Oneida volleyball splits; VVS beaten

Already, the action for the Oneida and Vernon Verona Sherill girls volleyball teams in the Tri-Valley League has proven intense.

The Indians handled last Tuesday night's league opener against Clinton, taking just three games to sweep the Warriors 25-10, 25-13, 25-3.

Not spending much time on the court, Oneida saw Rachael Kline earn nine kills, four blocks and two aces, while Paige Pendleton got six kills and four blocks. Shannon Dowling had 12 assists as Candra Connelly picked up three aces and three digs.

As for VVS, it lost a close five-game decision to New Hartford. Losing the first game 25-20, the Red Devils stormed back to claim the second game 25-16 and third game 25-19.

The Spartans claimed the fourth game 25-21, and though VVS came within inches of winning the match in the fifth and final game, New Hartford pulled it out, 25-23.

Alexis Albro finished with 18 kills, seven digs and three aces. Stephanie Siriano had 10 kills and 14 assists, plus five digs, as Sam Kegebein played superb defense, earning 17 digs. Rachel Brown got 20 assists, nine digs, three aces and two kills. New Hartford featured Casey Holbert (32 assists), Maria Kore (13 kills), Emily Miller (10 kills) and Nicole Pollard (11 digs).

When Oneida faced New Hartford Thursday night, the Indians went to five games before the Spartans came out on top.

Beaten 25-20 in the first game, the Indians avoided a big deficit by pulling out the second game 28-26. The exchanged continued, as New Hartford claimed the third game 25-15 and Oneida answered by winning the fourth game 25-16.

New Hartford had the last surge, though, rolling through the fifth game 25-14, overcoming a fine effort from Kline, who had 18 kills, 13 digs and nine blocks. Mary Sheridan had 17 digs, while Pendleton put up 13 kills and Candra Connelly got eight kills.

Though both Oneida and VVS play Camden and Holland Patent this week, the Indians also sneak in a match against Center State Conference powerhouse Canastota.

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