In a hurry, the Baldwinsville boys volleyball team found out that its path to a second Section III Class AA title in three years will not be a smooth one.
The Bees ran into Oswego last Wednesday night and found itself trailing the Buccaneers much of the way. All the key points seemed to go in Oswego’s favor as it swept B’ville in three sets 25-20, 25-20, 25-17.
Grady Schmidt did manage eight kills and Ryan Zbikowski added six kills, their points set up by Ryan Shelton’s 15 assists as Jordan Hughes added three aces and four digs.
But the Bucs had too much, as Kevin Carpentier earned 27 assists, nine digs, six kills and three blocks. Ryan Patrick (11 kills), Dylan Lavner and Mike Thompson (10 kills each) led the front line.
In a non-league match last Monday, the Bees had to work hard, even in a three-set sweep of North Rose-Wolcott.
The Bees squeaked out a 26-24 win in the first set and also won a close second set, 25-22, before claiming the third set 25-19. Chris Drain had 17 assists, feeding it to a deep front line where Schmidt led with five kills. Zbikowski, Kevin Drain, Shawn Calnan and Anthony DiMarco each managed three kills.
As for the girls volleyball Bees, it cast aside West Genesee’s challenge last Tuesday night, only getting a slight scare in the second set of a 25-9, 25-19, 25-10 sweep of the Wildcats.
Shannon Albright amassed 27 assists, five digs, three aces and two kills. Allegra Bell earned 11 kills, helped by Paulina Rein, Lexi Lagoy (seven kills each) and Sydnie Hamm (five kills) on the front line. Rein added eight digs and Danielle Sayler seven digs as Liz Giromini served up seven aces.
Then the Bees routed Utica Proctor 25-15, 25-9, 25-10 on Friday night. Amanda Chajkowski, with six aces and seven digs set the tone as Hamm got six kills and Bell and Klaben added five kills apiece.
Lexi Lagoy got four kills. Albright, with 11 assists, and Maureen Thayer, with 10 assists, split back-line duties as Rein produced five digs.