January 4, 2012
New year, same Trojans
Photos by Bob Ellis/staff photographer
Logan McEvoy (left) and Lindsay Sears (5) leap in an attempt to block a shot by Safira Lubenovic (12) of ES-M Tuesday night. Host Homer remained unbeaten with the 25-18, 24-26, 25-15, 25-20 victory.
Though the year has changed, it was the same result for Homer Central girls on the volleyball court.
The Trojans finished 2011 with a 26-match winning streak and that count grew by one Tuesday night as they opened up 2012 with a 25-18, 24-26, 25-15, 25-20 OHSL victory over visiting East Syracuse-Minoa.
The Trojans improve to 9-0 this season, 8-0 in league matches — sparked by a decisive third set victory to gain the upper hand in a match that was all even at a set apiece. The Spartans fall to 6-5 on the season.
Senior setter Taryn Heath led Homer with 34 assists, two kills and two blocks. Junior libero Lainee Reed spent a lot of time on the floor with 20 digs. Senior middle hitter Katie Sinclair added 14 kills, eight aces, four digs and four blocks while junior middle hitter Lauren Smith chipped in with 10 kills and three blocks. Senior outside hitter Jessica Mitchell delivered nine digs and two kills and sophomore middle hitter Lindsay Sears added seven kills.
Kaitlyn Shaughnessy paced ES-M with 20 assists and three aces. Olivia Chopskie added seven kills and five digs, Melissa Azzolino 11 digs and Rachel Ard six kills.
HOMER JVS saw their six-match winning streak come to an end Tuesday as visiting East Syracuse-Minoa posted a three-set victory. The Trojans fall to 7-2 overall.
“ES-M played an extremely good match,” Homer coach Jeremy Cook said. “We were not able to get moving on offense or defense. Once we did begin to get some momentum it was too late in the match to dig back.”
Tanya Priadoun led the Trojans with eight assists, one kill and one ace. Baylee Buchanan added seven digs, Julia Brazo recorded seven assists and Mikayla McNeill had six kills, three aces and one dig.
Homer will return to OHSL action Saturday. The Trojans will travel to Mexico with a 10 a.m. start for the JV match. Cortland High girls return to OHSL play on Thursday, the Purple Tigers traveling to Mexico for their first match since the holiday break.
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