CLINTONVILLE — Beekmantown played one of its best games of the season Tuesday, but that wasn’t enough.
Johnstown held off the Eagles for a 3-1 victory in an NYSPHSAA volleyball subregional game at AuSable Valley Central School.
“We had our moments. We had some ups and downs,” Beekmantown coach Shana Hileman said. “I think overall it was obviously one of the best games that we’ve ever played.
“At key times we struggled on first contact. If you can’t serve receive, it’s going to catch up with you. And a team like this, you can’t even give them a 2-point lead. They play volleyball all year round. They’re used to seeing competition like us all the time.”
The Eagles (16-1) fell in the first game 25-20, and Hileman said they executed a little better in the second game, which they dropped 25-22.
They opened a 7-1 lead in the third game, fell behind 16-11 and clawed back to win 25-22 on a kill by Grace Kelly on the outside.
“In the third game, we didn’t make key errors and give them those points,” Hileman said. “Emily Anderson had some key service aces throughout the game, and Jordynne Ales. So that helped us get a lead at key times …”
Johnstown clinched the match with a 25-18 victory in Game 4.
Annie Stock was strong at the net for the Sir Bills, putting down 18 kills. She also had 16 digs. Hannah Breda added 11 kills and nine digs, and Zara Hyde had 12 kills and 19 assists.
While Beekmantown had trouble with its passing at times, Hileman said Johnstown’s ball control was excellent.
“Basically they do not make errors,” she said. “That first contact they get is always going somewhere where the setter is, which is the quarterback of the team.
“That’s the strength of Johnstown. We have to put the ball down; we have to find a hole on the court. We can’t just be satisfied with putting the ball over the net, because if you just put the ball over the net, that’s a guaranteed most likely kill for a team like that.”