January 10, 2014


Slump halted by CHS

SlumpJoe McIntyre/staff photographer
Cortland HIgh’s Chelsea Vallilee (6) spikes the ball to Pulaski in the first set Thursday at Shafer Gym. CHS pulled out a four-set victory.

After a slow start, the host Cortland High volleyball team came back to break a two-match losing streak by downing Pulaski 12-25, 25-22, 25-16, 25-19.
“This was the third match of the week for us, and despite the snow days the girls looked tired out there to start this match,” Purple Tigers coach Cheri Olson said, her team now 6-4 in the OHSL Freedom/Liberty Division and overall. “As the match went on we really picked it up and things looked a little brighter. Sam Daniels and Lyuda Levitskaya played really well together on the outside. Those two work really well together and you can see it on the court.”
Junior Daniels had eight kills and six digs, while classmate Levitskaya had seven kills, four digs and two assists.
“The middles were doing a great job finding open court,” Olson said. “Jackie Hoch had six kills while Chelsea Vallilee continues her streak with nine kills, two blocks and three aces. Danielle Lynch had her work cut out for her and ended up with 30 assists and six digs. Kayla Holl was also impressive with 23 digs from the back row.”
Senior right side Clare Bardsley also had seven figs and two assists for the victors.
Megan Jennings had 15 kills, two blocks and an ace for Pulaski (4-3), while Ashley Monroe had five kills, 20 assists, six digs and an ace.
“We keep getting better every match, and every match the girls impress me with how far each of them has come this year,” Olson said.
Cortland’s busy week began with a 25-21, 25-12, 10-25, 25-13 loss to host Tully on Monday before falling Onondaga Central 25-18, 25-22, 18-25, 21-25, 25-23 on Wednesday. Both of those CHS foes were undefeated.
“Playing two undefeated teams back-to-back would be rough for any team,” Olson said. “After losing to Tully we were determined to take down OCS. We ended up two points short in the third set, and it was a bit heartbreaking. The girls played really well and were ahead for most of that fifth set; we just couldn’t quite finish.”
Junior middle blocker Ali Bustamante had seven kills, a block and an ace for the Purple Tigers, while senior Vallilee had 12 kills, four blocks and an ace. In addition to those two, Olson also cited junior outside hitter Caitlyn Ruggerio (seven kills, 12 aces and 15 digs) and senior libero Holl (18 digs) for their play.
CORTLAND JVs lost to Pulaski 25-20, 25-22, freshman middle blocker Cassandra Marks with four aces in the first set.
Both Cortland squads visit Altmar-Parish-Williamstown this coming Monday, the junior varsity match getting things started at 5:30 p.m.
— Cortland High basketball squads are in action this evening, the girls playing host to East Syracuse-Minoa at Shafer Gymnasium while the boys will play at ES-M in OHSL Freedom Division match-ups.


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