Cerqua earns 400th coaching victory

In what is shaping up to be another impressive march to league, Section III and (perhaps) state championship honors, the Baldwinsville girls volleyball did something special Wednesday night in Oswego.

When the Bees beat the Buccaneers in three games, it gave Mary Jo Cerqua, their coach of 21 years, her 400th career victory, and also moved the team's mark to 13-0 on the season. In none of those 13 matches has B'ville even lost a single game - they've all been sweeps.

Under Cerqua's watch, B'ville has dominated girls volleyball among the large school ranks for much of the last 15 years, claiming 12 sectional championships during that period. Also, in 2008 and 2009 the Bees reached the state Class AA championships in Glens Falls, though it has fallen just short of the ultimate prize so far.

The 2010 edition of the Bees might go all the way, though, and it did not let up against Oswego, despite the momentous nature of the occasion. B'ville won the first game 25-16, then flattened the Bucs 25-10 in the second game before closing it out with another 25-16 decision in the third game.

On this night, B'ville relied on one setter, and Brianna Stewart came through with 34 assists and 10 digs. Stewart's passes went to a trio of front-line stars, as Allegra Bell picked up 10 kills and Paulina Rein and Sydnie Hamm each had nine kills.

Helping them out, Liz Giromini earned four kills and five digs, while Sarah Klaben picked up three kills and Hamm earned eight digs. As the libero, Becca Maher played stellar defense all night and tacked on four digs. Oswego, in defeat, saw Kristi Stemple earn 21 assists as Jasmine Davis (11 kills) and Sydney Ward (six kills) worked on the front line.

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