CROTON-ON-HUDSON – On Saturday, Haldane won its 12th consecutive Section 1 Class D championship at Croton-Harmon High School while being coached by Melissa Rossano.
On Tuesday, Haldane won its Class D state regional semifinal over Section 9 representative S.S. Seward, 25-9, 25-9, 25-12, at Croton-Harmon while being coached by Ashley Anderson.
The Haldane assistant filled in for Rossano, who gave birth to her son, Ryan, on Sunday. Anderson, who has been an assistant with the team through three state championships (2007, 2011, 2013), said both mother and child are doing well.
“He’s seven pounds, 11 ounces, 19 inches — they came home (Tuesday),” Anderson said. “Don’t be surprised if she’s back tomorrow.”
Haldane will play Section 11 champion Shelter Island for the regional title Saturday at Suffolk Community College at 4 p.m.
All joking aside, when asked if Rossano would be on the sidelines Saturday, Anderson replied, “I’m sure she’ll be there.”
If history is any indicator, Rossano will coach. Two years ago, she gave birth to her daughter Alexandra on Nov. 5, then coached the section final three days later.
As for the Blue Devils, they quickly disposed of Seward, taking well under an hour to complete the sweep. Anderson worked the ball around to several players, rather than feeding it through 6-foot-2 James Madison-commit Kelly Vahos, who still finished with a match-high 15 kills.
Haldane’s serving did a majority of the damage, with the team registering 18 aces — half of which came off the hot hands of junior Marissa DiPalo. Anderson said that DiPalo has been more relaxed this postseason, which has led to her stellar serving.
“We were actually spot-serving (on Tuesday), so we worked on that a lot (in practice),” said DiPalo, who’s ready for Shelter Island on Saturday. “We’ve played them before, so we know what to expect. But we’re not going too cocky. We’re going to stay proud of ourselves.”
The Haldane volleyball team celebrate their sweep over S.S. Seward Nov. 4, 2014 in the NYSPHSAA regional semifinal at Croton High School.
Suffern 3, Corning 0: In a Class AA state regional semifinal at Corning Community College, Julia Hrycyk had three aces, 24 assists and six blocks in a 25-19, 25-16, 25-20 win. Sam Uline and Taylor Cimillo added 13 and 10 kills, respectively, for the Mounties, who will face Pine Bush in the region final Thursday at 3 p.m. at SUNY Ulster.
Dobbs Ferry 3, Windsor 0: In a Class C state regional semifinal at SUNY Oneonta, Emily Dea-Jue had 13 kills in a 25-20, 25-20, 25-19 win. Alexis Demitrovic added eight kills for the Eagles, who will face Spackenkill in the regional final Thursday at 5 p.m. at SUNY Ulster.