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Sports Archives — The Altamont Enterprise, November 10, 2011

Lady Birds repeat as Class C champions

By Jordan J. Michael

BURNT HILLS –– After a magical run to the state finals last season, the Voorheesville girls’ volleyball team is casting another spell on its opposition.

The Lady Blackbirds disposed of Loudonville Christian in straight sets (25-15, 25-20, and 25-21) on Saturday for its second consecutive Class C crown. Voorheesville beat the Eagles in the same match last year.

Voorheesville has a way of controlling the tempo of a match with great defense and powerful, precise hitting. The team plays it cool and rarely panics. Loudonville Christian was pesky in the third set, but Voorheesville wasn’t going to let its opponent control anything.

“Every one of our players is strong,” said Voorheesville Head Coach Ashley Swint, who has won a championship as a first-year coach. “They use space.”

Swint heard all about Voorheesville’s state title run from last year, but could only know so much before she actually saw the players in action. “I walked into this team,” she said. “I was willing to keep it going.”

Sophomore Libby Bjork, who was named the Colonial Council MVP after the win on Saturday, told The Enterprise that the line-up, defense, and hitting is different, but the energy and skill level feels the same.

“We come here to win,” said Bjork, who had 31 assists. “We’re always pushing hard to win.”

Loudonville Christian wasn’t a pushover by any means, but Voorheesville didn’t seem too worried. The Lady Birds’ next opponent is Salmon River from Section X today at 4 p.m. in Gloversville for regional play.

“We’re looking to improve,” Bjork said. “We want to make it back.”

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