Skaneateles No longer are the Skaneateles and Cazenovia girls volleyball teams alone in pursuit of high honors during the fall season, thanks to the expansion of the Onondaga High School League.
Still, the two Laker sides are prime contenders, which made Friday night’s showdown in the Skaneateles gym a crucial early-season barometer.
All it proved, though, was that a well-rested Skaneateles side could pummel a worn-out Cazenovia side, as what took place during a three-game sweep.
Cazenovia was at the tail end of playing three matches in as many days. Just 24 hours before visiting Skaneateles, those other Lakers had suffered a five-game defeat at the hands of Cicero-North Syracuse.
Knowing all this, Skaneateles applied immediate pressure and ran over Cazenovia 25-10 in the first game. Each of the next two games proved a bit closer, but it still didn’t change much as Skaneateles won them by margins of 25-16 and 25-14.
Julianna Augustine put away 13 kills, adding four aces and three digs. Joanna Dean added six kills, with Malorie Olin getting three kills and two blocks. On the back line, Sidney Lawson and Colleen Cargile split duties, finishing with 10 assists apiece. Natale Roche earned six digs.
To tune up for Cazenovia, Skaneateles hosted another of the fall newcomers, LaFayette, last Wednesday night, and swept past the Lancers 25-17, 25-19, 25-16.
Though LaFayette has more Section III titles than any other program, it could not match the consistency and power that Skaneateles displayed.
Cargile put together 17 assists, five digs, three aces and two kills. Augustine managed 10 kills, while Dean had five kills and Lawson four kills. For the Lancers, Halee Bebee had seven assists and Kayla McElhannon recorded seven kills.
At 3-0 following the Cazenovia rout, Skaneateles has three road matches this week, taking on Institute of Technology Central and Bishop Ludden within the OHSL before a non-league trip to West Genesee.