Corning made quick work of Ithaca on Tuesday night, earning its third consecutive Section 4 Class AA girls volleyball title with a 25-12, 25-12, 25-14 victory over the Little Red at Southside High School.
“I thought we played really well,” Corning coach Irene Furness said.
Hailey Blencowe had nine kills and fellow senior Katie Hartman added six kills as the top-seeded Hawks won by double digits in each set, 25-12, 25-12, 25-14.
“These girls who are seniors were the first freshmen of the combined teams,” said Furness, who has six seniors on the roster. “These girls have been friends since way young and they’ve been playing a lot of volleyball together. It’s just nice to see them be successful.”
Corning (13-2) will play the Section 9 champion in the first round of New York state regionals at 3 p.m. Nov. 6 at New Paltz High School.
Second-seeded Ithaca finished with a 6-10 record, including three losses to the Hawks. The Little Red won only one set against Corning this season.
Madeline Taylor added 11 digs and four aces for Corning, with Olivia Furness contributing 19 assists and two aces.
“Their serves are excellent. They can put it where they want,” Ithaca coach Brian Stone said of Corning. “It’s really impressive to watch. They know their strengths they can go to and they’re deep. They have 10 girls who come to play and they’re all very, very talented.”
After rolling to the opening-set victory, the Hawks took quick control of the second set, building a 14-6 lead.
Ithaca had a chance to get back in the match in the third set, leading 8-7 after reeling off four straight points. But Corning responded with a 9-0 run that included three kills from Blencowe.
“My girls all season have been able to keep their composure and be able to focus on when they need to kick it in and not get into what I call the frightened frenzy of running around: ‘Oh my God, it’s tied or we’re down a point or two.’ ” Furness said.
Said Stone: “We knew we were going to have to be aggressive at the net and do a good job blocking. It didn’t work out as well as we would have liked. I thought we were aggressive, we just didn’t get enough to help us out.”