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B'ville volleyball splits with CNS

All is fine with the Baldwinsville girls volleyball team - but the boys edition, which won a Section III title for the first time in 2009, might have some work ahead.

Each of the Bees' sides met Cicero-North Syracuse Wednesday night, and while the B'ville girls won in yet another three-game sweep, the boys lost in three in its season opener.

From last season's title team, the boys Bees lost a fair amount of senior talent, including Pete Cuppernull, now at George Mason University. And though some veterans are back, it didn't translate into instant results against CNS.

The Northstars won a close opening game 25-22. It proved even closer in the second game, the Bees getting several game points but not finishing it off in a 30-28 defeat. CNS then won the third game 25-20.

In defeat, Ryan Shelton picked up 15 assists, his passes often going to Dan Dubiel, who had six kills. Chris Thayer had four kills, while Zack Racha and Kyle Lattanzio earned three kills apiece and Matt McKee got six digs. For CNS,

Jim Coleman (31 assists), Ethan Irish (15 kills) and Billy Werksman (12 kills) led the winning effort.

A few miles to the east on Route 31, B'ville's girls returned to the annual site of the sectional finals and had yet another solid victory, beating CNS by scores of 25-18, 25-10 and 25-16.

Brianna Stewart backed up her 12 assists with five digs. Sarah Klaben served up seven aces, adding four kills and three digs, while Shannon Albright produced five assists. Paulina Rein had four kills, with Becca Maher (five digs), Sydnie Hamm (four digs) and Liz Giromini (three digs) helping on the defensive side.

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