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Solvay volleyball conquers Marcellus in four sets

Mustangs push Skaneateles to five; Westhill still unbeaten

The dynamic of Solvay’s girls volleyball rivalry with Marcellus had, for a long time, tilted in favor of the Mustangs as it piled up one Section III title after another.

Perhaps things are changing in the other direction, though, as in last Tuesday night’s clash the Bearcats prevailed over Marcellus in four sets.

Solvay got off to the ideal start, rolling through the first set 25-15, only to see the Mustangs dominate the second set 25-12 and appear to gain control.

But the Bearcats would throttle Marcellus 25-11 in the third set, and then carry that confidence over to the fourth set, where it won 25-20 to close out the match.

Lauren Bandera was quite active on the back line, picking up 17 assists and 16 digs, while Jackie Gardner amassed seven assists, six digs, five aces, four kills and three blocks. Brenna Poli and Julie Tomoroska both had 10 digs.

Up front, Heather Thompson led with 10 kills, while Jackie Allen finished with seven kills and seven digs. Marcellus, in defeat, saw Kayla Bryant dish out 19 assists, mostly to Anna Smith, who had 10 kills. Brittney Valentine picked up 15 digs and Jennie Delia managed 10 digs.

Somehow, Marcellus turned this around and nearly upset defending Class B champion Skaneateles on Thursday night, only to fall to the Lakers in five sets.

After losing the first set 25-19, the Mustangs won the next two sets by narrow margins of 25-22 and 26-14. Somehow, Skaneateles absorbed all this, pulled even with a 25-19 fourth set, and won the final set 25-15.

Valentine, with 19 digs, and Delia, with 13 digs, played superb defense next to Bryant, who recorded 19 assists. Kristin Field earned six aces. Suzanna Sylcox managed 10 kills and six digs, with Smith and Zoe Higgins each getting five kills. Skaneateles featured, on its balanced front line, Malorie Olin (14 kills), Mia Campanile (12 kills) and Natalie Roche, who had 11 kills and 12 digs.

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