It was time for Baldiwnsville’s boys volleyball team to begin its CNY Counties League schedule, and it did so in impressive style, going to Central Square and claiming a 25-20, 25-18, 25-22 sweep over the Red Hawks in its season opener early this week.
Though the first and third sets were closer, the Bees still got the points that mattered, with Pat Dubiel as the focal point as he notched 15 assists to a variety of players at the net.
Charles McAllister and Mike Bernet both finished with three kills. Tyler Webber served up five aces, with Jonathan Bunn managing four aces to go with two kills. Dubiel, Corey Toscano and Delsean Griffith had two kills apiece.
But the Bees lost a five-set classic to Oswego on Thursday night, one that could prove a harbinger of future showdowns, including one for the sectional title.
The two sides scored the exact same number of points in the first four sets. B’ville won the first set 25-23, but Oswego won the second set by that same margin and then claimed the third set 25-22, only to have the Bees take the fourth set in another 25-22 decision.
Only in the final set did the Bucs get any sort of margin, winning it 25-20 as Josh Carney put together 48 assists, six blocks, three kills and two aces, while Zach Gillard amassed 30 kills, seven blocks and four digs. Pat Dillon had nine kills and four aces.
As for the Bees, Dubiel earned 30 assists, plus three kills, three aces and two digs. Dalton Mahan had 11 kills as part of a balanced front line where Bernet had eight kills, with McAllister and Toscano getting six kills apiece. Weber played strong defense, finishing with 13 digs, while Griffith had three kills and two aces.