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Girls volleyball Bees roll to AA title again

B'ville sweeps West Genny, returns to state playoffs

— And though the Bees only had two aces, Meghann Smith still set up many points with her strong serves, and also contributed 33 assists as Lexi Lagoy added seven kills and four blocks, with Melissa Voyer also getting seven kills and Rachel Aiello adding five kills.

WG put up its best fight in the third set, constantly answering the Bees' points and tying it three times, including 13-13. When the Wildcats pulled within 21-20, Cerqua called a rare time-out, and B'ville promptly got three straight points before Voyer's kill ended the set, 25-21, and gave her side another sectional crown.

As B'ville's girls prepared for Saturday's regional final at C-NS against Section II champion Shenendehowa, the boys Bees also went after a sectional title, only to lose in three sets to top seed and defending champion Oswego.

That it was a sweep was a bit of a surprise, given that B'ville and Oswego had played twice in the regular season, splitting those matches, and and both were five-set clasics decided by just four points apiece.

But the Bees entered the sectional final short-handed, as 6-foot-5 hitter Dalton Mahan had to sit out with an ankle injury. Against a Buccaneers front line that features Zach Gillard, any sort of handicap made things more difficult.

Briefly ahead 2-1 in the opening set, B'ville soon gave that up as Oswego went on a 6-1 run to move in front for good. From there, the Bees were in catch-up mode, falling behind as many as nine points before the Bucs closed it out by a 25-18 margin.

Then the Bees never led in the second set, Oswego roaring to a 10-3 lead. From there, B'ville never got closer than three points, 18-15, and lost that set in yet another 25-18 decision.

Determined to extend the match, B'ville roared to a 10-5 lead in the third set, and then traded points until, at 15-11, Oswego made its decisive move, rattling off seven unanswered points to take the lead for good.

Again, the Bees were unable to put together a similiar spurt, and the Bucs won a third straight 25-18 set to earn back-to-back sectional titles.

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