So all is now in place for the Cazenovia girls volleyball team as it jets toward its two most important matches of the season.
Next Wednesday night at Buckley Gym, Cazenovia meets Sknaeateles, the two Laker rivals getting together for the second time this season (Skaneateles won in four games back on Sept. 24). Then the two will meet again early in November to determine who advances to the state Class B playoffs.
The Lakers go there with a lot of confidence, having wrapped up the road portion of its regular-season slate with two more impressive victories.
Going to Henninger last Monday night, Cazenovia pulled off another three-game victory, beating the Black Knights 25-12 in both the first and third games, with a 25-17 margin in the second game.
Chelsea Lauria put together 12 assists, four kills and four aces. Amber Robinson finished with 13 assists, adding three kills and three aces, while Lizzy Reed and Alexis Markowski each had six kills. Melanie Arehart (five kills) and Hannah Koennecke (four kills) also contributed on the front line as Lindsey Easterly got three kills and two aces.
Later in the week, the Lakers made a longer trip, to Auburn, but had the same one-sided result as it swept the Maroons 25-14, 25-10, 25-19.
Improving her numbers from the Henninger match, Lauria this time had 15 assists, plus five kills and five digs. Markowski worked her way to five kills, six aces and five digs as Reed gained six kills. Koennecke had five kills and three digs as Robinson put up eight assists, three digs, two kills and two aces.
Once those matches were done, Cazenovia headed home, tuning up one last time for Skaneateles by sweeping Bishop Ludden 25-18, 25-5, 25-13 on Friday night.
With her serves, Lauria set a career mark with 17 aces to go with her 10 assists. Koennecke had four kills, with Easterly, Arehart and Madison Gabor each picking up three kills. The Lakers' record improved to 15-2.