By Jay Young
GLENS FALLS - Randolph faced its toughest test of the season on Saturday when they began pool play at the New York State Public High School Athletic Association Class D volleyball championships at the Glens Falls Civic Center, but, once again, the Lady Cardinals came up big.
Randolph volleyball coach Robin Maycock talks to her team during pool play at the New York State Public High School Athletic Association Class D championships at the Glens Falls Civic Center on Saturday. See additional photos at cu.post-journal.com.
by Jay Young
Randolph’s Lindsey Chase goes high to play a ball at the net during action in the New York State Public High School Athletic Association Class D volleyball tournament in Glens Falls on Saturday. See additional photos at cu.post-journal.com.
P-J photo by Jay Young
Coach Robin Maycock's team has earned the right to play in the title match today day after splitting sets with Tioga 25-22, 15-25; besting Waterford-Halfmoon, 25-5, 25-20; and splitting again with Haldane, 15-25, 25-14.
Now the Cardinals (22-2) will play Haldane once more for the championship in a full best-of-five set meeting. Action begins at 2 p.m.
The most closely contested encounter on Saturday came when the Cardinals played their last match against Haldane. Despite dropping the opening set, Randolph rallied in the second thanks to the leadership of McKenna Maycock.
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"They have some really big hitters in the middle," Coach Maycock, "so we had to move a few things around to try and not give them chances."
The Blue Devils were able to get up early in the first set and never relinquished their lead. Kills by Kelly Vahos and Katie Cunningham brought them to a 7-3 advantage in the early going. McKenna Maycock began to lead a charge to shorten the gap, but serving from senior Sara Chirico proved too much. Chirico ended the set with a dropping serve that could not be reached by the Cardinals.
Clearly, Randolph learned something after relinquishing the set, because in the second the Cardinals did everything possible to keep the ball away from the Blue Devils inside hitters.
"We made some mental mistakes in the first and they got the lead, but we played much better after that," Coach Maycock said.
A big part of that play was dominant offense by McKenna Maycock, who took over the game after dropping the opener. She buried two kills and had a service ace that gave Randolph a 9-1 advantage at the start, and Haldane could not catch up after that.
A missed chance by Cunningham put the Blue Devils in an even deeper, 14-5 hole, and McKenna Maycock finished the match with two decisive kills. McKenna Maycock finished with 10 kills and 10 digs in the match, while Miranda Gross added six assists.
Against Tioga in their first match of the day, Randolph also faced tough competition from powerful hitters. The Tigers kept the first set close the entire way, and were led by the play from Kayle Millage and captain Bryanna Godfrey.
Randolph brought the opening set to a tie at 12, thanks to an ace by Cierra Farmer. The match was leveled again at 19 after the Tigers built up a lead that was taken away by the serving from Alexis Terrette.
It was, once again, McKenna Maycock who came up with the huge kill in the final points to end the game, 25-22, in favor of the Cardinals.
In the following set, Randolph struggled to produce accurate hitting, and Tioga was able to take advantage of the mistakes. Godfrey had a series of kills that built up a 14-8 lead that proved insurmountable.
"There were a few net points that didn't go our way and we hit some balls that were probably going out, and that cost us," Coach Maycock said.
McKenna Maycock made a valiant effort to close the gap with several kills late, but the Tigers took the win, 25-15.
McKenna Maycock finished with 19 kills, 23 digs, two aces against Tioga; while Terrette added an ace and10 assists; and Miranda Gross had 10 assists also. Lindsey Chase recorded three blocks.
The second meeting of the day against Waterford-Halfmoon was won handily by the Cardinals, who only gave up five points in the opening set.
Farmer began the game with a string of great serving that gave Randolph an early 11-3 lead against the Fordians. It was a strong kill by Chase that put the set out of reach, and then she finished the game with a heavy serve that could not be reached by the defenders.
"We came out strong and built up some confidence. It was great to win a close set in the second," Coach Maycock said.
The Fordians responded well after being run down in the first. The second set was tied at 13 and then Waterford-Halfmoon took a two-point lead in the home stretch, but Randolph once again showed it's resiliency. A kill by MacKenzie Marsh and more brilliant play from McKenna Maycock finished the match, 25-20.
Against the Fordians Mckenna Maycock had 12 kills, 10 digs and six aces; Gross had 11 assists; and Terrette had 11 helpers also. Hilary Clinger made seven digs.