The Baldwinsville girls volleyball team’s bid for a second state championship in three years ended in the finals.
Section V’s Our Lady of Mercy pulled away over the final two sets to defeat the Bees in four sets in Sunday’s Class AA championship match at the Glens Falls Civic Center.
At this same venue one year ago, B’ville dropped the state championship match to another Section V opponent, Penfield, and it had spent 12 months working hard to get back to this exact point.
Against Mercy, things started well for B’ville. The Bees took a 6-2 lead and carried the advantage through the rest of the first set to beat Mercy 25-19.
The second set was a back-and-forth affair until Mercy went on an 11-2 run to build a 22-14 advantage. B’ville made a mild bid to get back in the set, but the Monarchs held on for a 25-19 victory that tied the match at one set apiece.
Things turned in Mercy’s favor in the third set. Eight consecutive points early in the set gave the Monarchs an 11-4 lead, and the Bees couldn’t get a rally going. Mercy took the third set 25-17.
The fourth set sealed B’ville’s fate. Powerful hits by Mercy’s front line kept the Bees scrambling and led to several errors. That helped the Monarchs pull away for a 25-11 victory and the state title.
Maureen Thayer registered 28 assists for the Bees, while libero Danielle Sayler saved points with her 13 digs. Lexi Lagoy put up nine kills and three blocks, while Madison Whitney had eight kills and Allegra Lee Bell managed six kills.
B’ville advanced to the state finals by finishing with a 3-3 record in round-robin play on Saturday afternoon. The Bees split their two-set matches against Ward Melville, Mercy and Clarkstown South.