GLOVERSVILLE — Coming into Saturday’s regional championship match with Johnstown, Beekmantown volleyball coach Shana Hileman stressed the importance of getting off to a good start against Johnstown.
The Eagles gave their coach the start she wanted, but not the finish.
Beekmantown won the first set 25-18, only to have the Lady Bills rally to win the final three sets by scores of 25-23, 25-11 and 25-20 at Gloversville High School to win the regional title for the third straight year.
Each of those titles have come at the expense of the Eagles, who have won four straight Section VII Class B titles since the section moved to the fall season in 2010. However, Beekmantown has yet to advance past the regional finals.
“I really thought we had our best chance this year,” Hileman said. “It’s always tough to have a season end on a match like this. We gave it our all.”
Senior Jordynne Ales finished with a career-high 50 digs for the Eagles. She also had six service points, including one ace. Senior Evelyn Vicencio posted 25 digs for Beekmantown.
“Ales and Vivencio played well defensively,” Hileman said. “They had a ton of digs between them.”
Shannon Ryan finished with 15 digs, 12 points and 10 kills for the Eagles, Michaela Lafountain posted 36 assists, 10 digs, eight points, three aces and three kills, and Emily Anderson had 11 digs, six kills and four points. Mikaela Frechette added 12 digs and seven kills, while Hunter Gates added seven digs, four kills and two points.
Junior Annie Stock led Johnstown with 23 digs, 18 kills, two aces and one block, while Alyssa Nellis posted 17 digs, 11 blocks, seven kills and two aces.
Hannah Breda finished with 16 blocks, four kills and three digs for the Lady Bills, Brianne O’Rourke had 13 blocks and four kills and Jerica Holland had 22 assists 10 digs and two aces. Kaitlyn Duesler finished with seven digs, four kills and two blocks for Johnstown, while Morgan Catania added 13 assists and six digs.