A solid season for the West Genesee girls volleyball team got better in a hurry.
The Wildcats seemed to earn all of the crucial points in last Wednesday’s match against Oswego, and it led to a dramatic five-set victory over the previously unbeaten Buccaneers.
WG made its case known by winning the opening set 25-21. Even though Oswego claimed the second set by that same margin and threatened to move ahead in the third set, the Wildcats, at 25-25, broke the tie and claimed that set 27-25.
This allowed WG to have a poor fourth set (the Bucs won it big, 25-12) and regroup for the final set. Again, it was close, but at 24-23, Jesse Allen, with her 10th block of the night, picked up the clinching point and the Wildcats had a 25-23 win.
Aside from those blocks, Allen also managed seven kills and four aces, working with Christina Holzhauer, who had 12 kills, four aces and 18 digs. Brianna Richardson (seven kills), Grace Osterdale (six kills) and Emily Scaia (five kills) helped on the front line.
On the back line, Elle Swete, with 19 assists, and Kara Sweeney, with 15 assists, ably split duties as the pair combined for 14 digs, too. Lynn Copeland managed 27 digs. Oswego, in defeat, saw Alexa Healy record 50 assists in front of Margo Dillon (16 kills), Erica Atkins (14 kills) and Bella Winklestine (12 kills).
Before this, the Wildcats swept past Corcoran 25-16, 25-22, 25-10. Allen served up six aces as she, along with Holzhauer, Jessica Hillery and Alia Hildebrandt, posted five kills apiece. Grace Osterdale added four kills as Lynn Copeland managed 12 digs. Sweeney had 16 assists and five digs.
Westhill continued its unbeaten run in last Tuesday’s match at Phoenix, where it played three steady sets and swept the Firebirds 25-16, 25-15, 25-22.