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B'ville wins first-ever boys volleyball sectional title

Baldwinsville's journey toward achieving elite status in Section III boys volleyball is now complete.

In just its third year of existence, the Bees won its first-ever Class A sectional title by knocking off two-time defending champ Cicero-North Syracuse, 25-20, 25-20, 25-23, on the Northstars' home floor Tuesday night.

"I'm on top of the world right now," Dan Dubiel said. "It feels great. We practiced every day, going three hours a day. We've been wanting this from the first year we started."

The Bees (16-1) advanced to the state regionals Saturday and will play the Section V champion at Webster-Schroeder. The Bees capped off a volleyball sectional sweep as the B'ville girls won the Class AA crown in the first match of the boy-girl sectional doubleheader.

It was a rewarding win for B'ville head coach Dan Hyland, who helped start the varsity program in the fall of 2007. After taking their lumps during their inaugural season, the Bees have steadily improved. The Bees finished 11-6 last season, losing to the Northstars in the sectional final.

"Three years ago, the first group of guys that started this team had no idea what competitive volleyball was about," Hyland said. "But their team goal was to eventually win the sectionals.

"It didn't happen the first year. The second year we came here and lost the sectional final to CNS pretty decisively. So it's pretty nice to come back here and play them again and get the win."

CNS (11-6) put up a good fight against the Bees, the CNYCL regular season champs. Jim Coleman tossed up 25 assists and the hard-hitting tandem of Eric Munoz (eight kills) and Tyler A. Smith (nine kills) kept things close for the Northstars. But the top-seeded Bees didn't back down as they came up with big plays when needed, especially in the tight third game.

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