Lady Patriots outlast Queensbury, 3-1

BROADALBIN – The start of Wednesday’s Foothills Council volleyball match may not have gone as Broadalbin-Perth had hoped, but the finish sure did.

The Lady Patriots quickly fell behind Queensbury 6-0 in the opening game before settling down and rallying to win the opening game 25-23.

The comeback gave Broadalbin-Perth the spark it needed to defeat the Lady Spartans 3-1 on game scores of 25-23, 21-25, 25-18 and 25-17 Wednesday at Broadalbin-Perth High School.

“I always have concerns, especially against Queensbury,” Broadalbin-Perth coach Mike Calvello said. “We got off to a slow start, again. I don’t know what it is. We kind of settled in and got it to 6-3 and then started to play from there.”

The victory move Broadalbin-Perth into second place behind Johnstown, who is undefeated in the league, and drops Queensbury into a tie for third with Gloversville in the Foothills Council standings.

In the opening game of Wednesday’s match, the Lady Spartans broke out to a quick lead on Lindsey Ziegler’s two ace, six-point service run.

Broadalbin-Perth chipped away at the Queensbury lead and with the help of their defense turning quick side-outs and a five-point service run from Keyana Fariello, the Lady Patriots came all the way back to tie the game at 16.

Queensbury was able to open a slim three-point edge before the Lady Patriots again came back with a pair of runs from Maddie Gurga and Regan Reed before closing out the game 1 victory with a Megan Ryder kill.

Queensbury fought back in the second game of the match and had the biggest lead of the game, four points, at the end to claim the second game 25-21.

The tight battle continued in Game 3 with the score being deadlocked five times before the Lady Patriots were able to pull ahead 18-13 on Fariello’s five-point run. Queensbury trimmed the lead to three before the Lady Patriots were able to close out the game 25-18.

Broadalbin-Perth again fell behind early in the decisive fourth game of the match before using a series of short service runs and turned quick side-outs to outlast the Lady Spartans 25-17 to lock up the 3-1 victory.

“It was back and forth,” Queensbury coach Tyler Carey said of the match. “We have played quite a few more-than-three matches this year, so when we get against a good team our objective is to keep it close and try to push it out at the end. They are so consistent that we had to be more on with our passing or it is just not going to happen. There defense was just so solid. Their blocking was on and when we did manage to get it over the block they were there to dig it up.”

Kristen O’Connor collected 42 digs for the Spartans (9-4, 9-4) with 42 digs, while Mara Bureau had 12 kills and Katelyn Ripley contributed 11 kills.

“There weren’t any big runs other than the initial run there in the first game,” Calvello said. “I don’t think anybody got more than a three- or four-point lead the entire match. We changed some things we worked on in practice the past couple of days. It’s just so hard to play against Queensbury, they get to every ball. Their defense was outstanding like it always is. I think with us changing things up like we did, I don’t know if it caught them off guard, but think we played very well defensively and our passing was much better tonight. That was the key tonight, when you can pass the ball then you can run an offense and we did tonight.”

Gabby Smith picked up 30 assists in the match for the Lady Patriots, while Fariello had 26 digs. Maddie Gurga finished with 11 kills and eight assists and Chelsea LeBlanc added eight kills and five blocks to the B-P attack.

“With a team that plays defense as well as they do you can’t just keep hitting the ball you need to keep mixing it up,” Calvello said. “I think we able do that tonight. I also think Keyana Fariello did a good job defensively for us as libero. She played really well for us tonight.”