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Kings Park girls battle hard before falling in state round-robin

Kings Park's Joelle Goldstein bumps the ball against

Kings Park's Joelle Goldstein bumps the ball against Pittsford Sutherland. (Nov. 16, 2013) Credit: Hans Pennink

GLENS FALLS, N.Y. -- When they were clicking yesterday at the Glens Falls Civic Center, the Kings Park girls volleyball team looked like world beaters. The play of its three captains, Kendall Corcoran, Joelle Goldstein and Amanda Gannon, were on display in flashes.

The combination of a Goldstein dig, followed by a Corcoran pass and a smashing kill by Gannon was what made Kings Park so lethal during the regular season. Unfortunately for the Kingsmen, it didn't happen consistently enough in pool play of the state Class A championship as Kings Park finished 2-4 and ended its season as the third- best team in the state for the third year in a row.

"[The team has won] three Suffolk County and Long Island championships which is tough to do in itself," coach Liz Manly said. "We still have so much to be proud of."

Kings Park started slowly, dropping its first pool play game, 25-16, to Pittsford. The Kingsmen battled in the second game against the same team and overcame a 20-18 deficit before falling, 28-26.

Pittsford finished pool play a perfect 6-0 and will play defending champion Burnt Hills in the Class A final Sunday at 10 a.m.

Kings Park showed just how dynamic it could be in picking up its first pool play win with a 25-8 victory over Cornwall. The skill of Corcoran, Goldstein and Gannon was on full display in that game.

"We really played well in that one game but overall today we didn't play like we did the whole season," Manly said. "You have to play your best when you come to play against the best and we didn't do that."

A 25-22 defeat in the second game against Cornwall left Kings Park knowing it would need to sweep Burnt Hills to force a tiebreaker.

The Kingsmen dropped the first game, 19-25, before rallying to win the second game, 25-14.

It wasn't the finish that Kings Park had hoped for at the beginning of the season but three straight state championship appearances has put the program among the elite in New York.

"Unfortunately we fell short again this year," Manly said. "But they've taken this program so far from where it was and they've set high expectations for the future of the program and left a good name for themselves."

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