December 11, 2012
Cortland snatches first win
The Cortland High volleyball team won a battle of youth Monday night.
The Purple Tigers, with just two returning starters from a year ago, downed a young Syracuse CBA squad 25-16, 25-19, 18-25, 25-18 for their first win of the season after two losses, all three matches within the OHSL. The Brothers fell to 0-2, 0-3.
“We finally have our first win,” CHS coach Cheri Olson said after this Shafer Gymnasium success. “The girls have been working hard in practice and it is starting to pay off. You can tell that everyone is a lot more confident than in our first two games. We have really been focusing on the little things every day in practice and it is coming together.
“I can’t remember the last time we beat CBA, if ever. They always have a very strong team, but like us, they have a very young team. We only have the two returning starters, Katie Dovi and Megan Howard. The rest of the team is still just getting used to the quicker pace at this level.”
Senior outside hitter Amanda Edwards had 20 digs for the winners to go with seven kills and three aces. “Amanda was phenomenal on defense tonight,” Olson said. “She has come a long way and was a huge factor in our win.”
Senior middle blocker Dovi had 11 kills and an assist for Cortland, while junior setter Samantha Travis had three kills, an ace, 13 assists and eight digs and junior right side Liza Ferro five aces and eight digs.
Junior outside hitter Emma Lang had four aces, a kill and five digs, with sophomore middle blocker Jackie Hoch contributing two aces, a kill and five digs and senior libero Howard six digs.
CORTLAND JVs improved to 2-1 league and overall by beating CBA 25-20, 25-27, 25-23. Sophomore outside hitter Lyuda Levitskaya had five kills and five aces for the Purple Tigers, while sophomore outside hitter Sam Daniels had five aces and four kills and freshman outside hitter Caitlyn Ruggiero five aces and one kill.
Both CHS squads visit Jordan-Elbridge Wednesday night.
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