BH-BL rolls to tournament title

The Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake boys volleyball team proved yet again that it is the one to beat in the Suburban Council.

The Spartans didn't drop a game in winning last Saturday's Suburban Council Mid-season Tournament at home. They swept through pool play before beating Saratoga Springs 25-19, 25-11 in the quarterfinals, Shenendehowa 25-19, 25-14 in the semifinals and Section VI power Canisius 25-16, 25-12 in the finals.

They did pretty well when it got down to the end, said BH-BL coach Paul Sander.

Not every game was easy for the Spartans, though. Baldwinsville pushed BH-BL to the limit in the opening game of pool play before the Spartans pulled out a 25-21 win. Saratoga and Shen also challenged BH-BL in individual games, but the Spartans always responded with a dominating performance thereafter.

The run through the tournament mirrored BH-BL's run through the first half of the Suburban Council season. The Spartans " who are currently on a five-year unbeaten streak " have dominated their competition on their way to a 9-0 record.

BH-BL has benefitted from a starting lineup that includes seniors Matt Bynon, Mike Fischer, Jordan Armstrong and Eric Sandmann.

"The one person who has made a big difference for us is Eric Sandmann," said Sander. "He's been a major part of our offense. He wasn't a starter last year, and he's made the most of his opportunity."

The Spartans looked to keep their winning streak alive Wednesday when they hosted second-place Bethlehem.

"I know they've been saying they're ready for us," Sander said of Bethlehem. "I think we're ready for them.""

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