January 27, 2012
Red Lions claim crown
The Cincinnatus volleyball team wrapped up its first Central Counties League volleyball championship in four seasons in perfect fashion Thursday night.
In beating visiting Stockbridge Valley 25-13, 25-22, 21-25, 19-25, 25-19, the Red Lions completed an 8-0 run through this winter’s league schedule and earned their first title since 2007-08, when they shared the top spot with DeRuyter.
The Rockets, meanwhile, who came into the season having won or shared seven of the last eight league crowns, beat host McGraw 25-19, 25-14, 25-22 to finish 2-6 in league play and drop the Eagles to 0-8 in the CCL.Cincinnatus 3, Stockbridge Valley 2: After winning the first two sets, the Red Lions dropped the next two to their second-place visitors. “I think the girls panicked a bit at the thought of actually losing their first match,” Cincy coach Macy Cobb said, her team now 9-0 overall. “After a little pep talk before the final set, we knew what we needed to do to win. It was a struggle to get going, but our passes began to get up to where they needed to so that we could finish the play.
Unbeknownst to the girls, Stockbridge (now 5-2 league) had won their first outing with Brookfield and had incentive to beat us tonight. Had they taken the match and beat Brookfield next week, they would have snatched a share of the league title. We just knew we wanted to finish league play undefeated.; it wasn’t just about winning the title.”
Junior middle hitter Kassidy Kievit had 15 kills, three blocks and 18 digs for the winners, while sophomore setter-outside hitter Mallory Cobb had 14 kills, seven aces and 17 assists, sophomore setter-outside hitter Danielle Wood 11 assists, sophomore middle hitter Kasey Price four aces and sophomore middle hitter Sydney Burritt three blocks and 13 digs and senior setter-outside hitter Lizi Knapp 11 digs.
Cincy finishes the regular season by visiting Hamilton this Thursday in a non-leaguer, the JV match slated to start at 5 p.m.
DeRuyter 3, McGraw 0: The Rockets improved to 4-11 overall with the win as senior middle hitter Kelsey Dunagan had seven kills and three digs, freshman middle hitter Andrea Newton six kills, six aces and two digs, junior middle hitter Nadine Newton six kills, two aces and three digs, senior setter Shannon Eckler a kill, five aces, nine assists and two digs and junior outside hitter-setter Krista Lake a kill, two aces, 11 assists and three digs. In addition, senior outside hitter Danielle Hare and junior outside hitter Whitney Wiltsey each had three kills and two digs.
“I was very happy with our team play,” DeRuyter coach Gary Burdick said. “McGraw is a much-improved team. We continue to get better every match and to be playing our best at the end of the year is great. We won’t make sectionals, but if we can finish strong against Hamilton next Tuesday (at home, with a 6 p.m. JV start) that would finish our season the right way.”
McGraw (1-15 overall) was led by senior middle hitter Kaitelyn Leonard with three kills, five aces, a block and a dig, freshman outside hitter Sarah Leach with three kills, an ace and three digs and junior setter Melissa Caufield with a kill, two assists and four digs. Sophomore right-side/outside hitter Taylor Tobias had two aces and four digs for the Eagles, while junior libero Katrina Yarboro had five digs and sophomore setter Brittany Purcell two assists and two digs.
“We played much better defensively than we normally do,” McGraw coach Kristin Cobb said. “Katrina and Taylor saved a lot of balls from hitting the floor tonight.”
The Eagles were to close out their season with a pair of non-league matches, at Manlius-Pebble Hill today and against visiting Waterville on Monday. The JVs are slated for 5:30 p.m. starts on both nights.
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