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Freshman Enist withdraws Shendehowa girls’ volleyball to Section II Class AA Finals

Stillwater – Reagan Enist didn’t make her best start against Bolston Spa in Wednesday evening’s Section II Class AA girls’ volleyball semi-final, but a quick adjustment between the first and second sets put the Shendehowa freshman on the right track outside the hitter.

“Whenever we mess up, we are taught to always fix it, get rid of mistakes, and move on,” Enist said. “When I came off the court after the first set, my coach told me, ‘Focus. You’re good. You made a few mistakes, you’ll make it back.'”

Enist quickly bolstered her confidence early in the second set, hitting three straight home kills to help Shenandoahova get an early lead, and Vieri Freshman and her teammates only got better from there.

Enist finished with a match-high 14 kills, and top seed Shenendhova entered Friday’s championship game with a 25-15, 25-12, 25-5 victory at Stillwater High School.

Shenandoah’s coach Lori Kessler said of Enist, “She has improved a lot this season.” “I would say she is reaching the pinnacle as a player at the right time.”

For the Shenandoahova team, which won nine straight field titles from 2010 to 2018 before upset with Niscuna in the 2019 final, Wednesday’s victory represents a long-awaited moment. With no Section II volleyball tournament in the 2020-21 school year due to restrictions related to the novel coronavirus pandemic, coach Lori Kessler’s squad has waited two years for a shot at redemption.

“We’ve actually talked a lot about getting back to this point, coming back to the sectional championship,” Kessler said. “We’ve called this our ‘comeback season,’ so that’s what we’re expecting.”

Enist was a seventh-grader at the time of that 2019 loss, and when it will be her first time competing for a field championship, the freshman is well aware of how important the achievement is for a program accustomed to sitting in a Section II class . AA Girls’ Volleyball Scenario.

“Since the start of the season, we’ve been pushing to get it to this point,” Enist said. “We’ve all been saying that we want to pull this off this season. It’s the inspiration and the drive that created it.”

Shenendhova (17–6 on aggregate) found her footing in the middle of the first set against the team at Ballston Spa (No. 5, 9–7) with a five-set victory over fourth-seeded Saratoga Springs in the quarterfinals. was coming .

Both teams were tied 8-8 in the first set, but Shenandoahova scored 8-0 – the last seven points coming with Kasia Barreta at the service line – to open things up. The plainsmen did not hold back for the rest of the match.

“We struggled a bit at the beginning of the first set,” Anist said, “but I felt like we came together and made a comeback.”

In addition to Enist, many young players promoted Shenendehova’s victories. Sophomore Libero Balletta had 15 digs and a team-high 13 service points, while sophomore middle blocker Grace Almeida was a force at the net with eight kills and six blocks. Junior setter Emma Palivodzinski distributed 29 assists.

“Once we settled in,” Kessler said, “we did our job and felt a lot more comfortable.”

Colombia moves on

2 seed Columbia, 25-18, 25-19, 25-20, will take on No. 3 Colony in the second semi-final at Stillwater on Wednesday for Shenandoah’s rivals Friday’s championship match.

Leah Phillips made 10 kills and Erica Silliman made 27 assists for Colombia (19-3).

Shenendhova 3, Ballston Spa 0

Set scores: 25-15, 25-12, 25-5. Ballston Spa highlights: Bozho, 13 assists, 3 digs; Lyon, 5 Digs, 1 Block; Robbie, 4 kills, 3 digs, 1 block. Shenendehova Highlights: Ray. Enist, 14 kills, 3 blocks, 5 digs; Barletta, 13 service points, 4 aces, 15 digs; Paliodzinsky, 29 assisted; Alemida, 8 kills, 6 blocks; Ray. Enist, 16 Digs.

Columbia 3, Colony 0

Set scores: 25-18, 25-19, 25-20. Colony Highlights: Not reported. Colombia Highlights: Phillips, 10 kills, 3 blox; Silliman, 27 assists, 4 kills, 12 digs, 3 blocks; Parry, 7 kills, 9 digs.

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