As the no. 2 and 3 seeds going into the Section III Class AA playoffs, the Cicero-North Syracuse and Liverpool girls volleyball teams knew that wins in Thursday night's opening round would mean a showdown between the two neighbors and rivals in the semifinals.
That match is now set, due to the fact that the Northstars swept past no. 7 seed Fayetteville-Manilus in three games, while the Warriors pulled off the same kind of sweep to oust no. 3 seed Corcoran.
Against the Hornets, CNS had a bit of a tougher time. After a 25-10 romp in the first game, the Northstars nearly saw F-M grab the second game, but recovered in time to prevail 25-22. Once that was done, the third game, a 25-18 decision, completed the work for the night.
Meghan Ross led her side with seven assists and six kills. Up front, Alex Silfer had five kills, with Stephanie Gagnon mixing in four kills and five digs. Andrea Goettel, with five assists, and Lindsey Silfer, with four assists, offered Ross some help on the back line as Cara Gannett picked up two kills and two digs.
As this was going on, Liverpool did not even take an hour to eliminate Corcoran, the no. 6 seed. With accurate serves and other sources of power and precision, the Warriors won 25-16 in the first game, then romped past the Cougars 25-9 and 25-7 in the remaining two games.
Dorothy Rosekrans, with 10 kills, dominated Liverpool's front line, where Stephanie Mumpton, Sarah Milligan and Cassi McCrum each picked up three kills. Brooke Holland had a team-high four digs as Jenna Street mixed in 18 assists, two aces and two kills.
The winner between Liverpool and CNS will get Baldwinsville or West Genesee in the Nov. 10 championship match, to be played at the CNS gymnasium in a doubleheader along with the boys AA title match.