Before it was done, the Cicero-North Syracuse and Liverpool girls volleyball teams would both go 1-1 in their respective Section III Class AA playoff runs.
With the no. 3 seed, the Northstars had the more advantageous path to the final (played in its own home gym), since it avoided top seed and overwhelming favorite Baldwinsville.
Still, though, C-NS had to make its way through the opening round last Tuesday night – which it did, sweeping no. 6 seed Central Square in three sets.
Though each of the sets were closely fought, the Northstars still pulled them out 25-21, 25-19, 25-22 as Lindsey Silfer led the way, distributing five kills, six assists, three aces and three blocks.
Amy Van Hoven was strong, too, earning nine kills and nine digs, to go with three aces. Cara Gannett (three kills, three blocks) and Adrianna Patzer (five blocks) offered help on the front line as Tiffany Ryan added five digs. Kelsey Hess, Samantha Roberts and Hannah Narbaugh contributed three digs apiece as Narbaugh also earned three kills.
Two nights later, the Northstars met no. 2 seed Fayetteville-Manlius in the semifinal, just as it had done a year ago, when it rallied from a 2-1 deficit and prevailed in five sets.
Not in this instance, though, as the Hornets, remembering what had happened in 2011, went out in front by claiming the first two sets 25-20 and 25-15, and fended off C-NS’s attempt to extend the match, claiming the third set 28-26.
In defeat, Van Hoven still had 11 kills, while Gannett picked up nine kills and Elizabeth Miles had four kills. Silfer (15 assists) and Kelsey Hess (eight assists) split back-line duties, with Ryan getting 10 digs and Samantha Roberts earning eight digs.
Liverpool, stuck with the no. 4 seed and a direct path to B’ville, at least took care of the opening-round part last Tuesday night, needing just three sets to eliminate no. 5 seed West Genesee.