Beginning its winter campaign, the Jamesville-DeWitt boys volleyball team rallied from an 0-2 deficit to beat Chittenango in five sets in last Tuesday night’s opener.
The Bears won both of the first two sets by slim margins of 25-20 and 25-23. Refusing to get discouraged, the Red Rams echoed Chittenango’s work by winning the third set 25-20 and the fourth set 25-23, and would cruise to a 25-16 win in the final set.
Mike Alfieris, with 19 assists, and Walker Masicat, with 18 assists, worked on J-D’s back line. Jesse Evensky led with 15 kills and nine digs, while Max Bregande added 11 kills and Tom Lukow got nine kills. Terrance Smith added five kills. Mike Messinger (13 kills, 12 assists) and Tanner Makowski (14 assists, seven kills) led the Bears.
Two nights later, J-D lost to Living Word Academy in three close sets 25-20, 25-23, 25-22. Bregande still had 10 aces, while Smith picked up nine kills, Evensky six kills and Alec Thompson five kills. Tom Lukow contributed nine digs.
In a head-to-head match on Friday night, Christian Brothers Academy would defeat East Syracuse-Minoa in four sets.
They split the first two sets, CBA claiming the opener 25-23 and ESM earning a 25-21 decision in the second set. In the pivotal third set, the Brothers earned the key late points and won, 25-23, and then cruised through the fourth set 25-14.
Kelly Bewley combined 10 kills and 10 assists, while Sophie Racciatti had 11 kills, nine digs and eight aces. Claire Gollegly finished with 16 assists, five aces and four kills, while Marisa Hamel (six kills) and Kara Dell’uomo (five kills) also helped on the front line. Meg Hannan had 11 digs.
On ESM’s side, Safira Lubenovic led with seven kills, with Morgan Sokolic adding five kills and Rachle Aird serving up six aces. Kaitlyn Shagunessy managed 21 assists, with Melissa Azzolino (10 digs) and Olivia Chopskie (six digs) offering defensive support.