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Lindenhurst advances to state Division I final

Lindenhurst's Ryan McDonough gets ready to take a

Lindenhurst's Ryan McDonough gets ready to take a shot during the NYSPHSAA State Tournament semi-final between Lindenhurst and McQuaid. (Nov. 17, 2012) Credit: Patrick E. McCarthy

GLENS FALLS, N.Y. -- There was some true midnight madness on the first day of the state Division I boys volleyball championships Saturday.

After losing three of its first four games of pool play, Lindenhurst needed to sweep Bethlehem and have McQuaid-Jesuit sweep Baldwinsville in the final round of pool play to advance to the championship match Sunday.

McQuaid-Jesuit did its part to reach the finals itself, but after beating Bethlehem 25-19 in its first game, Lindenhurst was down 17-21 in the second.

But that's when the madness kicked in, around 12:15 a.m. this morning.

Michael Comens had back-to-back kills to bring the Bulldogs within a point, and Dylan Claud's block tied it at 21. From there the teams exchanged points until a Kenny Serwan kill gave Lindenhurst a 26-25 lead, and Rob Sarneckis' spike at the net put the Bulldogs in the finals.

"It's huge," Sarneckis said. "My team picked me up all day, and for that last one I went up and swung and tried to get the kill and I did."

Lindenhurst entered the final round of pool play in last place at 1-3, behind McQuaid-Jesuit at 3-1 and Bethlehem and Baldwinsville, each at 2-2. But the Bulldogs' motto all season has been "our time," so why wouldn't the least likely scenario unfold so long as it was Lindenhurst's favor.

"We say 'our time' and we always believe in each other," Sarneckis said.

Added DeLucie: "We never give up."

Lindenhurst meets McQuaid-Jesuit for the state Division I title at 4 p.m. Sunday.

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