January 11, 2011


Trojans, Tigers both snag wins

The Homer Central and Cortland High volleyball teams were both victorious in OHSL Freedom Division action Monday evening.
The host Trojans stayed perfect in seven league matches and improved to 8-1 overall with a 25-14, 22-25, 25-9, 25-21 win over visiting Fulton, while the Purple Tigers are now 5-3 league and overall after out-lasting host Mexico 25-18, 25-22, 18-25, 21-25, 28-26.
Homer 3, Fulton 1: “We didn’t play to our potential tonight, but did enough to get the win,” Trojans coach Brian Fox said. “In the first and third games we played great defense and ran our offense to perfection. We got sloppy in the second game and allowed them to control how we played the game. Everyone who played tonight contributed to the win.”
Alysha Camp had 19 kills, an ace and eight digs for the winners, while Katie Sinclair had 15 kills, an ace and three digs, Lauren Smith 11 kills an assist and two blocks, Taryn Heath seven kills, two aces, 42 assists and three digs and Katie Camp an ace and 23 digs. In addition, Katelyn Buchanan had three kills, three aces and seven digs and Lainne Reed an ace, an assist and seven digs.
l Homer JVs lost to Fulton 26-24, 15-25, 25-16 as Anni Wynn had four aces, two kills and five digs and Sara Yonta 11 assists and a dig.
Both Homer squads host Chitten-ango Wednesday, the JV match get-ting things underway at 5:30 p.m.
Cortland 3, Mexico 2: Kelly Knauerhase had 28 kills, 10 aces, two blocks and nine digs, Kaylee Gebhardt 15 kills and 21 digs and Zakarra Butts six kills, three aces, a block and 12 digs to lead the Purple Tigers. In addition, Jenna Gregory had three aces, personal-high 49 assists and nine digs, Kelsey Wetherell four kills, two blocks and 10 digs and Marissa Travis four kills and 10 digs.
“It seemed as though neither team ever had a lead of more than 4 points throughout any of the sets until the end,” Cortland coach Cheri Olson said. “We came out stronger the first two sets. Then, during the second set, our libero, Amanda Shelley came out due to a shoulder injury. Her teammates rely on her heavily. I think that this rattled us a little bit and we fell short the next two sets. Our middle hitters, Kelly Knauerhase and Zakarra Butts, really stepped it up and played some awesome defense.
“The entire team stepped it up during the fifth set. It was close, it was stressful, it was awesome. To win 28-26 in the fifth set in a match where we lost one of our key players speaks to the fact that this is a solid team. We started this year with confidence and in the past few matches that confidence was wavering. Now, I hope we can take the momentum from this win straight through to sectionals. I just could not be prouder of this team.”
l Cortland JVs lost to Mexico 25-20, 25-19, 15-25 to fall to 1-7, again playing without a full roster. Sam Travis had four aces and six assists, Quinn Doubet an ace (her first of the season) and four assists and Amanda Edwards three kills.
Fulton’s teams visit Cortland on Wednesday, the JV match set to begin at 5:30 p.m.

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