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Sports Archives — The Altamont Enterprise, October 27, 2011

Voorheesville volleyball eyeing another run to states

By Jordan J. Michael

VOORHEESVILLE –– The 2010 team had an amazing run to the state finals. The 2011 version is hoping to follow the same path, but it’ll have to pave its own way.

Girls’ volleyball is a big deal in Voorheesville. The Lady Birds just completed its second consecutive undefeated season as Colonial Council champions, losing only two sets out of 47.

The team has a new coach (Ashley Swint) and some new players (Emma Sprotbery, Bryn Davies, and Tori Hargrave) but that’s hard to tell by looking at the box score. The winning results and superb statistics have remained the same.

“We’ve been through a lot,” senior Sarah Dykstra said after a straight-set win over Cobleskill on Monday, which ended the regular season. “We know what to do.”

Voorheesville (15-0, 19-1) received the number-one seed in Class C. The team will host either Maple Hill or Fonda on Friday at 5 p.m.

Cobleskill had problems with Voorheesville’s serves and swings, which frequently found empty space on the court. Defensively, the Birds made some astonishing digs, making the home crowd gasp.

“We excel, no matter what,” Swint said. “We finish, no matter what.”

After winning the first two sets, 25 to 7 and 25 to 14, the Lady Blackbirds were trailing, 4 to 9, in the third set. The team didn’t panic, turning it around for a 26-to-24 win, but both Dykstra and Swint told The Enterprise that the third set has been a bit of an issue this season.

“We get ourselves in trouble,” Dykstra said of the third stanza. “It might be energy, I don’t know. It always happens.”

However, Voorheesville’s talents far outweigh whatever problems it might encounter in the third set.

“We’ll try to nip that in the bud before sectionals,” said Swint.

To regain the lead against Cobleskill in the third set, the Blackbirds fired off five straight kills, going up, 20 to 17. Dykstra, Mariel McGinnis, and Sprotbery were hitting the ball quite hard.

“I think we’re more focused if we’re down,” Dykstra said. “It’s easy to lose focus if you’re far ahead.”

Swint said that Voorheesville’s depth, drive, and energy would get her team through. “They’re psyched,” she said.

Dykstra said that the goal is set for the state finals. “We have so much connection and chemistry,” she said. “We feed off each other. I think we can do it.”

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