OSWEGO, NY – The Oswego Lady Bucs volleyball team started the defense of their league title with a 25-12, 25-8, 25-14 win over Auburn.
The girls are 1-0 in the league play and 1-0 overall.
The team will play in the strong Penfield Tournament this weekend that features many NY state final four teams including state runner-up Baldwinsville.
Oswego started the first set impressively as sophomore hitter Cortnie Purce got the seasonâ€™s first kill and then helped keep Auburn under pressure to lead Oswego to a 25-12 win.
Kelsey Ross and Jasmine Davis also helped the attack set by senior All CNY setter Krisi Stemple.
Emily Barlow, Ross, and Davis also helped with timely serving.
In set two, Ross and Davis lead the team in kills with continued support from Purce.
Setter Stemple continued to keep a balanced attack for Oswego. Again Stemple, Mooney, Ross, and Purce paced Oswegoâ€™s serve attack.
In the final set Davis and Ross lead Oswego in kills, and middles Carlie Morley and Rebecca Martin stepped in with 5 point blocks between them to put an end to any Auburn attacks.
Defensively Oswego Libero Mary Montagnola (10 digs) was solid with zero passing errors and was supported by teammate Libero Maggie Mooney (6 digs).
At the end of the match Stemple had 25 assists while Davis had 10 kills, three aces, a point block and two digs.
Ross had 10 kills, three aces and five digs.
Mooney had six digs and Montagnola 10 digs.
Purcew finished with five kills, two aces and five digs.
Coach Ron Ahart said, â€œOverall the girls did a good job for the first match. Davis, Ross and Purce gave us a solid attack with Stemple setting. The entire team played good defense with improved blocking and we had very few serving errors on the night. This weekend will help us get better with a very tough match next Tuesday versus FM at home.â€