With the regular season now complete, the Cazenovia girls volleyball could now put all of its attention toward the most important part of its schedule.
Since only one other Class C school (Hannibal) is in the sectional tournament, so all the Lakers have to do is beat the Warriors Saturday at Jamesville-DeWitt in order to advance to the state tournament.
In order to get its tournament fix, Cazenovia invited seven other teams to Buckley Gym on Saturday for an Onondaga High School League Tournament – and proceeded to win it.
Following round-robin play, the Lakers and Homer made it to the championship round, which lasted three sets. The Trojans rallied from a 24-20 deficit to win the last six points and claim the opening set 26-24, but Cazenovia won the second set 25-19 and, in the final set, won by a 15-10 margin.
Cazenovia’s final week of regular-season competition commenced with a visit to Mexico last Monday night, where it put together an impressive 25-16, 25-22, 25-15 sweep of the Tigers.
Madison Gabor led the Lakers’ front line with 10 kills and eight digs. Dana Kiselica and Willa Mihayli-Koch each had eight digs, while Paige Schultz picked up five kills.
Amara Kattrein and Danielle Tedesco earned three kills apiece, with Tedesco adding three blocks and Kattrein five digs. Dominique Lyons and Clarese Zirbel split the back-line duties, Lyons earning 19 assists and Zirbel managing 11 assists.
Two days later, Cazenovia took on Homer at Buckley Gym. And the Lakers weren’t about to get beat on Senior Night, putting together an inspired effort to beat the Trojans in three sets.
Six seniors – Lyons, Gabor, Kattrein, Kiselica, Schultz and Maddy Ellithorpe – received Senior Night accolades. Then a pivotal opening set followed, Cazenovia going back and forth with Homer before breaking a 25-25 tie and, earning the set point, prevailing 27-25.