As another busy week of local boys volleyball played out, Vernon Verona Sherrill would find the win column four times.
Amid the busy string, the Red Devils swept past rival Oneida Wednesday night, beating the Indians 26-24, 25-22, 25-21.
Though each of the games were close, VVS got all the points that mattered as Aaron Owens and Tyler Curtis each got seven kills, with Curtis adding four blocks. Drew Foster had five kills and five digs. Cole Barbano earned 22 assists as libero Andrew Aurigema got 10 digs. Kyle Renwick and Jake Voelker each got seven digs.
Oneida saw Peter Jones scoop up 27 digs to keep points alive as, up front, Shawn Ano had nine kills to go with 12 digs, three blocks and two assists. Kevin Cavanaugh had 11 kills, with Matt Bonville (16 assists) and Neil Parry (11 assists) working on the back line. Sam Adams had seven digs, five kills and three blocks.
Prior to that, the Red Devils swept Canastota last Monday night, putting together a 25-21, 25-12, 25-18 victory over the Raiders.
Josh Masi, with eight kills, led a balanced VVS front line where Foster had seven kills and Curtis got six kills and four blocks. Feeding them all, Cole Barbano picked up 11 assists, as Chris Brunscheen added six assists and Jordan Loboda earned five assists. Aurigema (eight digs), Steve Geer (six digs) and Voelker (five digs) all played strong defense.
For Canastota, Charlie Smith had 11 assists, plus six digs and four aces, while Marvin Wilke piled up 16 digs. Dan Avery had seven digs and six kills.
After beating Oneida, the Red Devils engaged in a long, exciting battle with Chittenango Thursday night, but came back to beat the Bears in five.
VVS won the opening game 25-21, but Chittenango dominated the second game 25-13. The Red Devils prevailed in the third game 25-18, only to see the Bears stay alive in a long fourth game 29-17. They started 2-2 in the fifth and final game, but VVS used a 9-1 run to take charge, and never got caught on its way to a 25-17 victory.