Charlotte Macken, who plays the defensive position libero for Shenendehowa, makes a dig against Troy Tuesday.

Libero an important position in volleyball

By Michael Kelly The dream was to be the one slamming the ball over the net. At the very least, to be the player setting up those hits. It didn’t take Charlotte Macken, now a junior on the Shenendehowa girls’…

Brendan Spulnick of Shenendehowa spikes the ball as Jim Cesare of Niskayuna defends during Wednesday’s Suburban Council match at Shen.

Boys’ volleyball: Shen sweeps Niskayuna

By Michael Kelly CLIFTON PARK — It was a frantic, wild affair last fall when Niskayuna and Shenendehowa tangled in the semifinals of the Section II Division I boys’ volleyball postseason tournament. The Plainsmen emerged that day after dropping the…

A collection of players take a break at Niskayuna's Avon Crest Park on Thursday, July 2, 2015. An outdoor volleyball league is held at the park on Thursday. (Michael Kelly/Gazette Reporter)

Volleyball league grows in 2nd year

BY MICHAEL KELLY Gazette Reporter NISKAYUNA — Good sportsmanship pays off, especially when one’s opponent quickly becomes one’s teammate. That’s the situation in the 4-on-4 outdoor volleyball league this summer at Avon Crest Park, a program Tom Budka — last…