November 27, 2021

McGraw outlasts Cincy in 4 sets

Improving young rivals tangle in thrilling match

Katie Vartanian/contributing photographer

The McGraw and Cincy volleyball teams met Thursday night. The host Eagles won in four sets.

McGRAW –– When McGraw and Cincinnatus met Thursday night in Central Counties League volleyball action, the match was more about two rivals looking to continuing improving their efforts with young teams.

After it was over, the host Eagles had emerged with a 25-14, 25-15, 24-26, 25-14 victory over the Lions. McGraw improves to 3-4 in league action and 3-5 overall. Cincinnatus is still looking for its first win at 0-8 in the league and 0-12 overall.

McGraw played with a lot of emotion as it was Senior Night for four players. Crystin Burdick, Kaylee Streeter, Ahlexis Tetreault and Ashley White were recognized before the match began.

“The girls played very well after acknowledging all the seniors,” McGraw coach Jessyca Doran said. “It was a full gym that was full of excitement with our girls coming away with the win. The girls have come such a long way this season. We are a young team and are learning to work together. We are looking forward to the CCL tournament this Saturday at Stockbridge Valley.”

Katie Vartanian/contributing photographer

Cincinnatus’ Aubree Nate (8), Alexis Ludlow (25) and Deslinn Rutan (7) celebrate winning a point during CCL volleyball action Thursday at McGraw. It took four sets for McGraw to defeat Cincinnatus.

“Progress,” Cincinnatus coach Mallory Cobb said. “We definitely showed some progress in the third set. Although it took us a few sets to settle in and we didn’t come away with the win, we played a great third set. We showed a lot of emotion and started to move our feet. We dug balls that we weren’t even near at the beginning of the year. Now, we just need to figure out how to play like that all the time. When we can run an offense and get the sets to our hitters we are much more effective.”

Streeter had a solid effort for McGraw with 12 assists and four aces. Burdick added seven kills and five aces. White provided eight assists and two aces. Megan Stull helped out with eight kills and four aces, Jaiden Cortez had six kills and three assists while Bayley Mead added three kills and two aces.

Aubree Nate had a solid night for Cincinnatus with 12 kills, 10 digs and two blocked shots. Deslinn Rutan added 12 digs, 11 assists and six kills. Jayda Mudge delivered six digs, four kills and two aces with Alexis Aldrich having six digs and two kills. Hayley Halstrom and Vanda Sherrod each recorded two digs with Halstrom handing out seven assists.

The first set wasn’t truly decided until Stull stepped to the service line and put the ball in play for nine straight points from McGraw’s 16th to 24th point to secure the 25-14 win.

Katie Vartanian/contributing photographer

McGraw’s Kaylee Streeter dives while trying to return the ball during Thursday’s CCL volleyball match against visiting Cincinnatus while Megan Stull watches the action. The host Eagles won the match 25-14, 25- 15, 24-26, 25-14.

Stull got the first six points for the Eagles in the second set before Streeter helped McGraw earn points 10-17.

The third set saw Mudge put together a run of points 19-24 for Cincinnatus while Cortez matched with a run for points 18-24 for McGraw. Aubree Nate served the final two points to give Cincinnatus its only set win.

The fourth set saw two long runs by McGraw and one by Cincinnatus. Streeter served during points 8-14 for the Eagles and Burdick was serving during points 15-23. Sherrod had a string at the service line for points seven through 14 for Cincinnatus.

McGraw and Cincinnatus will both head to the CCL Tournament Saturday at Stockbridge Valley Central School in Munnsville. DeRuyter will make the trip as well along with Brook eld for the tournament that starts at 9:30 a.m.