Far less drama was found at Westhill, who put an end to Skaneateles’ dreams of a repeat title by winning each of the first two sets by equal 25-22 margins before claiming the third set 25-19 to close out the match.
Up front, Delaney Martin had nine kills, adding 10 digs, while Melissa Newcomb had eight kills and four aces. Xionara Rodriguez had seven kills and 13 digs as Annaleigh Gedney picked up 28 assists, to go with five aces and 11 digs. Bella Sterly managed four kills as Lina Guindy put together eight digs, three kills and two aces and Maggie Liberatti managed nine digs.
Both of them reached the semifinals with relative ease, Solvay sweeping no. 8 seed Mexico as Westhill did the same to no. 7 seed Jamesville-DeWitt.
In the Bearcats’ 25-18, 25-14, 25-16 victory over the Tigers, Allen served up 10 aces, plus six kills and seven digs. Bandera had 13 assists and five digs, with Gardner adding 12 assists, six digs, four kills and two aces. Thompson, Poli and Watkins put up six kills apiece. Tomoroska added six digs.
Meanwhile, Westhill got rid of J-D 25-14, 25-22, 25-23. DeGedney had 18 assists, 13 digs, four kills and two aces, while Martin and Newcomb each had nine kills, Newcomb adding 10 digs. Rodriguez had six kills and 15 digs as Guindy also got 15 digs, plus four kills and four aces. Liberatti (seven digs) and Jordan Tucker (six digs) helped out.
Marcellus, on the other hand, could not get out of the quarterfinal round, its season ending in a five-set classic against Skaneateles, the same team it lost to in five sets earlier this season.
It didn't come as a complete surprise that Marcellus won the opening set 25-16, and were poised to go up 2-0 before the Lakers forged a 25-25 tie in the second set, regained the serve and held on to it to win 27-25 and even things up.