January 27, 2022

Cincinnatus earns sweep of McGraw

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CINCINNATUS — The Cincinnatus girls volleyball team bounced back after a tough loss to Stockbridge Valley on Dec. 22 and swept the visiting McGraw Eagles, 3-0, Monday evening.

The Lions cruised in each set, winning the first 25-12, the second 25-10 and the third 25-12.

“We had a very heartbreaking loss against Stockbridge, but it was nice to come back strong and play the way they did,” Cincinnatus head coach Becky Merihew said. “I am really proud of them.”

After Cincinnatus took a 1-0 lead, McGraw stuck around early in the second set, as the Lions led 5-3. Cincinnatus then went on a 9-2 run to take a 14-5 lead, but the Eagles kept battling and went on a 4-0 run of their own to make it 14-9. The Lions, however, proved to be too much for the Eagles and closed out the set with a 11-1 run to get the point.

In the third set, McGraw got off to an early 9-5 lead as it looked to avoid the sweep. But Cincinnatus battled right back, took a 10-9 lead, and did not allow the Eagles to regain it on their way to the 13-point set victory.

Merihew was proud of the performance of her team, especially against a rival like McGraw.

“It was nice to see them play well together,” Merihew said. “I made a few changes with middles and outsides which I thought went fantastic. The girls transitioned well together and it looked like they were having fun.”

Cincinnatus has a lot of matches left on the schedule after a light early schedule. With COVID-19 picking up in the winter months, every game counts and gives the Lions a chance to go out there and perform at a high level and make a run at a sectional title.

“It (playing) is everything,” Merihew said. “We have 15 days of matches this month. It is important for us to get some actual competition and get us prepared for postseason play. I really believe these girls can make a good run.”

Caitlin St. Germaine had a big night for the Lions with 19 assists, nine aces, three kills and one block. Allyson St. Germaine added 13 kills and one ace. Shannon Ryan notched two aces and four kills. Payton Gerrard had four aces, one assist and one dig. Jayda Mudge had four kills and one ace. Layla Aiken had four aces and Kaylee Brenchley had one ace and a kill.

Next up for the Lions is a non-league match at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday on the road against Faith Heritage.

McGraw’s next match is a nonleague tilt at 7 p.m. Wednesday against Weedsport.


Olivia Lidell had seven assists to lead DeRuyter in defeat. The Rockets lost the sets 25-15, 25-21, 25-19. Lidell also had two aces and two digs.

Abriana Whitt added five digs and an assist. Keely Worlock notched three kills and three digs. Emma Denkenberger chipped in two kills, two aces, two digs and a block and Neveah Woods had two kills and two blocks. Kelsey Brown (2 kills, 1 ace), Madelyn Pforter (1 kill, 1 dig), Jillian Race (1 dig) and Emily Elwood (1 dig) also contributed for the Rockets.


Jamesville-Dewitt at Cortland, 7:30 p.m.
Phoenix at Homer, 6:30 p.m. Dryden at Whitney Point, 7 p.m.

Cortland at Jamesville-Dewitt, 6:45 p.m.
Homer at Hannibal, 6:30 p.m.
McGraw at Hamilton, 5:30 p.m.
Whitney Point at Dryden, 7 p.m.
Cincinnatus at Canastota, 5:30 p.m.
LaFayette at Tully, 7 p.m.

Cortland/Homer at Oswego, 7 p.m.

Cortland vs. CBA/J-D, 6 p.m. at Jamesville-Dewitt High School

Elmira Heights at Marathon, 4 p.m.