Through a wild final week of the regular season, girls volleyball teams from Solvay, Westhill and Marcellus would interact with each other on the court, providing a preview of the battles ahead in the Section III Class B fall playoffs.
And it all culminated Thursday night with the Bearcats, 5-11 a season ago, locking up the OHSL Liberty American division title with a dramatic comeback to beat the Warriors in five sets.
All looked fine for Westhill as, in front of the home crowd, it rolled through the first set 25-15 and won the second set 25-21. But Solvay, just two points from getting swept, pulled out the third set 25-23, and used that momentum to control the fourth set 25-17 and pull out the final set 25-20.
Jackie Allen, with 13 kills, four aces and 21 digs, led the Bearcats comeback. Heather Thompson also had 13 kills, adding eight digs, four aces and four assists, while Brenna Poli managed six kills.
On the back line, Solvay libero Juila Tomoroska saved points with her 37 digs, adding seven aces. Lauren Bandera, with 23 assists and 12 digs, and Jackie Gardner, with 13 assists, 12 digs and five kills, shared the other duties.
Westhill, in defeat, saw Annaleigh Gedney earn 24 assists, 17 digs, four kills and three aces. Delaney Martin added 31 digs as Lina Guindy had 17 digs to go with five kills. Xiomara Rodriguez had 12 digs and seven kills as Bella Sterly got eight kills and six digs, and Melissa Newcomb added seven kills and nine digs. Maggie Liberatti managed five aces and seven digs.
Before all that, it was Marcellus cooling down the Warriors in four sets last Tuesday night, winning each of the first two sets by 25-21 margins before dropping the third set 25-23, only to rebound and close it out 25-18 in the fourth set.