After winning the first two sets Monday night, the Cortland High volleyball team needed to pick things up late to score a 25-14, 26-24, 21-25, 23-25, 25-22 non-league win over visiting Syracuse CBA.
“We came out strong and were putting balls away offensively in the first set,” Purple Tigers coach Cheri Olson said. “We were ahead most of the second set, but not by much. CBA came back and won the next two sets as we couldn’t get anything going. We weren’t necessarily playing poorly, we just weren’t being aggressive.
“We were down for the entire fifth set until the very end. At one point it was tied 21-21. Finally, when it counted most, we got that intensity that was lacking in the previous sets. Fortunately it was enough,” she added.
Natalie Gier had a dozen kills, an ace and a block for Cortland (3-2 overall) in the Shafer Gymnasium victory, while Grace Call contributed 10 kills and two digs. In addition, Kayci Olson and eight kills, nine blocks and four aces, Kristin Bush 35 digs, five kills and two aces, Chloe Bush 30 assists and nine digs and Kacie Hubbard 18 digs, six kills and an ace.
Syracuse CBA (3-2 overall) got six kills, six digs, five blocks and an ace from Sydney Congel, 18 digs, two kills and an ace from Kristen DiLorenzo, 16 assists, an ace and a dig from Anna Jenkins and seven digs and one kill from Marina Hatem.
CORTLAND JVs are also 3-2 after beating CBA 27-25, 25-20.
Hannah Aldrich had 11 digs and eight aces and McKenna Snyder six digs and three aces for CHS. Lillian Quick was credited with keeping the hosts alive in the first set, which ended with an ace by Alyssa Wehnke. Shelbee Wilcox aced the match-winning point.
The Purple Tiger teams were to visit Weedsport today in league play, the JV match slated to start at 5:30 p.m.