November 30, 2012
Purple Tigers have rough debut
CHITTENANGO — It was a tough season-opening loss and a learning experience for the Cortland High volleyball squad on Thursday.
The Purple Tigers traveled to Chittenango, where the host Bears posted a 25-15, 25-10, 25-19 sweep on their home court.
“This was a rough way to start the season,” Cortland coach Cheri Olson said. “With only two returning starters, one of which is playing a new position, I think that nerves and inexperience got the best of us last night.
“Chittenango was, and always is, a very consistent team,” she added. “They are scrappy and keep the ball in play.”
The toughest part for Olson’s squad was generating offensive opportunities against the Bears.
“We have a stronger offense than we have had in a long time,” she said. “The problem is if you can’t pass you don’t get the opportunities to hit, and that is what happened last night. Chittenango racked up the aces and we dug holes for ourselves early in the first two sets.
“On a positive note, the subs from the bench who went in did a great job and are the reason we put up a better fight in game three,” Olson added.
Cortland sophomore setter Danielle Lynch came off the bench and got eight assists and two aces. Lily Carlton was consistent throughout the match with four kills and two aces. Middle blockers Katie Dovi and Chelsea Vallilee earned three kills apiece. Senior Emily Ross also had three kills.
“While this is an unfortunate loss, it also tells us exactly what we need to work on to get ready for the rest of the season,” she continued. “Now that the first match is out of the way, the nerves will settle and we can move forward working hard,” Olson said.
Chittenango was led by Meg Arnold with eight assists and three aces. Katrina Farsaci added eight digs and two kills with additional help coming from Emily gibbons (seven assists, three kills), Maddie Seguin (seven kills) and Gabby Loftus (six aces, four kills, four blocks).
CORTLAND JVs lost the opening sets Chittenango 25-20 and 25-17 before salvaging the day with a 25-23 win in the third set. Caitlyn Ruggier had five aces and a kill in that third set for CHS, while Sam Daneils had two kills and Ali Bustamante four digs on the day.
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