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Volleyball Lakers sweeps Homer in semifinal match

Skaneateles to meet Marcellus in sectional final

— Early on Tuesday evening, the Skaneateles girls volleyball team will take to the court, bent on erasing the lone scar in an otherwise sterling 2012 performance.

It is the top-seeded Lakers against archrival Marcellus in the Section III Class B championship match, taking place barely two weeks after the Mustangs stunned the then-undefeated Lakers with a straight-sets sweep on Oct. 22.

For most of the time since that defeat, Skaneateles had rested, practiced and regrouped for a post-season push that it hopes will conclude at Glens Falls Civic Center in the state championship tournament.

Given the top seed in the six-team Section III Class B bracket, the Lakers had a bye straight into Friday night’s semifinal, where it met no. 4 seed Homer, a team exhausted from a five-set victory over Jamesville-DeWitt in the opening round two nights earlier.

Sensing this, Skaneateles tore into the Trojans, prevailing in a three-set sweep. The Lakers grabbed the opener 25-16 and let up a bit in the second set, but still prevailed 25-19 before a 25-16 third set wrapped up the match.

Sidney Lawson did everything, from recording 19 assists to earning eight kills and four digs, plus an ace. Mia Campanile and Amanda Shoenfelt helped on the defensive side with five digs apiece.

Up front, Julianna Augustine managed eight kills, four blocks and four digs, while Jo Anna Dean finished with seven kills and three digs. Malorie Olin was right behind, with five kills and two digs. Natalie Roche and Anna Smith each put up two kills.

In defeat, Homer, who finished its season with a record of 10-8, saw Lauren Smith pick up 14 kills, Emily Cottrell add 16 assists and Lainee Reed manage 16 digs.

As this went on, Marcellus, in the other Class B semifinal, avenged an earlier defeat to no. 2 seed Westhill, rallying to win in four sets and setting up the final both sides so badly wanted.

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