January 4, 2013


Cortland positives in defeat

While final outcome wasn’t on the list, Cortland High volleyball coach Cheri Olson was able to take some positives out of her team’s 25-20, 25-20, 25-18 OHSL loss to visiting East Syracuse-Minoa Thursday night.
“Despite the loss, we played tougher than we have in the past few matches,” Olson said, her team now 2-4 in the league and 3-5 overall. “We had some phenomenal plays throughout the match that wouldn’t have happened a month ago. We are coming along. ES-M is a solid team and they have a very good middle hitter. So far this season we have been playing a lot of teams that are scrappy and that keep the ball in play at whatever cost. ES-M hits the ball well, making it a faster game than we are used to.
“I think that we did well adjusting to the speed of the game. Consistency, however, has to be our focus for the rest of the season. Player-for-player, we are very solid. For some reason we have yet to be able to figure out how to get everyone to play well at the same time.”
Senior libero Megan Howard had 16 digs for the Purple Tigers at Shafer Gymnasium, while sophomore setter Danielle Lynch had eight assists and seven digs. Senior middle blocker Katie Dovi had four kills, an ace, two blocks and two digs, junior right side Liza Ferro three kills, two aces, five digs, an assist and a block and junior outside hitter/right side Lily Carlton three kills, an ace and five digs.
Rachel Aird had 11 kills, an ace, five digs, an assist and two blocks for the Spartans (5-0, 7-1), while Kaitlyn Shaughnessy had five kills, 21 assists and an ace and Olivia Chopksie five kills and three digs.
CORTLAND JVs lost to ES-M 25-16, 25-19 and are now 3-3 league and 5-3 overall. Sophomore outside hitter Lyuda Levitskiya had five kills and freshman outside hitter Caitlin Ruggerio nine aces for the hosts.
Both CHS squads visit Fabius-Pompey Saturday in non-league action, the JV match slated to start at noon.


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