February 7, 2011
Mission accomplished for reserved Trojans
It was mission accomplished for Homer Central Saturday, but the celebration was a reserved one.
The Trojans swept visiting Chittenango easily by scores of 25-6, 25-14, 25-9 to finish a perfect OHSL Freedom Division volleyball season at 14-0. The victory also earned Homer (17-1 overall) the top seed for the Section 3 Class A Tournament that gets underway Tuesday.
Homer and second-seed Watertown (12-3) received first-round byes. The Trojans will meet the winner of the Tuesday’s first-round match between ninth-seed Cortland (8-7) and eighth-seed Chittenango (9-8) at a date to be determined.
“The celebration was nice and tempered,” Homer coach Brian Fox said. “It was nice to be undefeated, but the girls still have the ultimate goal which was on their minds more, winning sectionals. Last year, it was exciting to win that first league title. It is nice to win the league title two straight years, but the girls want to go on and accomplish so much more.
“We’re not sure if we do have the number one seed,” he added before Sunday’s seeding meeting. “Watertown is dropping down into Class A and I know nothing about them. We should be the top seed, but you don’t know until the committee finally says you are. We also have to see what will happen with our first match. We should get the bye and we are suppose to play Thursday, but there are basketball games scheduled for Thursday and Friday. ”
The Class A semifinals are slated for Feb. 15 or 16 at neutral sites. The title match is Feb. 19 at 7 p.m. at Jamesville-DeWitt High School.
As for the rigors of going undefeated in league play, Fox offered these thoughts.
“It is tough getting up for every match, but you have to do it,” he explained. “Everyone is gunning for you each night. You have a big target on your back the longer you stay undefeated. The girls handled it well and did what they had to do each match. We picked each other up and everyone really stepped up and knew their roles.”
As for Saturday’s effort, Alysha Camp led the way with 10 kills, six digs and one ace. Taryn Heath delivered 26 assists, three aces, one kill and one dig. Katie Sinclair recorded eight kills, one block and one dig with Katie camp having 11 digs and five aces. Lauren Smith chipped in with six kills and one block, Katelyn Buchanan notched four digs, two kills and one ace, Karley Brown added four kills and one assist with Lainne Reed having two digs.
— Homer JVs wrapped up their season with a 25-7, 25-19, 25-13 win over Chittenango. The Trojan JVs finish the season with a 14-5 record.
“It was a very good season,” Homer coach Jeremy Cook said. “Our second-year players played outstanding and really showed improvement. The new kids really adjusted well to playing at the JV level from the modified level.”
Emily Cottrell was among those improved players mentioned by Cook, finishing with six digs, three aces and a kill. Sara Yonta led the way with a season-high 17 assists, two digs, one ace and one kill. Hannah McEvoy added six digs and two aces while Mikayla MacNeil delivered three kills, two aces, one block and one dig.
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