SARATOGA SPRINGS — The defending NYSPHSAA Class A girls’ volleyball champion Burn Hills-Bolston Lake Spartans showed they are on course to set a state record in a 19th-straight final four appearance at the state tournament.
On Saturday, the Spartans entered their 19th straight Section II championship with a 25-6, 25-15, 25-4 sweep of Foothills Council champion Queensbury.
The Spartans won the 2019 Class A State Championship. No Section II or state tournament volleyball games were held during the 2020-21 school year due to restrictions related to the coronavirus pandemic.
Burn Hills will face the winner of the regional semi-final between Section III Champion Fulton and Section X Champion Massena in the Regional Finals at 5 p.m. Friday at Gloversville High School.
Senior outside hitter Kelly Chevalier led the Spartans with 18 kills and 17 digs, while Carly Rzzotarski joined Daniel Debonis for 17 kills and 13 digs to go with a 32-assist, 15-dig game.
“Six Girls” [from the 2019 state championship team] are still here and have played key roles in the team,” said Burnt Hills-Bolston Lakes coach Gary Byn. “We bring back Carly” [Rzeszotarski] And she was the MVP of the states as a sophomore and Callie [Chevalier]. They are a pair of outside hitters.”
At the start of the season, Byn scored his 800th career coaching victory, while guiding the team to a 20–0 record in the spring and 16–0 in the suburban council this season.
Bayan was quick to credit for Queensbury’s season, posting an undefeated Foothills Council record and reaching the Class A final.
“It just goes to show that [coach] tyler [Carey] doing in Queensbury,” he said. “Game one was what he was. In game two they were still battling. Credit to him and his schedule and the work he did there. They are here in the finals and it’s a big deal, he is there. The work they do is amazing.
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