OSWEGO, NY – Oswego High School volleyball teams are preparing for postseason play as they proved winners this week.
In boys action the Bucs closed out the home season against Cicero-North Syracuse and swept the visitors 25-14, 25-17 and 25-23.
This was a tremendous change from the first meeting of the squads as the teams battled through five long games in a marathon night before Oswego escaped with the win.
Coach Mike Shea said, “It was a great match tonight to lock up our league play. The win against CNS solidified the league championship for us for the second straight year. We’ll be the number one seed going into sectional play next week where we’ll see CNS again in the semi finals.”
Continuing he said, “This win should give us a lot of confidence going forward. This is the most complete match we’ve played thus far this year. We ran an efficient offense that was fast paced. The game plan was to establish our middle hitters early in order to open up single block opportunities for our outside hitters later in the match. Josh Carney was able to execute that well.”
For the Bucs it was a wildly emotional night as playing their final regular season home games were seniors Dylan Lavner, Tom Dillon, Josh Costo, Jeremy Galvin, Connor Riley, Nate Miller and Dan O’Brien.
Shea said, “We’ve been working hard in practice on more quality serving, back row defense, and blocking. I saw solid improvement in all three of those areas tonight. Defensively, we were better positioned which allowed us to make plays that would have resulted in points for the other team a couple weeks ago. Dylan Lavner has turned into a leader in all areas of play. It’s been clear all year that he’s a great athlete, but tonight he showed the ability to really take over the flow of a match just by willing himself to step up his game. It was fun to watch.”
Lavner finished with nine kills, a block, nine digs and eight aces while Dillon added nine kills, an assist, seven digs and two aces. Riley finished up with six kills, a block and a dig.
Carney finished with 24 assists, a kill, dig and ace while Zach Gillard had eight kills, two blocks, four digs and an ace.
Oswego goes to Horseheads this Friday night for a non-league match up.
Post Season Next for Lady Bucs
The Oswego Lady Bucs concluded another successful season with wins over Nottingham and Central Square. The team concludes an 11-4 season and 2 Silver tournament championships and a runner-up position in the Lady Warrior Tournament.
Next up will be the Section 3 tournament and details will be finalized this week.
Versus Nottingham the team demonstrated a well balanced, all around game winning 25-10, 25-10, and 25-11. Statistical leaders were Erica Atkins (6 kills, 6 aces), Courtnie Purce(10 kills, 3 aces), Alexa Healy(4 aces, 19 assists), Reilly Patrick(5 kills), and Marguerite Dillon(5 kills, 1 ace). Also recording stats were Courtney Lavere(2 kills, 10 aces, Madison Collins(11 assists), Mikala Allen (3 kills), and Sarah Stoebner( 8 digs).
Against Central Square Oswego won 25-16, 25-22, and 25-21. It was a must win for the Lady Bucs on Central Square’s Senior Night and the team responded well.
On the court Oswego was led by Courtnie Purce (1 kills, 1 ace, 6 digs), Erica Atkins (9 kills, 7 digs), Courtney Lavere (7 kills, 2 blks.), and Alexa Healy ( 29 assists, 3 aces). Also playing well were Sarah Stoebner (14 digs), and Marguerite Dillon (5 kills, 4 blks.).
Jayvee Volleyball Winds Down
The Oswego jayvee boys’ volleyball team finished its season 11-4 with the final win over Nottingham 25-22, 26-24 and 25-14.
Coach Ted Beers said, “We finished out our season with an 11-4 record as well as two silver championship trophies as we defeated host Nottingham last night to cap off a nice season by our girls. Everyone contributed in this game when they got on the floor. We have had a fun season and it was nice to finish with that last win for the year. I am very proud of our girls for their season and their growth this year as well.”
For the Bucs, Tori Armet had a kill, Jenna Ballard four assists, Miranda Clary an ace, Sara DelBrocco two digs and Olivia Flint and ace.
Kelly Gorman added four kills and three aces while Allie Henderson had three kills, two aces and a dig. Jordan McCauley had an ace and a dozen assists while Shanell Meyers had five kills, an ace and dig.
Tasha Mezza had three kills and an ace while Alexis Sheridan had a kill and ace. Brianna Stenz had a kill, two aces and dig and Carlie Stoebner three aces.
Modified Soccer Win
The Oswego Middle School girls Oswego White modified soccer team found its offense again against Nottingham scoring seven unanswered goals while the defense didn’t give up a goal.
Camryn Shortslef tallied a hat trick to lead Oswego’s scoring for the night. Alexis Sterio added two goals while Kayla Droshian and Claudia Chetney each had a goal.
Goalies Kayla Droshian and Maddison Bullard shared the shutout for the 5-2 Bucs.