In impressive style, the Fayetteville-Manlius girls volleyball team backed up its no. 2 seed and made it to the Section III Class AA championship match.
The Hornets hosted no. 3 seed Cicero-North Syracuse in Thursday night’s AA semifinal, and were in control throughout the match, taking just three sets to eliminate the Northstars.
These same two teams had met at F-M in this same round a year ago, and C-NS had prevailed, rallying from 2-1 down in sets to prevail in five. But the Hornets were, in this instance, well-rested, while the Northstars had played a first-round match (eliminating Central Square) two nights earlier.
F-M emerged with a 25-20 victory in the first set and smashed C-NS 25-15 in the second set. All through the third set, the Northstars tried to extend the match, but the Hornets, at 26-26, broke the tie and got match point to close it out 28-26.
Ivanka Temnycky led a deep F-M front line, earning nine kills. Jessica Palmiero picked up six kills, while Delaney Fuller had four kills and three blocks, and Lily Palmer added three kills. Lauren Carey fed all of them with 23 assists, adding four kills in the process.
This sends F-M into Wednesday night’s Class AA final – ironically, played in the C-NS gymnasium - and a likely shot at knocking off unbeaten top seed Baldwinsville.
As this went on, F-M’s boys volleyball team, a no. 3 seed in Class AA, vied for a shot in the sectional finals, only to fall in three sets to no. 2 seed B’ville 25-20, 25-11, 25-21.
Only close in the first and third sets, the Hornets saw Aravinth Mathuranayagam pick up 20 assists, many of his passes going to Louis Avellino, who had seven kills, four digs and two aces. Dan Silverman had five kills and three blocks, while Tom Sager and Parker Harris each got four kills. Sager and Max Lavelle managed five digs apiece.