I was enjoying my first day off in seemingly months last night while my colleague, Debbie Schechter tracked down Haldane’s Class D state regional final win over Shelter Island. Here’s her write-up:
The Haldane volleyball team advanced to Glens Falls and the Class D state final four for the fifth straight year Saturday by sweeping Section 11’s Shelter Island 26-24, 25-21, 25-7 for the regional title at Suffolk Community College.
Haldane won a state title last year and is looking for its third state crown in four years.
“It’s never going to be old hat,” Blue Devils coach Melissa Rossano said. “The girls make it different every year. Each set of girls that you bring up there brings their unique twist to the trip there as well as throughout the season.”
For a team that has been to the final four, Saturday’s match didn’t start off well, with nerves playing a factor, according to Rossano.
“In the first two sets we were down by more than five each time,” Rossano said. “We were able to fight our way back but I think our nerves had a lot to do with that. It’s a bigger gym than we’re use to playing in. Shelter Island’s a well-put-together ballclub, they took full advantage of every mistake we made.”
Kelly Vahos had 18 kills, six digs and two blocks for the Blue Devils. Nicole Etta had eight kills, 21 assists, three aces and five digs. Brooke Vahos had 10 kills, 15 assists and seven digs.
Haldane will begin pool play in the state championships on Nov. 15 at the Glens Falls Civic Center.