Both Mercy and Pittsford Sutherland advanced to the state finals in Class AA and Class A respectively after Saturday's pool play round at the state volleyball tournament at the Glens Falls Civic Center.
Mercy went 5-1 in pool play to advance to the final, where it fill face Section III's Baldwinsville. The Knights finished 4-2 to advance to Sunday's final against Section II's Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake, the defending Class A state champion.
"There will be no surprises," said Mercy coach CJ Denk, whose team lost in last year's Class A state championship before jumping up to AA this season.
"There's not much you can tell them at this point. Seven seniors have been there before, and win or lose you're playing your last match."
Mercy 25-25, Clarkstown South-I 10-14: Ashley Fallone notched six kills with three blocks and Madi Wickens had 14 assists for the Monarchs.
Mercy 25-25, Baldwinsville-III 27-22: Terese Cannon recorded 11 kills and eight digs and Annie Stoklosa added 13 digs for Mercy.
Mercy 25-25, Ward Melville-XI 23-21: Cannon finished with 13 kills and Gabby Vetere had eight kills for Mercy.
Pittsford Sutherland 25-19, Kings Park-XI 19-25; Sutherland 25-28, Burnt Hills-Balston Lake-II 18-30; Sutherland 25-25, Walter Panas-I 17-15: Freshman libero Aliah Bowllan led the Knights, the 2010 state champs, with 48 total digs and seven aces.
Luisa Schirmer added 43 kills and Taylor Kells had 27 kills for Sutherland.
Freshman setter Andrea Allen added 71 assists for Sutherland.
"I thought we played extremely well, after losing a heartbreaker to Burnt Hills," said Sutherland coach Matt Glover. "We had multiple game points to close it out but we couldn't.
"Somehow we found a way to get it done though."
Jamesville-DeWitt-III 1, Brighton 0
Jessica Holmes scored in the 18th minute off a shot that hit off the inside left post to lead J-D.
Stephanie Ingalls stopped six shots for Brighton (12-4-5) after advancing the furthest in school history.
The Barons had a chance to win in the last five minutes when a Clare McKenna shot was stopped by a Jamesville-DeWitt defender as it approached the goal line.
"I told them I was proud of them that we made history in Brighton and we changed the culture in the Brighton girls soccer program and put us on the map," said Brighton coach Rita Kladstrup.
Keshequa 3, Sauquoit Valley-III 1 (2OT)
Juniors Shannon Gordinier and Haley Russell each scored in overtime to power the Indians (21-0-1).
Pittsford Sutherland 2, Miller Place-XI 0
Junior Christine Molinari scored with 6:56 left in first half off an assist from Amy Fasel to give Sutherland a 1-0 lead.
With 2:47 to play, Molinari scored again on a Camerann Smith assist.
Molinari was the starting goalie last season.
"She's really a team player and is willing to do whatever it takes to help her team win," coach Laura Davis said. "I think her experience as a goalie has really helped her."
The Knights will face defending champ Lakeland-I in the final.
Emmalie Drake made four saves for the shutout.