Baldwinsville’s girls volleyball team celebrates winning the state Class AA championship Sunday in Glens Falls Civic Center. The Bees defeated Rochester Mercy in four sets, avenging a defeat to the Saints in the 2012 title match.
Then, just to be sure, the Bees, in front 21-18, earned four of the last five points, and when match point fell, the celebration of a state championship was underway.
Lexi Lagoy was named the tournament MVP, as against Mercy she put up seven kills, four aces and two blocks. Madison Whitney led the front line with 16 kills, adding five digs, while Meghann Smith finished with 35 assists. Whitney and Smith were both All-Tournament selections.
All of this was set up by B’ville’s performance in Saturday’s round-robin play. The Bees joined Mercy, John Jay-East Fishkill (Section I) and Massapequa (Section VIII) as the four sides would play six sets apiece, with the top two records advancing to the finals.
First, the Bees faced Massapequa. Against the Long Island champions, B’ville dominated the first set 25-14, but saw the Chiefs put up a decent fight in the second set, extending it beyond the wire before the Bees took it 27-25 to gain an early 2-0 edge in the bracket.
Then came B’ville’s first showdown with Mercy. Despite leading much of that set, and as late as 21-20, the Bees could not hang on as the Monarchs took that opener 26-24.
However, in the second set B’ville went back in front, and this time didn’t let go, prevailing 25-21 to salvage a split. Still, the Bees had to win both of its sets against John Jay-East Fishkill in order to secure a spot in the finals.
The first set against the Patriots proved crucial. JJ-EF went out in front and still had a 17-14 edge before B’ville took over in the latter stages and prevailed, 25-22. That seemed to boost the Bees’ confidence, as it dominated the second set against JJ-EF 25-12.
By doing so, the Bees earned yet another encounter with Mercy with the state title on the line – and it turned out a lot better in 2013 than it did in 2012.