Both the Oneida and Vernon Verona Sherrill girls volleyball teams strove to maintain winning records within the Tri-Valley League -- and did so with comebacks.
The Indians lost the first game of last Tuesday's match to Holland Patent 25-19, but went on to dominate the rest of the match, ripping the Golden Knights by one-sided margins of 25-9, 25-10 and 25-14.
On the front line, Rachael Kline had 12 kills, while Clare Henry got 11 kills and nine digs, and Paige Pendleton finished with seven kills. Shannon Dowling fed them with 16 assists.
VVS did much the same thing against Camden, beaten badly 25-12 in the first game, but pulling out tight 25-23 decisions in each of the next two games before dominating the fourth game 25-12 to close it out.
Rachel Brown had 15 assists, six kills, three aces and two digs, while Stephanie Siriano had 10 assists, six digs and four kills. Alexis Albro picked up six kills, four aces and seven digs as Liz Bush contributed five kills.
Now they reversed opponents, with VVS facing HP on Friday and Oneida taking on Camden Saturday afternoon.
The Red Devils would survive a five-game epic with the Golden Knights, winning the first two games 25-14 and 25-22, and coming within inches of a sweep before HP took the third game 26-24 and the fourth game 25-23.
Instead of being crippled by the near-misses, though, VVS stood up and dominated the fifth game to win the match 25-12. Siriano gained 10 kills, five assists, five aces and four digs, while Bush had nine kills and six aces, plus four blocks. Albro had seven kills and seven digs as Missy Meyers contributed 10 digs and four kills.
Oneida would also win, taking out Camden in four as it won the opener 25-17, lost a close second game 27-25, then finished it off 25-20 and 25-13.