Even though we, meaning The Journal News, don’t cover John Jay-East Fishkill, it is still Section 1. So when it gets to the postseason, any success is worth noting — especially when that includes a trip to the state semifinals. Here’s Dan Pietrafesa of The Poughkeepsie Journal, our sister paper, with the game story and video from the Patriots’ sweep of Section 4 champ Corning:
LAGRANGEVILLE — The Patriots are off to Glens Falls.
The John Jay High School volleyball team achieved its preseason goal of reaching the Class AA state Final Four by defeating Corning 25-10, 25-21, 25-19 in the state regional final at Arlington High School on Saturday.
“It’s absolutely incredible,” John Jay coach Kalah Lipinski said. “We were playing for this all season. We played a tough schedule to prepare us physically and mentally for this.
“The girls worked so hard for this. I couldn’t be happier.”
The Patriots (21-1), champions of Section 1, will have today and Monday off before returning to work on Tuesday. The team will leave Friday for Glens Falls and will compete in round-robin play on Saturday at 3 p.m., with the top-two finishers advancing to Sunday’s title match at 2 p.m.
“Words can’t describe how happy I am,” John Jay senior Megan Theiller said. “I’m so proud of our team and we’ve just come so far. We knew it was not stopping.”
In Saturday’s regional final, John Jay dominated from the start with its defense and an offense anchored by Theiller, who finished with 26 digs, 19 kills and nine service points. The Patriots scored the final four points to take the first game.
In the second game, John Jay led throughout with Corning sticking around to keep the match competitive. In the final game, Corning opened a 6-2 lead, and the teams were tied at 15-15, before the Patriots scored the final three points of the match.
Chelsea Barberan helped John Jay with 22 digs and nine points, and Madylen Barberan contributed 16 digs, 15 kills and 14 points. Courtney Barbara added seven digs, 32 assists and three points, and Kellyanne Cherry tallied 12 digs and three points.
With the regional final behind them, the Patriots will enjoy a few days before returning to practice.
“Our practices, everyone is always giving 110 percent, so that’s where all our hard work comes from. So, we’re just going to keep focusing in practice,” Theiller said.
Notes: The John Jay roster features six seniors, including Barberan, Barbara and Theiller. The other three are outside hitter Daniella Palomba, middle blocker Halley Dewey and setter Rosa Angeles. … Corning has won three straight Section 4 titles but has lost in regional play each time to the Section 1 champion.