In the early stages of the 2009 season, Cicero-North Syracuse had emerged as, perhaps, the lone team capable of challenging Baldwinsville's entrenched girls volleyball throne.
If that's the case, though, then the Bees have little to worry about.
Strengthening its hold on first place in the CNY Counties League National division, the Bees went to CNS last Monday night and took just three games to dismiss the Northstars.
Each of the games were won by comfortable margins -- 25-17 in the opener, 25-14 in the second, 25-16 in the third -- with good serves and sound front-line play as the foundation.
Paulina Rein and Jenna Blujus each finished with 10 kills, with Blujus adding three kills and two blocks. Lauren Mcvey added eight kills and Ashley Marsh four blocks, with Allegra Bell picking up four kills. Brianna Stewart had 33 assists, an average of 11 assists per game.
As this was going on, the B'ville boys team swept Fowler, though it proved interesting. After a 25-13 romp in the first game, the Bees survived a long second game that ended 32-30 before prevailing 25-22 in the third game.
With Pete Cuppernull out, Ryan Shelton took a turn on the back line and earned 12 assists. Dan Dubiel had seven kills, three aces and three assists, while Tom Hamm produced six aces. Rob Sharfstein and Chris Thayer each had three kills.