Marcellus volleyball sweeps Fowler

Solvay, Westhill also new to fall schedule

— Of all the girls volleyball teams that moved from winter to fall schedules, none, perhaps, was more famous than Marcellus, winners of nine Section III titles in the last 12 seasons.

The Mustangs hit the court Friday night at Fowler and easily handled the Falcons 25-7, 25-17, 25-8. A full 27 of those points came from aces, five of them from Tori Bingham, who also had seven assists. Cassie Roberts and Brittney Valentine each had four aces. Anna Smith added three aces and three assists.

The group that moved from winter to fall also includes Solvay and Westhill. The Bearcats, a one-time power that has not won a sectional title since 1999, opened on Sept. 1 with a 28-26, 25-20, 25-10 loss to Skaneateles.

Lauren Bandera managed 15 assists, the passes often going to Meghan O'Toole, who had seven kills. Julie Gardner added eight digs, five aces and four kills. Leslie Santos picked up nine digs and Lydia Bakowski got five digs.

The Bearcats did bounce back to beat Syracuse ITC 25-11, 25-17, 25-8 on Wednesday night. Lindsay Burnett amassed 10 aces, while Jackie Gardner (five assists) and Bandera (four assists) worked the back line. Julie Gardner had four aces as Nicole Cimino put away four kills.

Westhill had its opener last Tuesday, beating Phoenix in four games. It lost the opener 25-17, but claimed the next three games 25-22, 25-18 and 25-21.

Abby Bornstein led the Warriors with 20 assists, seven kills and four digs. Laura Nanno managed 14 digs, while Clarissa Sterly displayed an impressive serve, getting nine aces to go with her six kills and three blocks. Abbey Townley added four kills.

Playing Friday against Fulton, the Warriors lost in four games 25-13, 23-25, 25-17, 25-17. Annaleigh Gedney had 19 assists, with Sterly earning nine kills and Bornstein eight kills to go with 13 digs. Nanno (17 digs) and Katie McGraw (14 digs) excelled on defense.

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