They've done it again. For the second straight year, the Elwood-John Glenn girls volleyball team are State Class B champs.
After nerve-racking pool play Saturday at Glens Falls Civic Center defeating rivals Pelham and Johnstown, Glenn moved on to face first-time state contenders the Skaneateles. They defeated the previously Class C team 3-0, at 25-13, 25-13, 25-15.
At the end of game two, Glenn's Sam Czeczotka saved the ball with her back to the net, diving on the floor toward the edge of the court and getting the ball back into play, resulting in a win. She and Tournament MVP Jackie Malusa dominated the courts with 13 kills without an error and 10 digs, and 19 kills and one attack error, respectively.
Glenn Coach Kevin Harrington said he thinks it was wrong for the state to allow the Skaneateles, a C-class team, to play a B-Class team for the championship in what he says was a ploy to avoid play against another team.
"It's clearly wrong and against the spirit of competition when you can choose who you want to play against or avoid," he said.
Despite that, he said the game "wasn't close" and was proud of the effort from his team.
"After graduating five seniors who were all starters, we knew it was going to be a little bit rougher and the gratifying thing is that those kids stepped up and worked really hard in order to get there and repeat," he said.
This is the Glenn girls volleyball teams' sixth state championship win in 10 years. Next year, they hope to do it again but will face challenges.
"We're going to be losing some good players again next year," said Harrington.
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