The next stop for the Oswego High School boys’ varsity volleyball team will be the Section III Class AA championship encounter against Baldwinsville on Wednesday at 6 p.m. at Cicero-North Syracuse High School.
On Thursday night before an enthusiastic crowd the Bucs won their 15th match of the season in a three-game sweep of Cicero-North Syracuse.
However, the first game could have turned the tide for the visitors. In a classic tussle the two teams battled right to the end as the Bucs gained a 28-26 victory. In the waning moments CNS had two close calls that could have changed the complexion of the game.
Entering the second game the NorthStars appeared to carry over some of the emotion from those first game late calls and the Bucs built a lead that at one time was 21-13. CNS battled back, but it wasn’t enough with Oswego winning 25-18.
In the third game the NorthStars kept it close as Oswego gave up numerous points in errant serves to allow the CNS squad to remain in contention.
However after it was 12-12 Oswego went on a run to build the advantage to 22-15. Dylan Lavner was able to dominate at the front line with key kills along with a solid net effort by Zach Gillard as well as key point from Tom Dillon.
CNS battled back and closed to 22-17 by virtue of several missed serves by the Bucs.
However, in the end Gillard powered a game winning kill for a 25-20 victory and extend the Bucs season.
On Thursday at Powers Gym Lavner finished up with 13 kills, a block and four digs. Josh Carney had 34 assists, two kills, five digs and two aces while Dillon had six kills, two blocks, seven digs and three aces. Zach Gillard ended the night with 11 kills, two blocks, four digs and two aces and Riley had six kills and two blocks. Josh Costo added six digs while Jeremy Galvin had four digs, Logan Krass a kill, Nate Miller two assists and Dan O’Brian two digs.
Pre-season many of the coaches had talked about the Baldwinsville Bees, but Oswego coach Mike Shea noted that his team has come together in a cohesive way.
However, he stressed that the Bucs need to play an entire game every time out to be successful.
The next stop will be at CNS for the right to advance to the state competition which is scheduled to begin late next week at Elmira Free Academy against the top team from Section IV.