2018 NYSPHSAA Girls Volleyball Championship Preview

Author: Ashley Vanderwall, Intern

Girls Volleyball Returning to Glens Falls for NYSPHSAA State Tournament


The New York State Public High School Athletic Association (NYSPHSAA) Girls Volleyball Championships will be taking place on November 17th and 18th at the Cool Insuring Arena in Glens Falls, NY for the 13thconsecutive year. Saturday features pool play for all five classes in both a morning wave and an afternoon wave for all 20 participating teams. The five finals begin on Sunday at 10:00 a.m. 


The morning wave is as follows for Saturday:

7:45am- Opening Ceremonies

8:30am-Pool Play Begins (Class AA on Court 1, Class A on Court 3, Class C on Court 2)

Class A- Pine Bush (9) vs Victor (5), Class C- Owego (4) vs Westhill (3), Class A-Bainbridge-Guilford (4) vs Mayfield (2)

9:30am- Class AA- Shenendehowa (2) vs Long Beach (8), Class C- Broadalbin Perth (2) vs Bayport Blue Point (11), Class A- Panama (6) vs Mount Academy (9)

ASAP- Class AA- Pine Bush (9) vs Long Beach (8), Class C- Owego (4) vs Bayport Blue Point (11), Class A- Bainbridge-Guildford (4) vs Mount Academy (9)

ASAP- Class AA- Shenendehowa (2) vs Victor (5), Class C- Broadalbin Perth (2) vs Westhill (3), Class A- Panama (6) vs Mayfield (2)

ASAP-Class AA- Pine Bush (9) vs Shenendehowa (2), Class C- Owego (4) vs Broadalbin Perth (2), Class A-Bainbridge-Guildford (4) vs Panama (6)

ASAP- Class AA-Long Beach (8) vs Victor (5), Class C- Bayport Blue Point (11) vs Westhill (3), Class A-Mount Academy (9) vs Mayfield (2)


The Afternoon wave for Saturday is as follows:

2:15- Opening Ceremonies

3:00- Pool Play begins (Class B on Court 1 and Class D on Court 3)

Class B- Cornwall (9) vs Niagara Wheatfield (6) Class D- Mattituck (11) vs Portville (6)

ASAP-Class B- Cornwall (9) vs Wantagh (8) Class D- Milbrook (9) vs Voorheesville (2)

ASAP- Class B-Niagara Wheatfield (6) vs Burnt Hills (2), Class D-Milbrook (9) vs Mattituck (11)

ASAP- Class B Wantagh (8) vs Niagara Wheatfield (6), Class D- Milbrook (9) vs Portville (6)


On Sunday, November 18 Class D finals will be at 10:00am, Class AA and B at 12:00pm and Class A and C will play at 2:00pm.


 Returning from last year’s state tournament is Shenendehowa (2) who lost in the Class AA finals. Owego (IV) and Bainbridge-Guilford (IV) from Class B and D hope to defend their title after winning the state tournament last year. Milbrook from Class C is also returning, hoping for redemption after losing in the finals last year to Portville (VI).

“I believe the venue is a highlight because of the stadium seating. The athletes feel like they are competing on the " big stage," said Girls Volleyball Coordinator, Peggy Seese. “When teams walk into the venue it has a presence that is pretty spectacular.  These athletes are competing at the highest level of their high school career.” 

Cool Insuring Arena seats 4,800 and has hosted numerous high school events for decades including the NYSPHSAA Boys Basketball State Tournament from 1981 -2016.

“Participants and spectators can expect a welcoming community,” said Peggy Seese. “Athletes do not need to worry about anything other than playing their best.  We have an opening banquet so teams get to hear a little about the schools and communities that represent this tournament.  Fans are in walking distance to dining and coffee bars. Everyone can expect to see some exceptional volleyball and the atmosphere is electric.”