Class AA: Suffern vs. Pine Bush (Section 9) at SUNY Ulster, 3 p.m.
The name Pine Bush should sound familiar to Section 1 fans. The Lady Bushmen have dominated the Section 9 circuit for more than a decade, with section title wins from 2001-2012, and now another in 2014.
Pine Bush was swept by Suffern at regionals in 2011, then beaten in four by Clarkstown South the following year. The Bushmen boast a roster that contains 14 girls, with only two seniors. They are tall — very tall. Going off last year’s roster, which means you can probably add an inch or two to these heights, the Bushmen have four girls standing at least 5-foot-10, including sophomore Kate Cain, who was 6-foot-4 last year.
Fortunately, the Mounties have a good amount of height on their end, as well. Setter Julia Hrycyk is approximately 6-foot-2 and senior hitters Sam Uline and Taylor Cimillo are both around 6-feet tall, so the Mounties should size up well with the Lady Bushmen.
I found video of the team’s Section 9 title win, which I’ve embedded below. The good news is that you get over two minutes of action footage; the bad news is that it is from far away. Hey, something is better than nothing. Pine Bush is on the right-hand side of your screen, for those watching.
And, for a little #ThrowbackThursday, here’s video of Clarkstown South’s regional final win over Pine Bush:
Just from watching how the team moves, it looks like junior Sarah Smith strikes the ball the best. She’s listed as an outside hitter on the team’s MaxPreps page. Cain could be a hassle at the net, but I think Hrycyk’s setting will work wonders in getting around the big block.
I would think that Suffern is capable of sweeping Pine Bush, but even if it doesn’t I still feel that this should be a somewhat easy win for Suffern. I’ve attached some links to game stories on Pine Bush, if it helps any.
Class C: Dobbs Ferry vs. Spackenkill (Section 9) at SUNY Ulster, 5 p.m.
My Internet went out and did not get fixed until around midnight, so I will post my Class C scouting report Thursday morning.