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.
This was just a prelude, though, to Thursday’s long battle with Cazenovia.
After dropping the first set 25-23, Westhill won the next two sets by comfortable 25-15 and 25-16 margins. The Lakers prolonged the match by claiming the fourth set in another 25-23 decision, but the Warriors pulled away in the final set and claimed it 25-17.
The long match allowed Gedney to pile up 44 assists, plus 10 kills and 12 digs for a triple-double. McGraw scrambled for 33 digs, while Bornstein amassed 15 kills and 18 digs. Martin gained 12 kills as Sterly picked up 10 kills. Lauren Eaton added 10 digs as Townley and Zoanetti both got five kills and combined for 10 digs.
West Genesee, headed for the Section III Class AA playoffs, clinched a winning record in last Monday’s match at Henninger, sweeping the Black Knights 25-12, 25-4, 25-13.
Serves alone accounted for more than a set’s worth of points. Jessie Allen put together 11 aces, while Katie McIntyre had eight aces and Kara Sweeney finished with six aces to go with 10 assists and three digs.
For her part, Allen also got six kills, two blocks and two digs. Brianna Richardson had a team-best seven kills, while Elle Swete had five assists and six digs. Jessica Hillery, Emily Scaia and Grace Osterdale each gained three kills as Christina Holzhauer finished with seven digs.
WG has the no. 5 seed in Class AA, which meant that it would meet no. 4 seed Liverpool in the opening round, the winner to face undefeated Baldwinsville in the semifinals.
Westhill owns the no. 2 seed in Class B and Marcellus holds the no. 3 seed. They could meet in the semifinals Friday if the Mustangs get past its opening-round match against Jamesville-DeWitt.