December 16, 2008


This early showdown goes DeRuyter’s way

Host DeRuyter Central captured the season’s first battle of defending Central Counties League volleyball co-champions Monday evening, downing Cincinnatus in four games 25-16, 26-28, 25-14, 25-22.
The DeRuyter boys’ basketball team, meanwhile, stayed unbeaten in three CCL games and six contests overall with a 69-19 romp over host McGraw.
DeRuyter 3, Cincinnatus 1: Weslee Eckler served for 11 straight points in the first game as the Rockets got off to an 11-1 start and never looked back. After the Red Lions won the second game, DeRuyter came back strong in the third game and hung on in the fourth to improve to 2-0 in league play and 3-2 overall. Cincy is now 1-1 league and 4-2 overall.
“After we dominated the first game we slacked off in the second, making a lot of service errors, while they played better with better passing,” Rockets coach Gary Burdick said. “We picked it up in the third game, took care of the ball and passed well with not too many service errors,, and outlasted them in the fourth game.”
“We got off to a very slow start,” Red Lions coach Macy Cobb said. “The second set was better, but we struggled from the service line and didn’t really find our rhythm. We didn’t get any offense going in the third set and in the fourth, despite holding the lead for a majority of the time, we were unable to finish it.”
Eckler finished with 13 aces, seven kills and 12 assists for DeRuyter, while Jen Cizenski had two aces, four kills, two blocks and 12 assists, Samantha Moade 14 kills and a block, Bridget Way four aces and five kills and Morgan Mierke an ace and four kills. No individual stats were reported for Cincy.
DeRuyter hosts Hamilton Wednesday in a non-league match, while Cincy hosts league opponent Stockbridge Valley on Wednesday.
DeRuyter 69, McGraw 19: The Rockets got off the a fast start, leading 22-3 after one quarter, and cruised from there. McGraw fell to 0-3 in league play and 0-4 overall.
“We have a lack of experience and basic fundamentals,” Eagles coach Corey Wilson said. “We weren’t able to control the ball, and there’s also a lack of chemistry.”
Ethan Grime and Eric Russell scored 10 points each for the winners, while Cody Brown also had 10 points to pace McGraw. The Eagles had 22 total rebounds, led by David Tobias. No individual stats were reported.
— McGraw JVs evened their record at 2-2 with a 45-43 win as Matt Kenyon led the way with 28 points. No further information was reported.
Both teams are home Thursday for league games, DeRuyter against Otselic Valley and McGraw against Madison.