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B'ville Girls Volleyball earns second place in state championships

The team recently received recognition for their accomplishment at the Baldwinsville School board meeting where each member of the team was individually introduced and recognized.

"The presentation was very nice," said Rich Carrino of the Baldwinsville Girls' Volleyball Booster Club. "Superintendent Jeanne Dangle and School Board President Kevin Bernstein introduced Head Coach MaryJo Cerqua who talked about the season's successes."

The record

Baldwinsville has played league games against Liverpool, CNS, FM, West Genesee, Henninger, Fowler, Corcoran, Rome, Utica, Auburn and Central Square, and regional games against Ballston Spa.

"When Baldwinsville played in the winter, they were a very successful program," Carrino said.

The team remained successful despite the move to fall.

I thought the adjustment might be difficult, but it wasn't. The season went extremely smooth and for such a big change, very stress-free," Cerqua said. "The hardest part was adjusting to all the tournaments that we played in during the fall."

The team spent many weekends traveling to tournaments throughout NY state.

"The best part of traveling was meeting new people and playing at a much higher level than what we were used to," Cerqua said. "The experience has been incredible for the girls and truly helped them in the recruiting process.

Team accomplishments

The Baldwinsville Girls volleyball team obtained an overall record of 19-2 this season. The team achieved champion status at the league, sectional and regional level and runner up status at the state level.

This past falls first team all league players included Amanda Kershner, Kelsey Klopfer, Lauren Hartman and Erika VanValkenburg. Second team all league players included Heather Crawford (who also received an award at for state sportsmanship), Gabrielle Nieves, Erin Carrino. Amanda Kershner received player of the year and Kelsey Klopfer was chosen to the first team all state.

MaryJo Cerqua has served as head coach of the team from 1990 to 2006 with an overall record of 351-32. Cerqua's teams also completed a 104 game winning streak from 1998 to 2004, which is now in the NYSPHSAA Record book.

The team consists of the following members: Head Coach MaryJo Cerqua, Assistant Coach Cheryl Meany, Team Manager Corey Buit, Laura Galvin (sophomore), Katie Maher (junior), Heather Crawford (senior), Lauren Hartman (junior), Erika Van Valkenburg (senior), Christine Morra (junior), Erin Carrino (sophomore), Colleen Robinson (junior), Amanda Kershner (senior), Lauren Aloi (junior), Gabriella Nieves (junior), Kelsey Klopfer (senior) and Michelle Lesser (junior).

Next year's team will return nine players including all-league players Lauren Hartman, Gabby Nieves and Erin Carrino.

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