The Marcellus girls volleyball team prevailed in Saturday's OHSL Liberty National division tournament at Phoenix. Front row, from left:Grace Keegan, Brittney Valentine, Allie Massara. Middle row: Zoe Higgins, Devan Landers, Hannah O'Brien, Katie Stogsdill, Jessica Cost, Kelsey Burke, Suzanna Sylcox. Back row: Jennie Delia, Kristin Field, Morgan Lavy, Anna Smith. Not pictured: Hannah Brady.
Much more happened in local high school girls volleyball after Marcellus gaining its enormous win against Skaneateles in a three-set sweep on Oct. 22.
It started with the Mustangs themselves, who two nights after beating Skaneateles needed five sets to fight past the other Laker team from Cazenovia at Buckley Gym.
The Mustangs lost the opener 25-16, and also dropped a close third set 27-25. Both times, Marcellus rebounded, winning the second set 25-15 and the fourth set 25-19, and then holding off Cazenovia 25-20 in the final set.
Devon Landers had 17 kills, while Allie Massara amassed 22 digs and 13 kills. Brittney Valentine also had 22 digs as, on the back line, Jessica Cost amassed 19 assists, 14 digs, three aces and three kills, with Anna Smith contributing 12 assists. Hannah O’Brien managed four kills and six digs.
Then the Mustangs played Bishop Ludden on Thursday night, finally getting to settle down in a 25-1, 25-13, 25-10 sweep that included Hannah Brady getting four aces and five kills, with Grace Keegan also earning four aces. Kristin Field had five aces and five kills.
To cap off this big week, Marcellus went to Phoenix on Saturdy and won the OHSL Liberty American division tournament. The Mustangs went 15-0, not dropping a set through the entire round-robin format.
While all this was going on, the other prime Class B contender, Westhill, maintained its own good form last Tuesday, steadily putting together a 25-18, 25-19, 25-19 sweep over Mexico.
Abby Bornstein showed her all-around skills with 10 kills and 13 digs. So did Annaleigh Gedney, who backed up her 22 assists with 11 digs and four kills.
Elsewhere, Delaney Martin and Bella Sterley both finished with six kills, while Maggie Liberati delivered four aces and Katie McGraw managed nine digs. Rachel Zoanetti had three kills and five digs as Abbey Townley picked up two kills and two aces.