Hudson Valley Sports Report

JUST LIKE OLD TIMES

Millbrook, Spackenkill Volleyball To Vie For Title; McKenna Hits Milestone

MILLBROOK – It will be just like old times on Sunday.

Millbrook High School.

Spackenkill High School.

And a Section 9 volleyball championship at stake.

Both teams made that happen on Thursday with semifinal victories, and for the first time since 2015 the teams will play for the Section 9, Class C title at Mount St. Mary College at 3 p.m.

Spackenkill was a Class B school the last two years before dropping back down into Class C this season. Millbrook has appeared in the sectional final eight consecutive years now, including six straight victories.

The second-seeded Blazers did it by beating No. 3 Burke, 20-25, 25-19, 25-14 and 25-12.

Sam McKenna had 22 kills, two aces and seven digs, and that includes becoming the first player in Millbrook history to record 1,000 kills for her career. McKenna, who also has scored 1,000 points in basketball, needed seven kills going in.

Erin Fox had 13 kills, 14 digs and an ace. Cecilia Dignan had 33 assists, two kills, three aces and five digs, freshman Erin Weller added four aces, freshman Olivia Fried had three aces and eighth-grader Bella Darnell had four blocks.

Millbrook coach Shawn Stoliker said the first-game loss was something he hadn’t seen in all his years of coaching. It wasn’t a matter of being sluggish – exactly the opposite, in fact.

“Our adrenaline was flowing so much that it totally affected them,” he said. “We had four or five net violations because the blockers were trying to get the block, the hitters were hitting the net … it was crazy. But I wasn’t worried. If we were playing poorly it would have been a different story. I knew if they settled down and controlled the adrenalin we would be fine. Their volleyball IQ came back into play instead of trying to muscle everything.”

Top-seeded Spackenkill beat No. 5 O’Neill in three, 25-21, 25-12 and 25-16.

Julieanne McKee led the way with 18 assists, eight aces and two blocks. Maya-K Johnson added nine kills, six aces and five blocks.

“We are looking forward to Sunday. It is always a good match when we play Millbrook,” Spartans coach Cassi Diamond said.

“It’s like everybody says, you never like playing somebody three times,” Stoliker said. “We just have to go out and play.”

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