January 5, 2016

Purple Tigers’ streak grows

SYRACUSE — The Cortland High volleyball team made it three wins in a row and five victories in its last six matches Monday night with a 25-12, 21-25, 25-22, 25-23 win over host Faith Heritage.
Senior middle blocker Julia Marshall had 16 kills, three aces and a dig for the Purple Tigers, now 8-3 in the OHSL Freedom/Liberty League. Junior setter Chloe Bush had 32 assists, five digs and two kills, junior outside hitter Kristin Bush 20 digs, four kills and two aces, senior outside hitter Caitlyn Ruggiero nine kills, seven aces and seven digs and junior outside hitter Kacie Hubbard five aces, two kills and two digs.
Senior outside hitter/blocker Sheba Jackson had 10 kills, four aces and an assist for Faith Heritage, which fell to 4-7 in the Patriot American Division and overall, while sophomore outside hitter Addie Frederick had five kills and two assists.
“Faith Heritage is another team that is really good at keeping the ball in play,” Cortland coach Cheri Olson said. “They have one really strong hitter/blocker and the rest of the team is extremely scrappy.
“After coming out very strong in the first set, we let down in the second. I keep telling the girls that no matter how much you win by, the other team is not just going to stop playing and let you have it. They want to win just as much as you do,” she added. “We have to fight for every point. When we can do that for an entire match the season will be a success. Caitlyn played really well and Julia is having a great senior year.”
CORTLAND JVs lost to Faith Heritage 25-21, 26-24 and are now 4-7.
“Faith Heritage played better defense and we fell behind early on in the games with small errors,” CHS coach McKenna L’Hommedieu said. “We hope to work out the mistakes and play as a team in upcoming matches.”
Both Purple Tiger squads host Manlius-Pebble Hill Wednesday, the JV match slated to get things started at 5:30 p.m.

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