Mount Academy triumphs in re­gional

Ea­gles sweep Tuck­a­hoe to earn berth in state fi­nal four

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - SPORTS - Free­man staff

Mount Academy’s first-year vol­ley­ball pro­gram is headed to the state fi­nal four.

The (16-2) Ea­gles earned their berth Fri­day night with a 25-11, 25-8, 25-6 vic­tory over Sec­tion 1 cham­pion Tuck­a­hoe in a Class D re­gional fi­nal.

“I’m very happy for the team. Ev­ery­body did a great job,” Ea­gles coach Sandy Man­cuso-Lopez said.

Mount Academy will be head­ing to the Glens Falls Civic Cen­ter next week­end for the New York State Pub­lic High School Ath­letic As­so­ci­a­tion tour­na­ment. Semi­fi­nal pool play is sched­uled to start 8:30 a.m. Satur­day, Nov. 17. The top two ad­vance to the cham­pi­onship match 10 a.m. Sun­day, Nov. 18.

Cayla Boller (17 kills, two digs, five ser­vice points with one ace) and Vera Ti­etze (10 kills, two blocks, one block) led the Ea­gles at the net. Adela Blough quar­ter-

backed the team, dis­tribut­ing 30 as­sists while also hav­ing six digs and 14 ser­vice points with three aces.

Mount Academy had 15 aces over­all, in­clud­ing six from Sky­lar Arnold and four by Kait­lyn Arnold, who com­bined for 20 ser­vice points.

Kait­lyn Arnold also had four kills, two as­sists and two digs, while Sky­lar Arnold had two kills and six digs. Sharon Hofer (eight digs, 10 points with one ace)

also had a big match. Maura Maen­del (four kills, two digs) and Bri­anne Moore (two digs, three points) also con­trib­uted.

“This is great. Con­sid­er­ing, at the be­gin­ning of the sea­son, we didn’t know if we were go­ing to be a ju­nior var­sity or var­sity,” Lopez said. “Things de­vel­oped. I saw that we had an of­fense.”

Play­ing against mostly larger schools all sea­son, Lopez was op­ti­mistic about her squad.

“I saw the pos­si­bil­i­ties,” she said. “See­ing them hang with those teams, it was en­cour­ag­ing.”

PHOTO PRO­VIDED

Mount Academy play­ers pose with tro­phy af­ter their state quar­ter­fi­nal vic­tory on Fri­day.

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