On its way toward a new home in the fall, the Marcellus girls volleyball team would not mind grabbing another winter crown or two.
The Mustangs took a major step toward that goal Thursday night, completing a regular-season sweep of its closest OHSL Liberty division pursuer, Christian Brothers Academy, with a four-set victory and moving to 10-1 on the season.
All looked fine in the first set, which Marcellus dominated 25-13. But in the second set, Jenna Annable, the team's top setter, went out with a shoulder injury and, shaken for a moment, the Mustangs lost 25-19 as the Brothers pulled even.
Showing its resilience and depth, Marcellus pulled out a 25-22 victory in the third set, then got pushed by CBA in the fourth set before closing out the match 26-24.
Jess Cost and Tori Bingham stepped up in Annable's absence, as Cost finished with 18 assists and Bingham contributed 13 assists and five aces. Up front, Nicole Fletcher gained 14 kills and eight blocks, with Devon Landers producing 10 kills and five blocks. Veronice Raymond and Sara Ryan earned eight kills apiece.
Annable returned on Saturday for the Mustangs' appearance in the Mount Markham Tournament, and helped Marcellus win the event with an 8-0 mark as it swept Living Word Academy in two sets in the finals. Annable joined Fletcher and Landers on the All-Tournament team.
Fighting hard to stay around the .500 mark, Solvay gained a key victory last Tuesday night, sweeping Jordan-Elbridge in three sets.
The Bearcats prevailed 25-14, 25-18, 25-8 for its most lopsided win of the season as Julie Gardner served up seven aces.
Gabby Santoferrara had 11 digs and four assists, with Cassidy Tanzella earning four kills. Ashley Colley also had four assists as Kyndra Jackson got three kills. For J-E, Katie Byrnes got four kills as Jessica Somes and Kali Kimak each picked up five digs. Mallory Snyder had four digs and three assists.