"We always look to take one step at a time," said Haack. "The first step was to win our league (the Colonial Council), which we did. The second was to win our Section. But to be undefeated this far into the season is pretty incredible."
Bees swarm Eagles
Bethlehem hoped to join R-C-S at the state tournament, but the Eagles lost to Section III champion Baldwinsville 3-1 in the Class AA regional at Shen.
"They put forth a tremendous effort, so we can't be too disappointed," said Bethlehem coach Lisa Kniffin. "Section III always puts tremendous teams together, and they play at a higher level than we usually see all year."
Baldwinsville (18-2) won the first two games 25-14 and 25-16 before Bethlehem (15-5) rallied for a 25-23 victory in game three. The fourth game was close until the Bees went on a 17-8 run to close out the Eagles with a 25-13 victory.
"I think (winning the third game) was a confidence boost for our kids," said Kniffin. "They never give up, anyway, but I think it was a confidence boost."
Christianne Ludwick had 13 kills, and Paula Gadomski added 17 assists for Bethlehem. Lauren McVey recorded 17 kills and five digs for Baldwinsville, which advanced to its second state tournament appearance in the last three years.
Bethlehem made it to regionals after sweeping Ballston Spa 3-0 in last Wednesday's Sectional final at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs. All three games were close, but the Eagles managed to come out on top by scores of 25-20, 25-22 and 25-20.
"It was awesome," said Kniffin. "We haven't had (a Section II title) in 20-something years. We made it a goal this year, and it's great that we achieved that goal."
Ludwick led Bethlehem with 14 kills, while Gadomski chipped in with 32 assists. Jaci Oskam added the title-clinching points for the Eagles with a kill and an ace in the final game.
Voorheesville's season ended with a 3-1 loss to Lake George in last Wednesday's Class C final at Skidmore. The Warriors won the first two games by scores of 25-23 and 26-24. The Blackbirds responded by winning the third game 25-20 before Lake George sealed the match with a 25-18 victory in the fourth and deciding game.
Arielle Smith had 34 digs, 17 service points and eight aces for Voorheesville, which finished with a 17-5 record.""