October 28, 2021

Purple Tigers win, set up showdown tilt for first place

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The Cortland High girls’ varsity volleyball team has put itself on the verge of locking up the OHSL Division I title.

The Purple Tigers won a three set match against Pulaski Monday inside Shafer Gymnasium to improve to 8-0 in OHSL Division I play and remain perfect at 16-0 overall. The win sets up a huge showdown in Shafer Gymnasium Wednesday when Chittenango comes to town for a 6:30 p.m. showdown. The Bears are 5-1 in Division I action and 12-1 overall. Cortland won a Dec. 10 five set match at Chittenango 23-25, 22-25, 25-21, 25-15, 25-21.

They are the closest threat to the Purple Tigers in the division. If the match doesn’t have enough potential drama, it will be Senior Night for the Purple Tigers.

Cortland had a tough first set against Pulaski (1-5 Division I, 3-8 overall) but won the set 25-21. The Purple Tigers took the next two sets 25-12 and 25-12.

“We came out a little slowly tonight,” Cortland coach Cheri Olson said. “Pulaski brought a crowd with them. Everyone wants to take us down this year. Thankfully we brushed off the first set and dominated the second two. This has been a great season so far, but Wednesday is going to be the test. Chittenango is going to be a tough rematch, especially on Senior Night.”

Grace Call had a solid match for Cortland with 13 assists, 12 digs and two aces. Kayci Olson added 14 kills, four digs and three aces. Lindsey Bush provided six digs, four aces, three kills and two point blocks. Tori Cruz delivered five aces and five digs. Alysha Wehnke added four digs and two digs with three point blocks from Julia Guest, two kills from Lexi Zacek and two digs from Kylie Davie.