OSWEGO, NY – Seven years ago the Oswego High School boys’ volleyball program didn’t exist, but on Saturday (November 19) the Bucs did something that many teams dream of…participated in the New York State Public High School Athletic Association championship at Cicero-North Syracuse.
The four finalists in this year’s field included champion McQuaid of Rochester which defended its title with a three game sweep of Massapequa and they were joined by Bethlehem and Oswego.
The Bucs started off against McQuaid and lost 25-17 and 25-16. The second set was against Bethlehem as the Bucs battled, but simply could not gain momentum to boost them over the top I falling 25-19 and 25-18. By virtue of the Bucs going 0-4 in the first two match ups the team then went up against Massapequa, but despite some heated action in the first game fell 25-21 before closing out the competition 25-14.
Oswego captains received the semifinal plaque symbolic of their appearance in the event while junior Dylan Lavner was named to the all state team and teammate Ryan Patrick earned the sportsmanship award.
Oswego had a spectacular season with a 16-1 record including a Section III title game win over Baldwinsville and a NYS Regional victory against Horseheads.
Coach Mike Shea was proud of the effort from his team and noted, “Our goal at the beginning of the season was to be here (state finals), and we were. It is a huge success for our team.”
Statwise Lavner had eight kills, 11 digs, three aces, a block and an assist in the final day of action. Meanwhile Patrick paced the squad with his 11 kills and had an assist and dig.
Kevin Carpentier chalked up 32 assists, eight kills, seven digs and a block while Mike Thompson finished with eight kills, five digs and five blocks. Justin Peterson had six kills and a block while Connor Riley had two kills and two blocks.
Jeremy Galvin finished with a kill and four digs while Josh Ewig had a block.
Shea noted, “I think the biggest positive, for us as a program, is that we were here today. It’s been the last three years where we’ve been able to build a system and a program with both a jayvee and varsity team. So three years after that, to be sectional champ and to compete at this level is huge.”