BALLSTON SPA, N.Y. – It was election night across the country and Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake girls volleyball coach Gary Bynon was outside the Ballston Spa High School gymnasium thanking the Spartan constituents for their support.

For Bynon, Tuesday night was a far cry from the general election, it was more of a primary as Burnt Hills swept Gloversville 25-7, 25-18 and 25-8 in the Section II Class A semifinals.

The win was solid, the support has been great, but there is still work to be done and everything is earned, not given.

“It's just the outside stuff ‘I'll see you at states, I'll see you at states,'” Gary Bynon said. “That's the stuff and as a kid you hear that and those are the hard things. It's so tough to keep that focus, but this group is amazing.

“There group is about everybody on this team, they do everything for each other. You watch this team cheer as loud for one person as another, they are a dream to coach because of that.”

The Spartans simply advanced to the next round, still more than two weeks from the New York State tournament and at least one more local team stands in their way as Queensbury defeated South Glens Falls for the first time this season, 26-24, 25-19 and 25-23 in the nightcap.

“Usually you only have to go out and win a game, here you have to win three,” Bynon said.

Burnt Hills also did it without the services of sophomore outside hitter Carlie Rzeszotarski.

“Carly, she had 983 swings this fall and she's been nursing a calf that's been bothering her,” Bynon said. “I really think that these kids together, they understand this time of year and they like this time of year.

“I think the kids like those challenges, they believe in each other and they support each other.”

The Spartans opened with the early 25-7 win before struggling in the second, as the Dragons tied the contest 8-8 before Burnt Hills pulled away 15-10, added more kills for a 20-12 lead and the 25-19 final before wrapping up the third, 25-8.

“This is the semifinals, the top four teams in Class A so you know that team is coming,” Bynon said. “They're tough servers, they got a couple that hit the net, but that's the sport.

“I don't care if you're an experienced kid who's lived it and lived it, you're fired up and you haven't played in eight days and you go out and play well, there's that little bit of let up.”

With Rzeszotarski’s ailment announced last week, Bynon and the Spartans had time to adjust.

“When Carly came in it really bothered her last Wednesday, first thing I did was get into this rotation and said we are going to do this Wednesday, Friday,” Bynon said. “It helped us out.”

There weren’t many surprises on the state sheet for the Spartans, just more for Tuesday’s staff.

Sophomore middle/outside hitter Callie Chevalier finished with three kills, two blocks, a service ace and five digs on the night with senior Morgan Bohlke coming up with nine kills and five blocks for the Spartans.

“Kelly has given of herself to play middle for us this year,” Bynon said. “She has done so many great things, first or second on our team in hitting percentage, she's right there. She knows the outside, she's played there before.

“I'm just really happy for the kids to come into this situation, eight days off who knows how you are going to play?”

Junior middle blocker Sam Versocki came up with two kills, an assist, an ace and an additional five blocks for Burnt Hills and sophomore Jenna Vaughn stepped up with four kills of her own and a block Tuesday.

“Jenna is not going to biggest middle, but she's going to play hard and give you everything she's got and

Sam Versocki played a great game tonight,” Bynon said.

The familiar playoff campaign trail is not over yet for the Spartans, who advanced to their 23rd sectional final, but there are still more matched before a berth in the New York State tournament in Glens Falls Nov. 23.

“I think there are 10 or 11 kids that did not have a great day last November at the Civic Center and I think they remember that. I know I do,” Bynon said. “I think they remember that and like our practice jerseys say 'Traditional only gets you so far.'”

Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake will take on Queensbury, 7 p.m. Saturday at Saratoga Springs High School in the Class A final.

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