Gloversville sweeps past B-P in Foothills opener

GLOVERSVILLE – The Gloversville Huskies made quick work of the Broadalbin-Perth Lady Patriots Wednesday, winning in straight games by scores of 25-18, 25-16, and 25-20.

The Foothills Council match was even early on, with game one tied at 12 apiece after Gloversville’s Jenna Putnam smashed a return just past the outstretched arms of Broadalbin-Perth’s Megan Ryder. Late in the game, it was Gloversville who capitalized on a couple of long rallies en route to a 1-0 advantage. Winning game one was the first step for Gloversville, but head coach Duane Hicks has seen his team grow complacent in the past.

“We won a ton of first games last year, and lost the next three,” said Hicks.

That would not be the case Wednesday. Behind the serving of Chelsey Biasini, the Lady Huskies were able to jump out to a commanding 11-1 lead to start the second game. Biasini contributed two of Gloversville’s 10 aces. Broadalbin-Perth went on a run, but the combination of Putnam to Biasini helped to put some distance between the teams late in the game. Broadalbin-Perth’s Lauren Adamchick shanked a ball out of bounds to seal the game for Gloversville.

Game three saw the Lady Patriots put forth their best effort of the match. The Lady Huskies trailed 17-16 before Biasini sent a ball over that hit the ground untouched to pull Gloversville even. Christine Pavlovsky had success serving for Gloversville late in the game, helping the Lady Huskies to a 20-17 lead. Broadalbin-Perth wouldn’t go away, though. The Lady Patriots pulled even at 20 after an ace by Regan Reed. Gloversville put an end to the match after going on a 5-2 run, bringing Gloversville’s record to 1-0 on the young season.

“They stuck together,” said Hicks. “For them to stick together and sweep a team like Broadalbin, who’s already a good team and even better with [Mike] Calvello back at the helm, it’s nice to beat a good team.”

Reed had 10 kills and seven digs for the Lady Patriots, while Zoe Simonson had four kills of her own. The loss for the Lady Patriots comes on the heels of dropping the championship match of the Broadalbin-Perth Tip-Off Tournament to the Johnstown Lady Bills. Broadalbin-Perth rallied to defeat Gloversville earlier on in the tournament.

Putnam filled the stat sheet for Gloversville, registering seven assists and seven kills. Katlyn Pierce also had seven kills, while Biasini had four kills and four digs to go along with her two aces. Alex Bielli chipped in three of Gloversville’s nine blocks.

Both teams will be in action on Friday, with Gloversville traveling to Scotia-Glenville and Broadalbin-Perth taking on the Lady Bills in Johnstown.