Orchard Park tested BH-BL's resolve in the championship match. After losing the first game 25-20, the Quakers battled the Spartans tooth and nail through the next two games with powerful spikes and strong serves. But BH-BL (34-1) countered with a combination of power and finesse to win both games to complete a three-game sweep against the only team that defeated it during the regular season.
"We had talked about using the off-speed stuff because we'd seen a little weakness on their side toward that," said Sander.
Blocking also factored into BH-BL's victory. Several of the Spartans' points came off successfully defending Orchard Park's spikes, including one by Greg Ogle that capped BH-BL's 26-24 win in the second game.
"Our blocking really picked up, especially in this last match," said Sander.
Fischer provided the power with 13 kills, while Guba had a strong all-around match with nine kills, five digs and two blocks. Pelletier chipped in with seven kills, including the championship-clinching kill in the third game, Bynon contributed several service points and Farrell added 36 assists.
It's the first time in the six years Section II teams have competed at the state class A regional tournament that one has won the title. It also marked the end of the careers of a group of BH-BL players that has won four consecutive Suburban Council championships.
"I have never played with a group of kids at the top of their games like today," said Mike Bynon. "To finish it off like that is great."
"It's going to be disappointing not playing with them, but to end it on a high note is a great feeling," added Pelletier.
While Saturday marked the ending of the boys volleyball season, it marked the continuation of the girls volleyball season as BH-BL defeated Massena by scores of 25-9, 25-13 and 25-6 to earn its sixth consecutive trip to the state tournament.