CENTRAL NEW YORK — Each of the area’s high school girls volleyball teams just kept playing games, while others kept bouncing around in the schedule.
East Syracuse Minoa had a 9-2 record in last Wednesday’s game against Vernon-Verona-Sherrill, where the Spartans beat the Red Devils 25-22, 26-24, 21-25, 25-20 in four hard-fought sets.
Margaret Mading had 15 more kills to lead the ESM frontline. Laura Sitnik had eight kills, with Emma Talarico (five kills), Autumn Stoia (four kills) and Lily Talarico (three kills) also contributing to the front line.
Natalie Peterson passed it all on, finishing her night with 29 assists. Morgan Ransom got 14 digs, a number that rivaled Sitnik, as Mading had six digs and Arianna Costanzo had eight.
Then it was ESM meeting Christian Brothers Academy on Saturday afternoon. The Brothers won the opening set 25-21, but the Spartans took the next three sets 25-12, 25-16 and 25-17.
Peterson improved her total to 32 assists, passing it on to Mading, who had 11 kills, and Sitnik, who got 10 kills and 12 digs. Stoia added six kills while Ransom contributed eight digs.
Before that, CBA met Fabius-Pompey last Tuesday night and were close in each of the first two sets, only to drop them 25-22 and 25-21.
The Brothers extended the game by winning the third set 25-19, but the Falcons finished it off 25-14 in the fourth, beating Makenna Schultz’s 14 assists and four kills.
Grace Catalano got six kills and seven digs, while Mia Merola recorded 16 digs. Lily Genecco and Josie Hakizimana had three kills each, Hakizimana added three aces while Georgia Brown earned four assists.
What followed, in Thursday’s game against Chittenango, was a great opportunity that was lost for the Brothers as they failed to hold onto the lead of two sets and lost to the Bears in five.
A first set 25-17 win was followed by the Brothers claiming a narrow second set 25-23. However, instead of getting demoralized, the Bears began to climb back by winning the third set 25-15.
Then CBA came within two points of victory in the fourth, but a resilient Chittenango squad pulled it out, 26-24, and carried that momentum into the final set, where it rolled 25-13 to claim the game.
Schultz finished with 25 assists, six blocks and eight digs, with Catalano managing 16 kills and six aces. Madeline Massa got six kills while Merola produced 15 digs.
Lily Callahan led the Bears and racked up 15 assists, six kills, four aces and 14 digs, aided by Ashley Montroy, who got 14 assists, 10 digs, four kills and three aces. Up front, Jackie Korosex led by 10 kills. Taylor Streif had 15 digs while Stephanie Huckabee and Rachel Gilbert together contributed 29 digs and Cara Kielbasa contributed 13 digs.
Manlius-Pebble Hill faced DeRuyter last Friday to win the opening set 25-20, then the Rockets recovered to win the next three sets 25-19, 25-18 and 25-9 to win the game when the Trojans fell to 3-7 .