December 7, 2010


Purple Tigers come out roaring

The Cortland High girls’ volleyball team got its season off to a strong start Monday evening with a 25-23, 25-18, 25-23 OHSL Freedom Division win over visiting Mexico.
“What an opener!” Purple Tigers coach Cheri Olson said. “We came to play and it showed. We just didn’t make those little mistakes tonight like we have in the past. Those add up when you let them bother you on the court. If we made an error, we fixed it right away, not letting Mexico gain the momentum. We had a solid night all around.
“The big difference was our passing. Our defense seemed to run a lot more smoothly that it has in the past. We covered everything and really communicated with each other. In the front row, we just kept swinging away. We didn’t get timid when we were down. Instead, we came back and played smarter.”
Senior middle blocker Kelly Knauerhase had 13 kills, two blocks and two aces for the winners, while junior middle blocker Zakarra Butts had five kills, two aces and four blocks, junior outside hitter Maddie Dorward five kills, two aces and four digs and junior setter Jenna Gregory 22 assists and two digs. Liz Peters had 13 kills and a block and Macy Teifke three aces, 13 assists and a block for Mexico.
“If we keep working hard, we will be able to work out any kinks that we had and keep moving forward successfully,” Olson said. “Jenna did great in her debut as starting setter. She ran the court and made things easier for our hitters. Kelly dominated with her 13 kills; she and Jenna connect really well together. Zakarra did a great job blocking. Maddie and (senior outside hitter) Kaylee Gebhardt both had great overall games. Their consistency is great on the court.”
CORTLAND JVs lost 25-11, 23-25, 25-15 to Mexico, captains Amanda Edwards and Megan Howard cited for their defense and consistent serving. Samantha Travis was also singled out for her performance as the setter.
Both Cortland teams visit Fulton Friday evening.

Trojans Match Postponed
Homer Central girls were scheduled to get the Freedom Division season underway at Fulton tonight. That road trip has been postponed because of bad weather, rescheduled for Jan. 26.


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