Oct 27, 2010 Phil Blackwell Uncategorized
One moment, the Cazenovia girls volleyball team was on its way to taking the lead on Skaneateles and avenging two seasons worth of frustration at the expense of that other group of Lakers on Senior Night Wednesday at Buckley Gym.
The next moment, Skaneateles was in front – and on its way to another four-game victory, matching the result from their first encounter on Sept. 24 and gaining the role as favorite for that decisive state Class C qualifying match between the same two sides on Nov. 5 at Cicero-North Syracuse.
One game – and one stunning spurt by Skaneateles – turned the match around and deflated the home crowd. They had come to honor 10 seniors – Lizzy Reed, Chelsea Lauria, Alexis Markowski, Lindsay Easterly, Hannah Koennecke, Melanie Arehart, Brodie Shephard, Audrey Bowers, Miya Uchida and Emily Gustafson – that made up the bulk of Cazenovia’s roster.
All the ceremonies seemed to cause a slow start for the home side. Skaneateles never trailed once in the opening game, serving and defending well as it prevailed 25-19. But Cazenovia turned things around in the second game, leading on all but one occasion (at 7-6) and breezing to a 25-17 win as it evened the match.
Then came the third game. For much of it, Cazenovia carried over its good work from the previous game, serving with precision and providing all kinds of power. It led 21-11 at one point, and though Skaneateles stirred a bit, it still gained a 24-18 edge and was about to move up 2-1 in games.
But Cazenovia never got that game point. Skaneateles won the serve back, and then Gabby Eckles (who injured her ankle earlier in the match) offered up a series of powerful serves, leading to six straight points. Even though Cazenovia called two time-outs, it could not stop the momentum as Skaneateles took the lead, then claimed the victory 26-24.
That streak stretched into the fourth game – 10 points in all – as a fired-up Skaneateles took a 14-7 lead in the fourth game. Cazenovia came back to tie it, 16-16, but from there Skaneateles never trailed, closing out the match 25-19.
For the winning side, Colleen Cargile put together 29 assists and 10 digs. Often, Cargile’s passes went to Caroline Walton, who had 15 kills, plus five blocks and six digs. Julianna Augustine had nine kills, with Eckles earning six kills and five assists. Anna Goodell had 11 digs, three kills and three blocks. Erin Callahan had 17 digs and Joanna Dean put together seven kills and six digs.
Reed finished with 18 kills and 13 digs, while Hannah Koennecke got 12 kills and 12 digs. Markowski had 10 kills as, on the back line, Lauria picked up 17 assists, 14 digs and five kills, with Amber Robinson adding 24 assists and eight digs. Shephard, Cazenovia’s libero, had 11 digs.
Skaneateles improved to 16-1, with Cazenovia at 15-3 as they head toward one more contest at CNS – the most important of all.