Lady Buc Varsity Volleyball on Tear; Defeats Liverpool

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</p>Jessica Benjamin, in a photo by Bill Foley, provided by the Oswego City School District.
Jessica Benjamin, in a photo by Bill Foley, provided by the Oswego City School District.

The Oswego girls’ varsity volleyball team won another marathon match downing Liverpool in five sets, 25-19, 25-22, 22-25, 15-25, and 25-18.  Oswego is now 6-1 in league play and 6-3 overall.  The team returns home Friday versus Henninger with jayvee action at 4:30.

Coach Ron Ahart said, “Senior Jessica Benjamin had her best ever performance as a Lady Buccaneer with 21 kills.  Her leadership in set five after we lost the second and third set was huge as she, Sheffield, and Flanagan carried our attack.”

In set one Oswego took the early lead and using a balanced attack won 25-19.  Katie Flanagan had 13 assists with Jess Benjamin (four kills), Vanessa Sheffield (six kills), and Katelyn Stevens (two kills) lead Oswego.

In set two, Oswego used a powerful attack behind solid passing and won 25-22.  Jessica Benjamin had a dominating set with nine kills. Sheffield (six kills) and Flanagan (17 assists) also spurred the attack.

In set three Oswego lost 22-25.  Despite solid hitting Oswego had several passing miscues and service errors that lead to the loss.

In set four, Oswego tried to fight off the loss of momentum from the set three loss but failed, falling 15-25.

In set five, Oswego fell behind early, but rallied for the 25-18 set and match win.  Cari Reed, Lauren Hunt, and Morgan Lavner all had solid service games that helped the attack.  Sheffield (three kills) and Benjamin (three kills) lead the attack with Flanagan setting the attack (nine assists).

Also playing well on the night were Katelyn Stevens (three kills), Morgan Lavner (three kills, 12 digs), Kelsey Ross (seven digs), Lauren Corradino (three kills, seven digs), and Mary Montagnola (12 digs).

Ahart noted,  “The girls have performed very well over the past week with three wins and as runner-up in a tournament.

“We are getting good performances from all of the team members and will continue our successes if we are more consistent set to set.”