Canastota girls volleyball remains perfect

Still without a defeat this winter, the Canastota girls volleyball team extended its domination by knocking off Center State Conference rival Hamilton last Friday night at the end of another flawless week of work.

The Raiders got a brief scare in last Monday's match against Cooperstown, but still beat the Redskins in four games.

Canastota dominated the opening game 25-11, then lost the second game 25-20. But the Raiders didn't get fazed, instead rolling through the third game 25-16 and blitzing through Cooperstown 25-12 in the fourth game to close out the match.

Jessica Patterelli set a milestone, too, as her 31 assists put her past 1,500 for her career. She also had 10 digs and eight kills.

Meanwhile, Denae Rinaldo finished with 23 kills, plus nine digs and three aces. Hailie Chandle had five blocks, while Tessa Gaglianese picked up four kills. Katelyn Rounds had 15 digs and three aces as Tracey O'Hern had seven digs. Sam McCarthy and Elizabeth Lavalee got five digs apiece.

On Wednesday night, the Raiders wiped out Sherburne-Earlville 25-6, 25-12, 25-5 to make it 12 wins in a row. Patterelli piled up 32 assists, eight kills and seven digs, as Denae Rinaldo earned 13 kills, five digs and three aces and Stephanie Thornton stepped up with 10 kills.

This latest perfect week climaxed on Friday with the Raiders facing Hamilton and recording an impressive 25-14, 25-15, 25-20 sweep of the Emerald Knights.

Though it earned the first three points of the match, Hamilton was soon overwhelmed as a 6-1 run pushed Canastota ahead for good and a 9-0 run closed out the game. The Raiders also had 8-0 and 6-0 spurts in the second game, and it was 20-20 in the third game before Canastota earned the last five points.

Before it was done, Patterelli had 17 assists, plus 12 digs and seven kills. Rinaldo had nine kills and nine digs, with Rounds earning four kills, four assists and seven digs. O'Hern got six blocks as Lavalee and McCarthy each had six digs.

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