A season ago, the Marcellus girls volleyball team got its first-ever taste of the big stage when it reached the state championships at Glens Falls Civic Center.
And while the Mustangs were unable to reach the state title game, the run more than justified the program’s move from a winter to fall schedule.
Now Marcellus is in pursuit of the big prize, but first there’s the small matter of the 2012 regular season and a string of quality opponents in the Onondaga High School League.
That began with last Tuesday’s match against Fulton, where the second and third sets were close, but Marcellus still managed a 25-18, 25-22, 25-23 sweep of the Red Raiders.
On a well-balanced front line, Allie Massara led with six kills. Hannah O’Brien and Devan Landers each had five kills, while Kelsey Burke got four kills. Jessica Cost recorded 15 assists and seven digs as, on the defensive side, Brittney Valentine earned 11 digs.
Marcellus routed Institute of Technology Central 25-6, 25-10, 25-12 on Friday night as Grace Keegan served up seven aces. Suzanna Sylcox managed four kills and four digs, while Anna Smith and Kristin Field each gained four assists. Hannah Brady contributed five digs.
West Genesee started another Class AA campaign last Thursday with a 25-8, 25-6, 25-7 rout of Henninger. Kayla Case set the tone with six aces as Jesse Allen managed six kills. Elle Swete and Kara Sweeney put up seven assists apiece. Allie Barry and Brianna Richardson each got three kills.
Westhill, who went 2-4 in pool play of the Penfield Tournament on Sept. 1 (sweeping Greece Athena but losing to Webster Schroeder and Corning), had a solid opener on its home court against Fowler, taking just three sets to defeat the Falcons 25-13, 25-18, 25-16.
Annaleigh Gedney picked up 19 assists, distributing the ball to a variety of front-line players. Abby Bornstein had a team-high six kills, while Katie McGraw and Delaney Martin each produced four kills. Bella Sterly added three kills and McGraw got four digs.