All through the closing days of the regular season, the Westhill girls volleyball team seethed over the numerous opportunities missed during the Warriors' five-game loss to Marcellus on Jan. 25 -- then did something about it.
That "something" was a conquest of defending Section III Class B champion Cazenovia, which the Warriors pulled off in another five-game classic last Thursday night.
Of the first four games, three went beyond the 25-point limit, testing everyone's endurance -- a test Westhill would pass by playing its best at the end.
In a close but conventional opening game, Westhill came out in front, 25-22. It got within two points of a bigger edge in the second game, only to see the Lakers grab it, 28-26, to draw even.
Another long battle followed in the third game, and this time the Warriors came up with the late points and won, 26-24.
As it did in the Marcellus match, Westhill got within two points of victory in the fourth game. The difference was that, when Cazenovia came out in front 27-25, it only seemed to fuel the Warriors to a higher level of play.
Instead of exhaustion in the fifth and final game, Westhill displayed excellence, its power and precision proving too much for the Lakers as, by a convincing margin of 25-14, the Warriors gained one of its biggest wins of the season.
If Anna Hutchings wasn't producing points with her 22 kills, Jenni Jerome was putting away 12 kills and seven blocks, and Meghan Lingenfelter provided a presence with 10 kills. Adding even more depth, Meghan Maloney had seven kills.
To set all of these front-line players up for points, Jenna Martens had to produce 47 assists. At least for Cazenovia, Abby Cordes and Alissa Easterly split the back-line duties, with 14 assists apiece, as Cordes added six kills, five aces and four blocks.
With that big win over Cazeonvia in its pocket, the Warriors could not focus on a possible run through the Section III Class B playoffs, which start next week.