January 22, 2010


Rockets champs again


Joe McIntyre/staff photographer
McGraw’s Nicole Purcell bumps the ball to teammate Kaitelyn Leonard (17) in the second set of the Eagles’ five-set win over vsiting Cincinnatus Thursday night.

The DeRuyter volleyball team wrapped up its sixth straight Central Counties League championship Thursday night with a 13-25, 25-19, 25-17, 29-27 win over visiting second-place Brookfield.
Host McGraw outlasted Cincinnatus 20-25, 25-19, 21-25, 2519, 25-22 in another league match.
DeRuyter 3, Brookfield 0: The Rockets finished the league season at 7-1 and improved to 9-4 overall with the win, while Brookfield fell to 5-3, 10-4. “After a slow start, we got rolling in the second game,” DeRuyter coach Gary Burdick said. “Brookfield is pretty touch, tougher than the first time we played them (a Beavers home victory). They’ve always been a good defensive team, and they’re getting better offensively. I’m proud of the girls; they did a good job, stuck with it and hung in there.”
Kayla Hampton had nine digs, eight aces, six kills and 16 assists for the winners, while Weslee Eckler had three aces, a kill and 21 assists, Amber Slocum four aces, 15 kills and 2 blocks and Bridget Way two aces and 11 kills.
The Rockets visit Faith Heritage on Monday and Fabius-Pompey Friday in non-league matches.
McGraw 3, Cincinnatus 2: “Kierra Mack played her best defense of the season tonight and it couldn’t have come at a better time as she was making diving up after up,” Eagles coach Bryan Patterson said, his team finishing 4-4 league and now 4-7 overall. “Also, Nicole Law played through an ankle injury when I thought she might not even play at all and sparked the team. I couldn’t have been prouder of my girls and they way they fought back.”
Kristen Guy had a career-high 26 assists, three aces and seven digs for McGraw, while Courtney Tillotson had seven aces and 13 digs, both career highs, Kaitlyn Leonard a career-high seven kills and Mack a career-high 18 digs. Lisa Wild-Gingeleski had nine kills, three aces, four digs and a block for the Red Lions (2-5, 2-11), while Mallory Cobb had 11 digs, an ace, 10 assists and two kills.