Too many matches keeps volleyball team from playoffs


A local high school volleyball team is undefeated, but instead of competing for a championship, they’re sitting at home.

Sectionals for girls volleyball kicked off Wednesday night, but one team is noticeably missing. A technicality cost the Lake George team a chance at winning it all.

“This is a year-round sport for a lot of these girls.”

But their perfect season was dashed by a rule that’s at least 30 years old.

Lake George completed its season 21-0, but the last win cost them a chance to compete in sectionals. In New York, high school volleyball teams are only allowed to play 20 games in a season.

“What happened to Lake George is extremely unfortunate.”

“It’s disappointing because as coaches we know how many we can play.”

NEWS10 ABC reached out to the New York State Public High School Athletic Association. Executive Director Robert Zayas said they’d rather not get involved because they are the umbrella organization. Enforcement of the rules comes from Section II, a branch of the organization.

Section II and Lake George were unavailable to comment. But because sectionals have already begun, the ruling preventing the team to play is final.

“I feel really bad for those seniors because they were a phenomenal – they are a phenomenal team.”

Zayas said it happens to at least one team every year.

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