SOUTH GLENS FALLS -- If they didn't receive the loudest applause before the game, seniors Kayla Barber and Lindsay Sullivan without a doubt gave the fans packed inside the South Glens Falls gym the most to cheer about during Wednesday's Foothills Council volleyball match.
On senior night, the tandem captained South High to a sweep of Hudson Falls in three games.
"All of the seniors have done a nice job of leading, but Sully and Barber as captains have worked all season on keeping the team motivated and helping to refocus when we need it," South Glens Falls head coach Jared Davis said.
Their focus was displayed from the opening serve as the Bulldogs (12-1) beat the Tigers 25-6 and followed it up with 25-12 and 25-14 wins.
With the first game tied at 2-2, Sullivan took the back line to serve. With her serving, the Bulldogs reeled off 11 straight points, including three aces.
Barber helped out during the run with three of her 14 kills.
"I really just focus on the ball and try to pick spots on the court. Just keeping an eye on it basically," Sullivan said.
After one bad hit turned the ball back over to Hudson Falls (2-11), South High immediately took back the serve. This time it was Barber's turn.
The senior reeled off five more points. In a matter of minutes a tied game transformed into a 20-3 Bulldogs' advantage, led by Barber and Sullivan.
"We were connecting really good. Our passing was going to our setter and once we do that, we can almost always get a kill," Barber said. "Everything just flows better when we all work together, and tonight we just all connected."
After a second-game victory, the third played out much like the first. The lone exception was the score before the Barber-Sullivan
express took over.
The Bulldogs held an 11-10 lead when Sullivan returned to the back line. When the Tigers finally regained possession it was 19-10.
After two Hudson Falls points, South High responded with two more from Barber on the back line.
"Sully's a great server. What I like about our team is that we have everybody that can serve and they serve well and they serve differently," Davis said. "It's hard for a team to adjust from one person to the next because we don't all serve the same way."
Sullivan finished with a team-high six aces. Barber finished with three aces with fellow seniors Kristen Matuszak and Caitlin Herren picking up two and one respectively.
When Sullivan wasn't serving she was recording assists, finishing with 26. With everything clicking, the South High offense worked as a well-oiled machine, which at times overwhelmed a young Hudson Falls squad.
"To get hammered all year and to come down to the wire and to be playing so many teams in the Foothills Council who are bigger, stronger, at the moment," Hudson Falls head coach Lisa Catalfamo said. "It was tough, but big picture, I think we're heading in the right direction."
The same belief lies on the Bulldogs' sideline, but the future they're focusing on lies within the next couple of weeks.
"I think we're all peaking at the same time which is good for us as we get to sectionals," Sullivan said. "I think it looks good for us."