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03:28:19 am

Previews for Class AA, A and B Regional Semifinals!

CLASS AASuffern (17-3) will face Pine Bush (17-1) of Section 9 in the early game at 11:00 a.m. Suffern finally shook off Arlington in the Section 1 championship after two consecutive losses and breezed past Corning Free Academy in the Regional quarterfinals, but they will really need to step it up against Pine Bush. The 11-time defending Class AA Section 9 champions return a lot of young players from last year's roster and have the past experience to do some damage. 

CLASS A: Harrison (21-1) was obviously a powerhouse during the regular season, despite a "marshmellow" schedule (just kidding), and proved that they can hang with the big boys (or should I say, girls?) in the Sectional tournament. But perhaps the Huskies biggest accomplishment (and shocker) was their win against Horseheads in the Regional quarterfinals. The fun thing about the Regionals is we start to run into a virtual venn diagram of teams. Horseheads defeated Pine Bush in the Regional semifinals last season, and Corning Free Academy in the Regional quarterfinals (both teams Suffern had/will have to deal with). Horseheads lost to Owego Free Academy (Pelham's opponent - see below) and has always had the reputation of a perennial powerhouse in the State. Harrison will be out for redemption against Cornwall Central (17-0; 40-3 overall), who eliminated them last year. After a 29-0 overall season last year, the Dragons have returned with another undefeated squad during the regular season, having not lost a single set. The Dragons hit the tournament market hard in 2011, including a lot of teams in the Hudson Valley. Croton-Harmon, North Rockland and Pelham have seen them in playoff play, and Suffern and Panas have seen them twice. Area teams have not faired well against the Dragons, going 1-4-2, including four shutouts. Pelham was the only area team to defeat them, while Suffern and Panas both posted ties. These two will meet at 12:20 p.m.

CLASS B: Pelham (19-1) has been arguably the best area team, in any Class all season, but they are at a slight disadvantage going into Saturday. Red Hook (16-3) will basically have home court advantage, with Bard being the neighboring college in the area. So while I know that Pelham is the real deal, and that I really don't know much about Red Hook, at this level, the comfort of home court can really be a factor. Pelham has a great fan base of it's own, so I expect a lot of Pelican fans to be in the stands. They will have to do their best to off-set the chatter of Red Hook's fans. Either way, the Pelicans should be fine. The match is currently scheduled for 2:00 p.m.

Since I will not be covering the Class A game, I will be trying to sort out how the State tournament works, as well as the future schedules for all of our Section 1 teams! Best of luck to all our ladies!!

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