ESM volleyball wins first sectional title since 1987

Spartans rally from two sets down, beat Oneida in Class A final

— And this led to the fifth set, which mirrored the entire match. Oneida led through the early portion, at one point stretching the Spartans' deficit to 13-8, which forced ESM's first-year head coach, Denise Clark, to use a time-out.

Back on the front line, Aird's big hits keyed ESM's 6-1 spurt to tie it, 14-14. It went back and forth from there, but Lobello's pair of aces helped the Spartans move ahead for keeps, and with a 5-1 run, it ended 25-20, and so ended the long ESM wait for a sectional title.

Overall, Aird had 24 kills and 12 digs, while Canorro offered steady support with 14 kills and Kate Mangovski managed six kills. Lobello fed all of them with her 46 assists as Nina Pugonga put up seven digs, with Kim Donato and Halle Benjack each earning six digs.

On Oneida's side, Summer Lancette, with 13 kills and 21 digs, and Matteson Mair, with nine kills, paced the front line, with Erica Kristan managing 38 assists and 16 digs. Sarah Pickard had 14 assists and 17 digs as Dakota DeCuffa had 14 digs, four aces and four kills. Paige Pickard got four kills and three blocks.

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