Penfield has found ways to win boys volleyball matches in remarkable ways all year and Saturday’s state championship was no different.
In the fifth set of the final match, the Patriots found themselves down 11-6 and then 14-11, one point away from losing the Division I title to Shenendehowa.
The Patriots didn’t allow it, rattling off four straight points and ending the match on a Jett Klintworth ace to win the fifth set 19-17 and the Division I championship for the second year in the row.
Penfield held off Shenendehowa 25-18, 17-25, 25-15, 18-25, 19-17.
Penfield head coach Mike Fusare said he thought this year’s team had a chance to repeat from the beginning of the season.
“I said last year it was an 18-person effort and I knew I had some really good players on this year’s team,” Fusare said. “I felt like if everything came together they could make a run.”
Klintworth, Jordan Hildreth, Josh Coan, Joe Farruggia were on the All-Tournament team for Penfield.
In pool play earlier in the day, the Patriots defeated Eastport-South Manor in two sets and split the two-set match with Shenendehowa.
Penfield takes a lot of pride in winning the title for the Rochester area.
“We’re extremely proud to represent Section V because it’s so difficult to get out of,” said Fusare. “They felt like they were carrying the flag for the section.”
The seniors on the team had to wait until this year to see meaningful playing time. They were behind the older players in past years but Fusare said they still played a pivotal role in both championships.
“I think they learned a lot about success from last year’s team,” Fusare said. “They understood their role and made that team better. The culture in this program is about the success of the program. People aren’t worry about personal gain.”