NEW PALTZ – You have to check out the final point of Cornwall’s win over Horseheads in the first round of the Class A state volleyball tournament at New Paltz High on Wednesday.
That was some point, huh?
However, the match was dominated by Cornwall, the nine-time defending Section 9 champions. The Green Dragons put away Horseheads, a perennial Binghamton-area power, 3-0 (25-18, 25-20, 25-15).
Cornwall, perfect this season at 18-0, moves on to play Yorktown in the state quarterfinals at 1 p.m. Saturday at Arlington High in Dutchess County. The winner advances to the state semifinals on Nov. 16 in Glens Falls. Cornwall made four consecutive trips to the final four from 2008-2011.
Here is what two of the Cornwall stars of the match, Alex Jurgens and Tara Mirabile, had to say about the big win. Jurgens left the match in the first set after gashing her chin on the gym floor, but returned in the second:
Earlier in the day at New Paltz, Corning-Painted Post put away Monroe-Woodbury 3-0 (25-13, 25-13, 25-15) in the first round of the Class AA state tournament. No matter. It was still a great run by the Crusaders. Monroe-Woodbury won its first Section 9 championship since 2000.
Five years ago, the Crusaders were a five-win team. They won 15 matches this season.
We talked to Monroe-Woodbury seniors Mallory Spina and Emily Casazza after the match:
In the first round of the Class D state tournament on Wednesday, S.S. Seward lost to Shelter Island 3-1 (25-19, 25-27, 25-17, 25-18) at James I. O’Neill High in Highland Falls. The Spartans end the year 11-6.