Skaneateles hitter Julianna Augustine (14) spikes the ball past Westhill's Lina Guindy in Thursday night's match. Augustine had 18 kills and seven blocks in the Lakers' four-set victory over the Warriors.
SYRACUSE Unaccustomed to deficits this fall, the Skaneateles girls volleyball team faced one Thursday night at Westhill, and handled it with style.
The Lakers won the highly anticipated matchup of Class B girls’ volleyball teams Thursday, nipping the host Warriors in four sets in an entertaining contest.
Westhill won the first set, 25-21, but Skaneateles swept the next three sets by close margins of 25-23, 25-22, and 25-22. The Lakers improved to 12-0, while the Warriors fell to 11-1.
“That was very good volleyball,” Skaneateles coach Doreen Doctor said. “That’s the best way to describe it, two very good teams going at it. There were great plays both ways.”
Westhill won the first set in come-from-behind fashion. The Warriors trailed 18-13 before running off eight straight points. It was the first set the Lakers lost all season.
“We came out a little bit slow and the girls struggled,” Doctor said. "Losing that first set, I think it gave us a gut check. I think the seniors dug deep.”
The second set looked a lot like the first. The Lakers led 20-12 only to see the hosts come back again. Westhill won 10 of the next 11 points to take a 22-21 lead. Only this time, the Lakers didn’t give in, as it won four of the next five points to pull even in the match.
The third set featured four lead changes. The Lakers took the lead for good at 15-14, but never led by more than two points until winning it 25-22.
Westhill looked set on extending the match by the way it started the fourth set. The Warriors notched the first three points, and four of the initial five.
The Lakers hung tough, never falling behind by more than five points (11-6 and 16-11). Skaneateles finally pulled even at 19, and took its first lead at 23-22. The visitors were in no mood to play anymore, easily winning the last two points.