January 16, 2010


Cortland outlasts Bears

VolleyballJoe McIntyre/staff photographer
Cortland High’s Lisa Dovi (2) spikes the ball past Chittenango’s Rachel Antelmi (9) during Friday’s match at Shafer Gym.

A journey down memory lane proved to be pleasant for Cortland High volleyball coach Cheri Olson Friday night.
“The match was back-and-forth throughout its entirety,” Olson said of her squad’s 16-25, 25-21, 25-23, 17-25, 25-19 OHSL Freedom Division win over visiting Chittenango at Shafer Gym.
“This happens almost every time we play them. The Chittenango coach, Amy (Ricottilli) Simmons, was my eighth-grade coach here, so it is sort of fitting that we have split matches these past two seasons. Since this was our second matchup, we knew what to expect and adjusted accordingly.”
Junior middle back Kelly Knauerhase had 16 kills, eight digs, two aces and two blocks for the Purple Tigers, who improved to 4-5 league and 6-5 overall. Junior outside hitter Kaylee Gebhardt had a career-high 15 kills to go along with 19 digs and two aces.
Senior CHS setter Sarah Curtis had 45 assists, five kills and 19 digs, senior middle back Lisa Dovi nine kills, eight digs, two blocks and an assist, senior outside hitter Josie Roberts eight kills, 21 digs and three aces, junior outside hitter Kadi Hendriks four kills, 19 digs, three aces, two blocks and an assist and junior libero Amanda Shelley 24 digs.
“The girls have been working hard on putting the ball away this week in practice,” said Coach Olson. “Our defense and passing have been there all along, so we really focused on what we needed to do to finish more points with authority. I would say that this week’s practices showed.”
Jenna Barber and Brittney Tirabassi had 12 kills each for Chittenango (4-5, 6-6), Tirabassi also accumulating two aces, while Rachel Antelmi had nine kills, six blocks, three aces and an assist.
“It is rewarding as a coach to see the girls improving as much as they are,” Olson said of the CHS effort. “We are one win away from sectionals, and we would love to leave this season behind with a winning record.”
CORTLAND JVs lost to Chittenango 25-21, 25-19. Maddie Dorward and Katie Dovi singled out for their play in the front row, Chelsea Corson for her serving, Cassie Tollner for her defense and Kelsey Quail for her play at setter fo the Purple Tigers.
CHS is now 2-8 on the season after its fifth straight loss.
— The site of this Wednesday’s volleyball matches between Cortland High and Homer Central was incorrectly reported in Friday’s Standard. The Purple Tigers will visit their rivals, with the JV contest set to begin at 5:30 p.m.