Class B final: Ardsley vs. Goshen (Section 9) at SUNY Ulster, 3 p.m.
I knew that Owego would be Ardsley’s biggest test, and the Panthers pulled through — even with 15 uncharacteristic serving errors. I think Goshen is going to be a far easier task for coach Dave Ponterio’s squad, but no team at this stage should be taken lightly.
A Section 9 representative told me before the Suffern match on Thursday that Class B is the section’s weakest class, in his opinion, and that, depending on how good Ardsley was, it should likely win. We know, and now Owego knows, that Ardsley is extremely talented.
Goshen (16-3) has a lengthy roster — more than half of which are seniors — with almost of all players standing at 5-foot-7 or taller. The Gladiators boast middles at 6-foot-1 and 5-foot-11.
The only bit of video I could find on short notice was this 43-second clip from its section final win over Rondout. It’s not much, but it’s something.
I think Ardsley’s up-tempo style of offense, coupled with its overwhelming firepower, will be too much for Goshen. If this match is close, it will likely be in the first set. If Ardsley comes out a little sluggish and/or Goshen comes out guns blazing, maybe the Gladiators take a game.
Realistically, I’m predicting an Ardsley sweep into Glens Falls.
Class A: John Jay vs. Cornwall (Section 9) at SUNY Ulster, 5 p.m.
The Dragons lost standout setter Alexandria Jurgens, who was instrumental in the team’s win over Yorktown last year, to graduation, but coach Jeffrey Moulton always fields a strong team — as evidenced by 10 consecutive section titles — and he’s constantly out scouting other teams.
Cornwall only has three seniors on the team, so Section 9 should probably just send No. 11 to Moulton’s house now and save some of the trouble.
If you want to play the, “Who beat whom” game, Suffern beat Cornwall in four games this year and, as many of you already know, John Jay beat Suffern in five. The Indians — who returned most of its squad from last year — swept Cornwall in the Millbrook tournament, so many of them will have an idea of what the Dragons will look like.
I couldn’t find video of Cornwall offhand, but here’s a link to the game story of its win over Wallkill.
This match is going to feature some exceptional volleyball, regardless of who wins. Cornwall has the postseason experience, but John Jay is extremely talented and battle-tested this year.
I said that John Jay would win this one in four games; one coach told me Cornwall wins it. Since this is my blog (cue evil laugh), I’m sticking with John Jay. My instincts have been dead-on-balls accurate this postseason, so why ignore them now?
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Volleyball photo credit: Peter Carr/The Journal News