B'ville broke out of a 4-4 tie in the first game by going on an 8-1 run, the first of many big spurts that included a 6-0 streak near the end of a comfortable 25-14 decision. Only in the second game did any real danger pop up, as Liverpool took a 6-3 lead, only to have the Bees reel off seven straight points on Walser's serve to move in front for good and eventually prevail 25-18.
The third game mirrored the first, with an early 4-4 deadlock, followed by a B'ville breakout when, up 11-8, it reeled off 10 of the next 11 points, closing out the match - and the sectional championship - with a 25-12 romp.
Now the Bees moved on to face the Section II champions (Bethlehem or Shenendehowa) Saturday at Union College in Schenectady, where it pulled off another sweep, beating the Plainswomen 25-9, 25-6, 25-11. Hamm had 10 kills, with Klaben adding three kills and Stewart recording 26 assists.
So B'ville is back in Glens Falls for the state championships, participating in a round robin with Horseheads, Webster Schroeder, Arlington and Lindenhurst on Saturday, the two survivors advancing to Sunday's championship match.
Cerqua said this team could take that final step to the top.
"We have been close before," she said. "But if they can continue what they've been doing on the defensive side, they can win any championship."