Bees sweep to sectional volleyball title again

And so the sweep is complete - no, make that many different sweeps.

When the Baldwinsville girls volleyball team finished off Liverpool Wednesday night in the Section III Class AA final at Cicero-North Syracuse's gymnasium, it completed a second consecutive year where it did not lose a single game to any Central New York opponent.

At the same time, B'ville provided the exclamation point to the school's extraordinary feat of seeing five teams (in girls soccer, field hockey, football, boys soccer and girls volleyball) and one individual (cross country runner Shaun Thompson) earn sectional championships in a span of six days.

Of course, none of those teams have dominated for as long as the volleyball Bees, but head coach Mary Jo Cerqua said the winning feeling "never gets old. It's a big deal for us, and a big deal for the school."

B'ville simply refused to surrender any game at any time, and this despite the fact that it had just four players back from the 2009 squad that performed the same feat on its way to the same final. That quartet - Brianna Stewart, Allegra Bell, Paulina Rein and Sydniee Hamm - led the way again.

"The main thing (that keys our success) is that we are all like a family, and we all work hard to be our best," said Stewart. "We practice hard (too), and that shows on the court."

Indeed, Stewart was in top form on this night against Liverpool, recording 30 assists, an average of 10 assists per game. "She leads with her play calling and she's a quarterback for us," said Cerqua.

Up front, Rein finished with 12 kills, adding eight digs. Hamm had seven kills, while Sarah Klaben played superb defense, earning nine digs. Emily Walser contributed five kills and three aces, while libero Becca Maher was superb on the back line and Liz Giromini offered up a series of big serves that led to long point runs.

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