When a loss is a win

When life throws you a curveball, each individual copes with it differently. Some get hit hard, while others call it a night and move on.

The Baldwinsville Boys Volleyball team learned this lesson first hand last week, when they fell short in their Section III Class AA semi-final match against the Central Square Red Hawks.

It was just not our night. Unfortunately, we picked the wrong time to come out a little flat. Kudos should go to Central Square, though. They came to win, played hard, and persevered. The riveting match went five sets, 25-23, 20-25, 22-25, 25-21, 25-19. With that, our season came to an end in a disappointing loss to a team we could have beaten.

Reflecting back on the season, B'ville has no reason to hang their heads. The team finished 10-2 in Section III, placed third in a competitive tournament in Victor, and most importantly, built friendships to last a lifetime.

Our team, this year, had great chemistry. We had a saying that, "Chemistry is not just a class; it's our key to success."

Unfortunately, the team came up just a little short.

Even though this season ended much too soon, we continue to make strides in a positive direction. This fall was B'ville's fourth year with a boys' volleyball program. It has grown tremendously and continues to develop, on and off the court.

This year, Baldwinsville hosted a match against Oswego Sept. 27, in which the team donated $275 in proceeds to the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Our JV and varsity teams also traveled to Midlakes, in October, to support breast cancer awareness and Volley for a Cure.

Let's recognize and give credit to our dedicated coaches, Dan Hyland and Glenn Gesek, who have brought our program so far in such a short period of time.

As high school volleyball winds down, it is easy to remember the highs and lows of a season. Senior night against Cicero-North Syracuse was bittersweet. It was undoubtedly a night to remember, filled with passion and intensity, some of the best volleyball of the season. We took them to a fifth set and regrettably couldn't put them away.

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