With early control of the OHSL Liberty division on the line, the Marcellus girls volleyball team did not let a lack of practice time bother them too much.
Instead, the Mustangs jumped all over Christian Brothers Academy in last Thursday night's match, then got all the tough points to finish off a three-set sweep of the Brothers.
Marcellus used its power and precision to dominate the opener 25-11. CBA settled down, though, and played the Mustangs tight in each of the next two sets, nearly snatching both games.
In each case, Marcellus still got the late points, taking the second set 26-24 and pulling out the third set 25-23 to clinch the match.
Nicole Fletcher pounded away 14 kills and four blocks, adding five digs, while Devon Landers and Sara Ryan each had seven kills and seven combined digs. Jess Cost earned 22 assists as Jenna Anable gained 11 assists, five digs and three kills. Veronica Raymond added three kills.
Three nights earlier, the Mustangs put together a steady, consistent effort against Jordan-Elbridge, sweeping the Eagles in three sets.
In the first two sets, the Mustangs prevailed by equal margins of 25-16, and it went on to claim the third game 25-20. Jenna Annable, with eight assists, and Jess Cost, with six assists, split the back-line duties as Nicole Fletcher put up 12 kills.
J-E, in defeat, saw Katie Byrnes put up six kills, two aces and two digs, while Mallory Snyder gained six assists. Kali Kimak had four digs as Paige Brown delivered three assists, two aces and two digs.
In a key local showdown Thursday night, Westhill rallied from behind to win a long, exciting five-set duel with Solvay.
Both of the first two sets ended the same, with the Bearcats pulling out 25-23 decisions. And Solvay nearly pulled off the sweep - but Westhill did just enough in the third set to prevail 25-22, then held on in the fourth set 25-23 to send the match to the wire.