BY MICHAEL KELLY
BURNT HILLS — The streak lives.
Pushed to the limit, Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake survived with its Suburban Council winning streak intact Monday, weathering a frantic effort from a young Shenendehowa girls’ volleyball squad. The Spartans’ streak hit 376 with a heart-pounding 3-2 victory: 25-14, 25-27, 25-23, 23-25, 25-19.
“We wanted to go out and fight for every point we could,” said Burnt Hills senior Meghan Keyes, who produced 13 kills, 10 digs, and the game-winning hit. “This showed us a lot about ourselves. It showed us we’re tough and prepared for anything. Shen did a great job, but we were ready.”
The five-set match was the first this century in league play for Burnt Hills, which last lost within the Suburban Council in 1990.
“But we don’t play for streaks,” Burnt Hills coach Gary Bynon said. “People love to talk streaks, but we play for this team.”
After a rough first set, though, Shenendehowa took it to that team. The Lady Plainsmen, which only have one senior on their roster, went back-and-forth with Burnt Hills in the second set, and scored the game’s final three points to earn a confidence-building win.
“Burnt Hills is one of the strongest teams in the state and I expected us to compete, by all means, but when we started taking control and keeping control — at points — it felt like we could pull this out,” Shenendehowa coach Lori Kessler said. “Taking that [second] set gave my kids confidence.”
From there, Kessler said, “it was on.”