January 7, 2016
CHS captures 9th win
Joe McIntyre/staff photographer
Cortland High’s Kristin Bush bumps the ball to Manlius-Pebble Hill in the first set Wednesday at Shafer Gym.
It was more of the same Wednesday night for the Cortland High volleyball team against visiting Manlius-Pebble Hill.
The way Purple Tigers coach Cheri Olson saw it, that was a good thing.
“We played solidly,” Olson said after her team improved to 9-3 in the OHSL Freedom/Liberty Division and overall with a 25-22, 24-26, 25-22, 25-19 win over the visiting Trojans.
It was the fourth consecutive victory for CHS.
“Our passing and defense continues to be strong. We are serving tougher and making less errors at the line. I have said all year that this team has potential and that hasn’t changed. Chloe Bush has gotten better in the setting position with every match that we play,” added Olson, referring to the junior who directs the CHS attack. “As sectionals approach, we need to work more and more on our offense. That will be the key to future wins.”
Senior outside hitter Caitlyn Ruggiero sparked the attack with seven kills at the net, and also served up 11 aces to go along with six digs defensively. Senior Julia Marshall had six kills and three digs, junior outside hitter Kacie Hubbard added five kills and four aces and sophomore Natalie Gier contributed four kills.
Manlius-Pebble Hill, now 6-5 in the OHSL Patriot American Division and overall, was led by senior setter Kaylee Steiner’s 15 assists, three aces, three digs and two kills. Senior outside hitter Jordan Dunaway Barlow had seven kills, four digs and three aces and junior outside hitter Sophie Novak seven kills, three blocks and an ace.
Cortland’s teams visit Fabius-Pompey Friday, the JV match getting started at 5:30 p.m. The Falcons are atop the Patriot American standings with a 10-1 record after losing for the first time this season Wednesday night, 25-15, 25-19, 25-21 to host East Syracuse-Minoa.
CORTLAND JVs beat M-PH 25-15, 25-21 in the evening’s opening match to improve to 5-7 on the season. Freshman setter setter/rightside hitter Lashay Sullivan-Damour had eight aces, four kills and an assist fore the winners while sophomore libero/setter Leah Romer had nine assists.
“I am very proud of the way we came together as a team to come out on top,” Purple Tigers coach McKenna L’Hommedieu said.
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