VVS volleyball topples Oneida again

Vernon Verona Sherrill's boys volleyball team would stay quite active in the last week of the regular season, and it started by knocking off its biggest rival.

The Red Devils took on Oneida Monday night and won in four games over the Indians, improving its record to 13-2 (9-1 league) in the process.

After comfortably winning the first game 25-17, VVS got involved in a long, close second game that saw both teams squander chances to win it before Oneida pulled it out, 29-27, evening the match.

Furious at letting a game get away, the Red Devils reclaimed control with a 25-16 third game, then claimed the f0urth game 25-18 to close out the match.

Cole Barbano, with 26 assists, fed a front line where Josh Masi had 11 kills and three blocks, Drew Foster got seven kills and Tyler Curtis added six kills. On defense, Jake Voelker and Andrew Aurigema each had 12 digs and Kyle Renwick picked up 11 digs.

As for Oneida, Shawn Ano had 16 kills and 10 digs, with Sam Adams picking up 10 kills and 14 digs. Travis Morrison added eight kills as, on the back line, Neil Perry earned 22 assists and seven digs, with Matt Bonville contributing 16 assists and eight digs.

A night later, the Red Devils ran into Chittenango and had the opposite result, losing in four games as the Bears avenged two close, five-game defeats to VVS from earlier in the season.

Even the game order went the same, as Chittenango won the opener 25-17 after overcoming an 11-8 deficit and VVS answered by taking the second game 25-21, cruising after racing out to a 13-5 lead.

But in the third game, Chittenango broke a 9-9 tie, then pulled away to take it 25-15. In the fourth game, VVS rallied from five points down to tie it, 20-20, only to see the Bears use four straight points to all but clinch a 25-21 win.

Luke Greiner led the winners with 23 assists, adding six kills. Caleb Mannix also proved versatile with eight kills, 11 assists, three aces and three blocks, while Tom Connelly produced 17 kills and Ryan Smith added 13 kills.

Meanwhile, the Red Devils featured Curtis (10 kills) and Masi (seven kills), as they each got three blocks in front of Barbano, who finished with 20 assists. Voelker had 13 digs.

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