January 18, 2022

Purple Tigers win streak ends at 16

Chittenango stops Cortland in 4 sets

Katie Vartanian/contributing photographer

Cortland setter Lindsey Bush (12) keeps the ball in play during Wednesday’s match. Chittenango handed the Purple Tigers their first loss of the season in a four-set match to tie for first place in the division. Alysha Wehnke (13) and Kayci Olson (15) look on.

The Cortland High girls’ varsity volleyball team has been on a great run this season in OHSL Division I.

The Purple Tigers were undefeated coming into Wednesday’s Senior Night encounter with the one team that played them the toughest all season long, but the 16-match win streak ended as Chittenango pulled out a 23- 25, 25-23, 25-23, 25-19 victory. Cortland is 8-1 in Division I play and 16-1 overall. Chittenango is 8-1 in Division I and 15-1 overall.

It ‘s no surprise that after the Dec. 10 match went to the Purple Tigers 23-25, 22-25, 25-21, 25-15, 25-21 that the rematch in Shafer Gymnasium last night would be as close.

“Tonight was a great match,” Cortland coach Cheri Olson said. “Even though we gained our first loss of the season it wasn’t for lack of trying. It could have gone either way. Chittenango plays a much faster paced game than we are used to and they really wanted redemption for our win earlier in the season. 16 and 1 is still not too shabby. We have CBA to look forward to on Friday then sectionals.”

The night began with seniors Hannah Aldrich, Lindsey Bush, Grace Call, Marissa Chierchio, Tori Cruz, Kayci Olson and Alysha Wehnke being recognized for all their years with the volleyball program. From then on it was a tooth-and-nail battle.

Olson powered Cortland with her 15 kills, 14 digs, three aces and two point blocks.

Call had a solid effort 18 assists and 13 digs. Bush and Aldrich each provided nine digs while Cruz delivered eight digs and two aces. Wehnke added one dig and one ace in her final home match to complete the seniors’ contributions. Lexi Zacek added five digs and two kills while Julia Guest had three kills.

Carolyn Myka paced the Chittenango squad with 16 assists and 13 digs. Bayla Cutrie added 10 assists, five kills and four digs with Chelsea Lamphere having 10 kills, four blocks and three aces. Sarah Martin chipped in with 10 digs and five kills. Jada Masicat recorded eight digs, four kills and four blocks. Savannah Penoyer recorded eight digs, four kills and four aces. In addition, Julianne Kent had eight digs and Lily Callahan had four digs.

Cortland will close out the regular season with an OHSL Division I match at Christian Brothers Academy Friday beginning at 7:30 p.m.

The Section 3 seeding meeting is Monday with first round play beginning Tuesday. The quarterfinals are scheduled for next Thursday with the semifinals and championship to take place during the week of Feb. 10.