OSWEGO, NY – Every athletic team had goals and when the 2011 season commenced. The Oswego High School boys’ varsity volleyball team had just one thought in mind…”States or Bust.”
On Nov. 12, at the Jamesville-DeWitt High School gymnasium the goal was achieved as the Oswego High School boys’ varsity volleyball team earned a spot in the New York State Public High School Athletic Association semifinals.
This Saturday the Bucs will be among the elite four teams who will vie for the state crown at Cicero-North Syracuse High School. The round robin format will see the Bucs play two games against three other opponents in an effort to whittle the four team semifinal field to the championship pairing.
This past weekend, the Section III champion Bucs met Section IV titleholder Horseheads for the right to advance.
The Bucs defeated Horesheads earlier this season in a non-league match and when a berth to the final four was on the line responded accordingly.
Oswego won the first game 25-14 and the second proved to be a bit tighter with the Bucs capturing the closest game of the three by a 25-20 count. The bid to continue on in post season play was capped with a 25-17 game three victory.
For the Bucs, Kevin Carpentier had 22 assists, a block, three digs and five kills. Dylan Lavner was a monster on the front line with eight kills while adding five digs and a block. Connor Riley also had two kills and a pair of blocks while Mike Thompson chalked up seven kills, a block, two aces and seven digs.
Ryan Patrick finished with three kills, a trio of digs and an assist and ace. Jeremy Galvin had two aces and a dig while Aaron Baxter added a kill.
Brennan Richardson also had three digs and an ace. Justin Peterson had two kills and a dig, while Josh Costo also saw action.
Oswego moved to 16-1 overall and now heads into the final four for the first time in the history of the program.
The only lose came from McQuaid.
The action will begin at 10 a.m. on Saturday at CNS with Bethlehem (2) and Massapequa (8) meeting while Oswego (3) takes on defending state champion McQuaid of Rochester (5).
An hour later, at 11 a.m. Bethlehem and Oswego meet while MaQuaid and Masspequa clash. At noon it will be Oswego facing Massapequa and Bethlehem against McQuaid.
At 1 p.m. the Division 1 awards will be presented with sportsmanship, all stars and semi-finalist plaques presented.
The Division 2 state match with Victory (5) and Eastport Manor South (11) begins at 2 p.m. with the best three of five games while at 4 p.m. will be the Division 1 State Championships.
Tickets will be $8 at the door and can also be purchased at Price Chopper or online at Ticket Leap. For Ticket Leap information go to http://www.nysphsaa.org/