If the Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk girls volleyball team wants to be the best in New York, it will truly have to beat the best.
The Class B field at this weekend's state tournament in Glens Falls features three defending champions after student enrollment numbers forced 2008 Class A champion Hendrick Hudson and 2008 Class C champ Eden to move into the same division as R-C-S and 2008 Class B title-holder John Glenn.
We've had the philosophy all year that we will go out and play anybody, said R-C-S coach Ron Racey. "If we beat them, I'm sure they will thank us for a great match. If they beat us, we will thank them for a great match."
The Indians (24-0) will get a crack at all three teams during Saturday afternoon's pool play. If they wind up with one of the top two records after the round-robin portion of the tournament, they will play for the state title Sunday at the Glens Falls Civic Center.
"We wanted this so badly at the beginning of the season," said senior captain Karlie Haack. "Coach Racey asked us at the beginning of the season what our goal was, and it was to go to states. Now that we're going, we want to win states."
R-C-S earned its state tournament berth after dispatching Section X champion Franklin Academy of Malone 3-0 in last Saturday's regional final at Shenendehowa High School. The Indians never let the Huskies into the match as they won by scores of 25-6, 25-8 and 25-15.
"At this level, you've got to play at your best every day," said Racey. "We watched them during warm-ups, and we knew they could serve (well). We had to make sure we played our game."
Haack led R-C-S with 11 kills and three blocks, while senior captain Kaitlynn Franks contributed 10 kills and eight digs. Junior captain Brittney Lintner added 29 assists to help the Indians reach the state tournament for the first time.