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Girls volleyball Bees sweep Liverpool

B'ville starts defense of state title

— Think large-school girls volleyball in Central New York, and immediately Baldwinsville springs to mind.

And why not? For a decade and a half, coach Mary Jo Cerqua's Bees have left opponents far behind them, piling up league and Section III titles (13 of the latter in 15 years) with routine ease.

This long and productive run climaxed last November with the program's first-ever state Class AA championship, earned in a five-game classic over Webster Schroeder at Glens Falls Civic Center.

Expecting more glory in 2011, B'ville opened its CNY Counties League slate Tuesday night, going to Liverpool and earning a three-game sweep over the Warriors.

With cool efficiency, the Bees roared through the first two games by scores of 25-13 and 25-15. Though the third game proved tighter, B'ville, by a 25-21 margin, completed the sweep.

Shannon Albright, taking over the role of setter after Brianna Stewart's graduation, put together 20 assists, adding five digs. Maureen Thayer, with six assists, and Megan Andre, with five assists, helped out.

Danielle Sayler, the Bees' new libero, managed 13 digs. Meanwhile, Allegra Bell led a deep, experienced front line with five kills. Paulina Rein, Lexi Lagoy and Emily Walser each had four kills, with Madison Whitney, Sydnie Hamm, Sarah Klaben and Amanda Chajkowski managing three kills apiece.

As for Liverpool, Katie Rowell had nine assists, Dorothy Rosekrans managed four kills and Rachel Ruggaber picked up nine digs. Stephanie Mumpton added five digs, but the Warriors fell to 0-2 on the season. B'ville plays in a tournament at Burnt Hills, near Albany, this Saturday.

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