Lady Patriots volleyball advance to Class B semi-finals

Sydney Rogers and Madison Fariello teamed up to record 38 service points helping the Broadalbin-Perth Lady Patriots varsity volleyball team defeat Emma Willard in the quarterfinals of the New York State Public High School Athletic Association (NYSPHSAA) Section 2 Class B volleyball tournament Friday night at Broadalbin-Perth High School. The Lady Patriots won in three games 25-6, 25-5, 25-10.

“I thought we served pretty well tonight,” Broadalbin-Perth coach Mike Calvello said. “Our serving didn’t give them a chance to run an offense.”

Broadalbin-Perth got off to a good start in the first game. Eliana Frasier’s serve resulted in five points before Emma Willard got on the board. A point off serve by Intisar Kemoun was one of only nine points recorded from the line by the number seven seed from Troy. Fariello continued the serving success for the second seed Lady Patriots with the first five of her 18 points for the match. A kill by Katie Bennorth ended the run with BPHS up 11-3. Emiko Sasso’s kill gave Kat Coyle a point off her serve and cut the lead to 11-4, but the Lady Patriots front line proved to be more formidable and when Cassy Bown smacked one of her four kills for the game, the Lady Patriots got the serve back and gave Lily Mitchell a chance to put three more points on the board for a 15-4 BPHS lead. Bown, Frasier, Sydney Rogers, Tesa Brody, and Adrienne Morreale all contributed at least one kill in the opening set. Bown served up six points along with two aces stretching the lead to 22-5 before Rogers closed it out with the first two of her game high 20 points from serve. Everything was working for the Lady Patriots.

“Everybody played a well rounded game,” Coach Calvello said. “Our movement was good.”

The Lady Patriots level of concentration was efficient particularly from Fariello and Sydney Rogers at the line as both were accurate in placing their serves on the court and often spread it around giving Emma Willard little chance to prepare an effective return. Fariello led off game two with 14 points from serve leaving little doubt as to the outcome as BPHS coasted to a 25-5 win. Rogers closed out the second game scoring the last four points from the stripe.

The third game was more of the same with Fariello starting a five point run, and a well focused Rogers igniting a 14 point outburst to put BPHS up 23-4 before Emma Willard managed a brief rally behind the serve of Angelita Ferritto, who led her team with three service points. An unforced error ended the match sending Broadalbin-Perth into the Class B semi- finals.

“We had good focus,” Coach Calvello said. “I was really happy with how we played. The girls had to execute and they did tonight.”

Sydney Rogers had an good all around game adding eight digs, two kills, and a pair of aces to her point total. Fariello had three kills, five aces, and one block to accent her game. Bown had a match high eight kills along with three blocks. and six service points. Frasier provided balance with ten points, five kills and a pair of aces. Brody and Morreale each contributed four kills, Lily Mitchell scored seven points including an ace, and had 12 assists, and Kayla Weaver added six assists for Broadalbin- Perth (12-2). The match also featured the varsity debut of Allie Spagnola and Sofia Rogers, who were called up from the BPHS junior varsity for sectionals.

The Lady Patriots advance to take on the winner of the match between the sixth seed Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk and third seed Holy Names Academy. The semi-finals will be held on Wednesday, November 1 at Vorheesville High School.

“We know Holy Names is a pretty good team,” Coach Calvello said. “They have a couple of girls in the middle that give them some height. It won’t be like tonight’s match. We will have to work.”

The semi-final winners will meet at Saratoga Springs High School on Friday, November 3 for the Section 2 Class B championship. A victory by the Lady Patriots could set up a rematch with Class B top seed Hudson Falls. The Foothills Council rival Lady Tigers defeated Broadalbin-Perth in four games back on October 6, at Broadalbin- Perth High School, one of only two losses for the Lady Patriots this season.

Calvello nearing coaching milestone

Friday night’s victory was coaching win number 399 for Lady Patriots coach Mike Calvello. The long time leader of the BPHS volleyball team has guided them to multiple NYSPHSAA sectional titles, and a pair of appearances at the state championships in 2014 and 2015, with the 2014 squad reaching the Class C final. Only three players remain from the 2015 team including Olivia Casey, Cassy Bown, and Madison Fariello. A win on Wednesday would be number 400, and send the Lady Patriots to another sectional championship match.

Scott Mulford

Scott Mulford has been covering local sports for over 20 years. He previously wrote for the Amsterdam Star and The Free Press of the Mohawk Valley.