CENTRAL SQUARE —The Cortland girls’ volleyball team hoped to head into the postseason on a high note, but it ran into the Central Square Redhawks, who defeated the Purple Tigers, 3-0, Monday evening at Paul V. Moore High School.
Both teams battled in the first set as things were even at 10-10, but the Redhawks pulled away late and took the set 25-17.
The second set was an exciting one. Central Square led 18-12 and looked to go up 2-0, but Cortland battled right back, tying the score, 20-20. Things would continue to go back-and-forth, but the Purple Tigers would lose the set 26-24.
In the third set, The Redhawks took the lead 13-12 and never allowed the Purple Tigers to gain momentum as they held them off and took the set 25-20.
“Unforced errors have been our downfall this entire season,” Cortland head coach Cheri Olson said. “Tonight was no different and I think at this point, it is starting to wear on them mentally because they know that they can do better.”
The Purple Tigers finished their regular season with a record of 6-9.
The season has been a tough one as injuries have been a factor and messed with flow of things, causing new lineups and new personnel to step up.
“It has just not been a lucky season for us,” Olson said. “It seemed like one after the other we kept having injuries and injuries that ended seasons. The second game we lost we lost Marissa (Parzynski) who was the only returning player.”
Though the Purple Tigers finished their regular season with a record below .500, they have qualified for the sectional championships and wait to learn their opponent, which should be released within the next couple days.
“I still have confidence and I am hoping by the time we play Friday, whoever it may be, if we can get a hint of what we were doing before all these things happened, we’ll be okay,” Olson said.