Regardless of the school or gender, things did not go well for volleyball teams from Liverpool and Cicero-North Syracuse in a string of Section III Class AA playoff matches.
Of them, Liverpool’s girls may have taken the most surprising defeat. As the no. 2 seed in Class AA, it had a bye straight into the semifinals and a home match against no. 3 seed West Genesee, but the Wildcats managed to upend the Warriors in four sets.
They had met twice in the regular season, Liverpool prevailing in four sets in the Sept. 3 opener and again in a five-set battle on Oct. 10. But WG would save its best performance for the most meaningful encounter.
Unable to gain much traction, Liverpool (13-3) lost each of the first two sets by scores of 25-22 and 25-17. The Warriors did prevail 25-20 in the third set, but the Wildcats rebounded and, by a 25-21 margin, closed out the match in the fourth.
No one on the Warriors’ front line got more than the 10 kills put up by Emily Flohr, who added seven digs. Dallas Merola had six kills and five digs, while Sam Wolf had five kills and 11 digs.
Meg Stonebarger picked up five kills to go with her 30 assists and five digs. Amanda Lauricella managed a team-best 12 digs as Juila Mumpton had four digs and four kills. Maggie Conklin contributed a pair of kills.
For WG, Kara Sweeney put up 30 assists, to go with 10 digs, three aces and two kills, while Courtney Shoults earned 20 digs. Brianna Richardson (14 kills) and Jessie Allen (10 kills) led the Wildcats’ front line.
As for Cicero-North Syracuse, who had the no. 5 seed in Class AA, its season would end in last Tuesday night’s opening round with a three-set defeat to no. 4 seed Fayetteville-Manlius.