Hudson Valley Sports Report

MILLBROOK VOLLEYBALL FINDS FAMILIAR TERRITORY

Blazers Win Another Section 9 Championship

 

MILLBROOK – In the end, despite all the adversity brought on by the coronavirus pandemic, the Millbrook High School volleyball team found familiar territory.

The No 3 Blazers swept past No. 4 Chester on Tuesday, winning in three straight sets to take the Section 9, Class C title. Scores were 25-14, 25-13, 25-11.

It was the sixth straight title and eighth in the last nine years for the Millbrook program.

Millbrook finishes the year at 13-3.

“I guess coming into the season we looked at it as being thrilled at having an opportunity to play,” Blazers coach Shawn Stoliker said. “Once we got rolling, we called it the preseason for next season. That’s the way we looked at it. We wanted to use it as an opportunity to play with our lineup, put people at different positions. We have no seniors; everybody is back next year.”

Julia Stoliker had 16 kills, a pair of aces and six digs to pace the Blazers. Olivia Fried dished out 25 assists with two aces and four digs. Natalie Fox put down six kills, Bella Darnell had five kills and two aces, and Callie McGuire had seven kills and six digs.

“Our offense was on fire today,” Stoliker said. “In the three sets we had 14 kills, 12 kills and 14 kills in the three sets, so we were earning a lot of our points. Our offense was really good and that just set the tone. It was one of our cleaner, better games.”

Stoliker said it was one of the most stressful seasons, but there might be silver linings from having to play volleyball in the spring’s so-called Fall II Season.

“Our travel volleyball season actually started early this year. Ee got an opportunity to join a different organization and we’ve had the chance to get a chance to train twice a week at Gold’s since October,” he said. “We actually have four tournaments coming up. In the summertime I do plan on doing our open gyms, our camps, but they’re tired right now. Doing a spring season is a lot different than doing a fall season. In the fall, you come off a summer break, you’re excited to get back to classes, there’s very little distraction. In the spring, it’s already been a long school year with tests, prom …. there’s a whole lot of distractions but they’ll let you fly.

 

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