Baldwinsville boys volleyball front-line players Anthony DeMarco (27), Grady Schmidt (28) and Shawn Calnan (24) celebrates a point versus Oswego during the Section III class AA final. The trio combined for 29 kills as the Bees beat the Buccaneers in four sets.
continued Serving well, defending well and putting away shots at the net, B'ville gave up the first point of the match, and then won the next eight points, all on Madison Whitney's serve.
That set ended 25-9, and in the second set a brief 3-3 vanished when the Bees put together a 10-1 run, pulling away again and prevailed 25-11. Only in the third set did F-M fight for a bit longer, only trailing 17-13 before B'ville again pulled clear with a 25-17 victory.
Maureen Thayer anchored the Bees' back line, earning 24 assists. Up front, Lexi Lagoy set the pace with nine kills, while Whitney picked up six kills and four aces. Rachel Aiello and Allegra Lee Bell managed five kills apiece as libero Danielle Sayler gained five digs.
Both B'ville sides now head for regional finals, with the boys facing Horseheads (Section IV) Friday night at Elmira Free Academy and the girls taking on Shenendehowa (Section II) at Gloversville. Both state tournaments take place next weekend at Glens Falls Civic Center.