From a no. 3 seed, the West Genesee girls volleyball team has made an impressive run to the Section III Class AA championship match.
And while the Wildcats will likely be a prohibitive underdog to top seed and defending champion Baldwinsville in that title match next Wednesday night at Cicero-North Syracuse’s gym, it will go in there with as much confidence as it has shown all season.
That’s because, in last Thursday night’s AA semifinal, WG, the no. 3 seed, went to no. 2 seed Liverpool and delivered a four-set victory over the Warriors.
They had met twice in the regular season, the Wildcats losing 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.
Instead of struggles at the start, the Wildcats won 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.
Kara Sweeney put up 30 assists, to go with 10 digs, three aces and two kills, while Courtney Shoults earned 20 digs to go with seven kills. Brianna Richardson (14 kills) and Jessie Allen (10 kills) led the Wildcats’ front line, with Allen also contributing seven blocks and 10 digs.
Lynn Copeland was right with Richardson and Allen, gaining eight kills and two blocks, while Hannah Bakowski picked up 11 digs and Katie McIntyre added six digs.
Liverpool, in defeat, saw Meg Stonebarger pick up five kills to go with her 30 assists and five digs. Amanda Lauricella managed a team-best 12 digs as Emily Flohr earned 10 kills, just ahead of Dallas Merola (six kills) and Sam Wolf (five kills, 11 digs).