Boys volleyball: Bethlehem misses the state finals

Wood displeased with Fairport coach's decision in pool play

— Wood said that all of the state tournament teams were asked by officials not to throw any pool play sets, and when he saw what Fairport did against Sachem East he went to the officials to see if there was anything that could be done about it. But, the result was allowed to stand.

Wood said he also approached O’Dell to air his grievance, and O’Dell said the two had a heated exchange.

“We had a couple of choice words. I was not happy with the way he approached me,” said O’Dell. “But the thing I told him is at the end of the day, it’s about the kids. I had to do what was right for Fairport and what was right for my kids.”

Still, Wood said Bethlehem could have rendered the point moot if it swept its two pool play sets against Sachem East.

"We didn't do what we needed to do," said Wood. "I don't want to make it sound like it was because of his decision that we didn't make the finals. I just thought it was unsportsmanlike for him to do that."

Once Sachem East won the first of the two sets, Wood said his team put together a strong effort to make certain it didn't leave Glens Falls without a win.

"That was our goal, and to be honest I think the guys did relax a bit and started playing the game once they were eliminated," said Wood.

The Eagles graduate seven seniors from this year's team including setters Kevin Mahar and Dan Ball, but they'll have Kevin Cahill, John Sica and Aaron Carrk back for another season in 2014.

"While we're losing a lot of senior leadership as well as a lot of senior skill ... we're still retaining quite a bit of our talent," said Wood.

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