Burgher said the seeds of that rally were sewn three years ago when Loudonville Christian rallied from another big deficit to win the last of its six pool play games in the Class D state tournament.
"That was a good teaching point because we were down 23-13 in that last game, and Lila Roberts said [in the huddle], 'Let's finish this.' And we came back and won," said Burgher.
Loudonville Christian, which survived a 25-22 opening game against Voorheesville, finished off the Blackbirds by winning the third game 25-23.
Outside hitter Hattie Burgher led the Eagles in the Sectional final with 17 kills. Setter Christin Henry contributed 28 assists.
"She's been our sparkplug all season," coach Burgher said of Henry, who has been averaging 25 assists per match.
The Eagles are now focused on making a stronger showing at states than in 2006, when they finished with a 2-4 record in pool play.
"This time, it won't be like deer in the headlights," said Burgher. "The kids have come a long, long way, and they're ready for this."
Henry and Hattie Burgher are expected to be big contributors, as is senior Jessica Fitzgerald, who is the team's top server.
"She can peg anyone in the back row, and she also has a great floater [serve]," said coach Burgher.
Loudonville Christian opens pool play in Class C at 9 a.m. Saturday at the Glens Falls Civic Center against Section IV champion Tioga. The Eagles then have matches against Section VIII champion East Rockaway and Section VI champion City Honors from Buffalo. ""