All through this season, the local balance of power in girls volleyball has shifted, away from Marcellus and toward newer outposts like Solvay and Westhill, and last week's action did little to change that dynamic.
Off a huge win over defending Class B champion Skaneateles on Oct. 3, the Bearcats had little trouble last Tuesday in a 25-8, 25-15, 25-20 sweep of Bishop Grimes, which proved a welcome respite after the close wins over Marcellus and Skaneateles.
Rebecca Langdon dished out 13 assists, with Heather Thompson picking up six kills. Michaela Marotti (six digs) and Gina Frost (five digs) played strong defense as Lauren Bandera earned five aces and three kills. Jackie Gardner also had three aces.
Thursday’s match with LaFayette proved more difficult. After easily winning the first two sets 25-13 and 25-17, the Bearcats lost the third set 25-15, but shook that off and finished the Lancers 25-17 in the fourth set.
Jackie Allen, with 11 kills and 12 digs, and Thompson, with nine kills, led Solvay’s front line. Monica Watkins added six kills as Bandera mixed together 21 blocks, six kills and five aces. Gardner had 14 assists and 14 digs, with Juila Tomoroska also getting 14 digs.
Westhill was back on the court Thursday night, easily dismissing Fowler 25-14, 25-10, 25-13. Annaleigh Gedney had eight aces to go with her 21 assists as Melissa Newcomb and Bella Sterly each got six kills. Delaney Martin added five kills and three aces as Xiomara Rodriguez added three aces. Lina Guindy (six digs, two kills, two assists) and Maggie Liberati (five digs) played strong defense.
Another sign of Marcellus’ struggles came in last Tuesday night’s four-set defeat to that same LaFayette team that would lose to Solvay on Thursday. The Mustangs, beaten badly in the first set 25-13, pulled out a 26-24 seconds set, but the Lancers reclaimed control from there, winning the next two sets 25-16 and 25-21 to take the match.