Spartans outlast Huskies

GLOVERSVILLE – The Gloversville Lady Huskies came back to tie the match 2-2 after falling behind 2-0 but couldn’t seal the deal Wednesday night in a Foothills volleyball match against the visiting Queensbury Lady Spartans.

The match was a back-and-forth battle throughout, with both teams looking superior for long stretches over five games. Queensbury took the match by game scores of 25-22, 25-19, 23-25, 19-25 and 25-20.

The first game was marked by a close score all the way to the end. The biggest lead of the game for either team was three. Gloversville held the three-point advantage three separate times, while Queensbury led by three twice, including when all was said and done and the victory had been secured. The game also featured 12 ties. Queensbury played from behind in the early going. Despite taking the early 2-1 lead, Queensbury didn’t lead again until 16-15. A kill by Queensbury’s Katelyn Ripley extended the lead; Ripley was extremely active for the Lady Spartans. Gloversville held a 22-21 advantage after Katlyn Pierce dropped a shot in between the Lady Spartan defense with pinpoint precision. Queensbury won four straight points, the final of which was a hard kill by Ripley to seal the game.

Queensbury looked like a team bent on sweeping the match during game two. Repeated moments of miscommunication between Gloversville players allowed the Lady Spartans to put together multiple long-point streaks. Kristen O’Connor served Queensbury to a 22-14 lead en route to the 25-19 Queensbury win.

Jenna Putnam’s excellent serving to begin game three foreshadowed the comeback that was to follow. Gloversville jumped out to a 6-0 lead using two aces from Putnam. The cushion did not last long, however, as Queensbury rallied for six straight points of their own. Queensbury led for most of this game, but Gloversville was able to keep the score close enough to crawl back. The Lady Huskies regained the lead at 20-19 after a Putnam smash off the hands of Lindsey Ziegler. With the score knotted at 23 apiece, Pierce hit a vicious kill before Lizzie Peak delivered the ace and the game-three victory.

Gloversville carried their improved play into the fourth game. Gloversville led throughout with Pierce, Putnam, Chelsey Biasini, and Ana Kroup all registering big kills in the game as Gloversville used superior play and encouragement from a passionate home crowd to tie the match 2-2.

In the end, however, it was Queensbury that was able to put together the timeliest streak of the game. After a kill by Putnam that gave Gloversville a 20-19 lead, Queensbury tied the game before Lindsey Ziegler served the Lady Spartans to five straight points to win the match.

Putnam finished with 22 assists, 13 kills and three aces for Gloversville, while Pierce posted 17 kills and five digs. Kroup posted six kills for the Lady Huskies, and Christina Pavlovsky added 14 assists.

The Lady Huskies will travel to Hudson Falls Friday to take on the Lady Tigers in a 6 p.m. tilt.