A large and formidable task awaits the Liverpool girls volleyball team as it ventures to play unbeaten Baldwinsville in next Wednesday night's Section III Class AA championship match.
But at least the no. 3 seed Warriors will get a chance to play in it, thanks to its three-game sweep of no. 2 seed Cicero-North Syracuse in Tuesday's AA semifinals.
Both teams came into the match with a fair amount of motivation. In Liverpool's case, it wanted to avenge a four-game loss to the Northstars back on Oct. 6. For CNS, a chance to play for the title in its home gym added more incentive - and perhaps more pressure.
Each of the first two games proved close. And both times, Liverpool would come out on top, taking the opener 25-21 and the second game 25-22. Now more confident than ever, the Warriors glided through the third game 25-15 to advance to the finals.
Jenna Street, with 22 assists and four kills, led Liverpool's effort. Dorothy Rosekrans had nine kills, three aces and two digs, while Anna Daucher stepped up to earn eight kills. Cassi McCrum matched Street's four-kill effort, also getting three aces.
As for CNS, Meghan Ross (10 assists, three kills), Andrea Goettel (six assists) and Lindsey Silfer (four assists) worked to set up points. Up front, Stephanie Gagnon had seven kills and three digs, with Alex Silfer adding six kills. Erica Thompson added four kills and two blocks.
Not only does Liverpool have to face an undefeated Baldwinsville (who swept West Genesee in the other AA semifinal), it will have to work to even get a game against the Bees - something no one has done in 17 matches this fall.