A ball hit by John Glenn's Grace Cergol ball gets past Hudson Falls defender Sophie Lebrun during Class B pool play in the State Girls Volleyball Tournament Saturday, November 21, 2015 at the Glens Falls Civic Center. Moira Hogan looks on at right. (Ed Burke / Special to The Post Star)

The Glens Falls Civic Center retained the State Girls Volleyball Tournament in a vote taken at the New York State Public High School Athletic Association’s executive committee meeting Friday in Troy.

The committee voted for the Civic Center to host the tournament from 2018 through 2020. There were also bids from the Health Sports Education Center in Brentwood (Suffolk County) and the Times Union Center in Albany. The Civic Center has hosted the state girls tournament for the past 10 years, and its current contract runs through 2017.

The Civic Center was recommended by both the girls volleyball committee and the NYSPHSAA staff. In its bid for the 2018-2020 tournaments, it had a much lower proposed facility cost than the other two venues. Its cost was $11,200, but the net cost would actually be lowered to about $6,000 between a bed tax contribution of $2,500 and six local businesses paying approximately $3,000 of the cost. The Civic Center bid also had an “other” proposed cost of $770.

The Health Sports Education Center’s cost totaled $24,164, and the Times Union Center’s cost was $42,915, with the possibility of it being lower based on sponsorships brought in by the arena. The Civic Center also had the lowest athlete lodging costs of the three, but the least available parking near the facility.

“I knew we had a very strong bid, in working together with the Civic Center, and once I saw the other two bids, I felt even better,” said Peggy Seese, director of the state tournament at the Civic Center. “We’ve had the advantage of doing it for (10) years.”

In other actions taken at Friday’s meeting:

By a vote of 14-8, the committee did not support continuing exploration of additional sections for non-public and charter schools.

Middletown High School was approved as host for the State Boys Soccer Tournament.

A motion was denied to recognize a team state champion for girls and boys swimming.

A drone policy was approved for scrimmages, regular-season and postseason competition.

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