December 18, 2012
Cortland thriving at Shafer
“Home, sweet home” is a phrase that certainly applies to the Cortland High volleyball team.
The Purple Tigers swept Jordan-Elbridge 25-17, 25-23, 25-23 Monday night to improve to 2-3 in the OHSL and overall this season, with both their wins coming at home and all three losses on the road. CHS also was able to earn some revenge for last Wednesday’s five-set loss at J-E , which fell to 1-2 league and 3-3 overall.
“The phrase ‘home-court advantage’ is starting to take on a new meaning for us this year,” Cortland coach Cheri Olson said. “I think that it is great that the girls step up for the home games. They really played well tonight. The passing was consistent. which allowed our hitters to gain confidence when swinging.”
Senior outside hitter Amanda Edwards had seven kills, 11 digs defensively and served up an ace to lead Cortland. Junior Lily Carlton added eight kills, seven digs and an ace, while Coach Olson called junior Chelsea Vallilee “a wall at the net” with four blocks and two kills to go along with a pair of aces.
Sophomore setter Danielle Lynch ran the CHS offense well with 17 assists, and also picked up two kills, four digs and ace. In addition, CHS senior middle blocker Katie Dovi had three kills, three aces, two digs and a block.
Playing the same team twice in a row has its advantages, according to Olson.
“It was nice to play the same team twice in a row,” she said. “It gave us the advantage of knowing exactly what to expect. We started with the momentum and never looked back for the rest of the match.
“Things are starting to come together. Let’s hope that it continues on Wednesday when we are away,” she added, CHS visiting Bishop Grimes in a non-leaguer, the JV match starting at 5:30 p.m.
Kali Kimak had four kills, 11 digs, two assists and an ace for the Eagles, while Brienna Fabrize had 10 digs and Olivia Simmons a kill, four assists and three digs.
CORTLAND JVs improved to 3-2 by sweeping Jordan-Elbridge 25-6, 25-14, also reversing a two-set loss from last week. Sophomore outside hitter Sam Daniels had seven aces, sophomore setter Shelina Carrion six aces and sophomore outside hitter Lyuda Levitskiya six kills for the winners, Daniels and Levitskiya also cited for their defensive play.
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