In a Route 5 battle Wednesday night, the Chittenango boys volleyball team came out on top, needing five games to get past the Canastota Raiders at the heart of a very busy week of local net action.
Steady performances in the first two games allowed the Bears to prevail 25-18 and 25-20. Canastota nearly got swept, but did take the third game 25-23 before falling to Chittenango 25-14 in the fourth game.
Caleb Mannix led the Bears with 11 kills and eight aces. Tom Connelly had nine kills, while Luke Greiner put together 19 assists and five kills, and Corey Rivet added 12 assists. As for Canastota, Charlie Smith had 10 assists, with Jake LaBarre earning five kills and Jason Quaglia four kills.
Chittenango lost to Living Word Academy 25-15, 25-12, 25-11 the night before, as Connelly got three blocks and Nils Belting earned three kills. Isaac Virag led the Lions with 14 assists, nine kills and eight aces.
Vernon Verona Sherrill resumed action on Thursday night, sweeping J-D by scores of 25-11, 25-22 and 25-21. Rested and refreshed, the Red Devils took charge early, then survived the closer games by getting all the clutch points.
Cole Barbano led VVS with 15 assists, feeding a front line where Tyler Curtis got seven kills, Drew Foster five kills and Josh Masi four kills. Andrew Aurigema had 11 digs and Jake Voelker added 10 digs, with Kyle Renwick earning five digs.
Then VVS got its shot at Canastota Friday, sweeping the Raiders 25-20, 25-21, 25-18. Curtis and Masi each finished with six kills, as Masi added four blocks and Barbano fed them with 15 assists. The Raiders saw Smith earn nine assists as Wilke earned nine digs.
Prior to that, Canastota found success in last Tuesday's match against Ilion, putting together a 25-18, 27-25, 25-17 sweep of the Golden Bombers.