during the pool play portion of the state tournament, including a two-game sweep against Lancaster.

Dave Fischer registered 39 kills and added seven blocks for BH-BL. Sam Guba contributed 23 kills, Mike Bynon chipped in 20 kills and Luke Farrell added 88 assists during the day-long tournament.""

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