In the second act in what might be a four-act play, visiting Windsor received 26 assists from Kylie Buchek during a 23-25, 25-7, 25-18, 25-19 Southern Tier Athletic Conference volleyball victory at Oneonta High on Thursday.
“They played better volleyball than us,” Oneonta High coach Lee Ferrara said. “The big difference was they were putting the ball in their setter’s hands and we weren’t. I can make excuses, but there aren’t any. They were attacking the ball pretty hard at us. We were just not controlling it. Most of the night they were on top of us.”
When the teams met earlier this season at Windsor, the Yellowjackets dropped the first two games before rallying for a five-game victory.
It looked like the match might go five games again when Oneonta took an 18-14 lead in the fourth set, but the Black Knights (9-3) went on an 11-1 run to close the match.
OHS (10-2) rallied from a 17-10 deficit to win the first game.
“In set two, we didn’t even show up on the court,” Ferrara said. “None of us did and we couldn’t get it back together.”
Brittney Herrick had 14 kills and three blocks to lead Oneonta. Krissy Wells contributed 21 assists and five digs for the Yellowjackets, who will travel to unbeaten Owego on Tuesday. If OHS beats Owego, it will win the division title. Owego swept the Yellowjackets in the teams’ first meeting. If Oneonta loses, it will likely set up a division tiebreaker with Windsor.
Lataysia Pryor had nine kills, and Marissa Tubaugh finished with 10 digs and four aces for Windsor.
“It’s fixable,” Ferrara said of his team’s problems Thursday. “And we will see (Windsor) again, no doubt. I expect it to be a battle, but we have some things to work on.”
Unatego 3, UV 0
Kali Benedict had 16 aces, and Leanne McKee contributed four aces and eight assists to lead host Unatego to a 25-18, 25-12, 25-17 Midstate Athletic Conference game on Breast Cancer Awareness night.
Brianna Hoefer finished with six aces and Marissa Woodard had four kills for the Spartans (5-9), who will travel to Harpursville on Wednesday.
Nicole Mackey had fives aces and five assists for Unadilla Valley.
Walton 3, Hancock 0
Danielle Reynolds amassed 12 assists, six aces and two digs to lead host Walton to a 25-6, 25-15, 25-16 MAC victory.
Amber Pierce finished with nine kills for Walton (7-7), which hosts Greene on Wednesday.
Kylee Mee’s seven digs paced Hancock (7-7), which faces Deposit on Wednesday.
Oxford 3, Greene 2
Taylor Chapman had nine digs, eight aces and six kills to lead host Oxford to a 22-25, 25-14, 25-19, 13-25, 25-13 win in the MAC.
Jessica Frank contributed 11 digs and served out the match with six straight points for the Blackhawks (4-10), who visit Afton on Wednesday.
Kayli Dickinson’s 12 aces and 10 assists paced the Trojans (4-11), who travel to Walton on Wednesday.
Sidney 6, Harpursville 0
Bre Voltz, Hannah Wood and Dawn Savino had two goals apiece in Sidney’s Section Four Conference victory at home.
The Warriors held a 21-3 advantage in shots.
Kelsey Decker stopped two shots in a shutout.
Hancock 2, Walton 1
Alyssa Makowski scored off an assist from Natasha Picozzi to snap a 1-all tie with 10 minutes left as visiting Hancock won in the Section Four Conference.
Picozzi gave Hancock a 1-0 lead with 10 minutes in the first half.
Walton’s Cassie Huntress tied the score nine minutes into the second half. Kiley Lamoreaux set it up off a penalty corner.
The Warriors (3-10, 2-7) will host Seton Catholic Central at 10:30 a.m. Saturday.
Hoover wins landslide
Walton’s Jim Hoover easily won the balloting by USA TODAY High School Sports as the top football coach in New York state.
Hoover, the winner of 296 games over 38 seasons, earned 38,654 votes to top a field of eight New York state coaches. He easily outdistanced Syracuse-CBA coach Joe Casamento, who garnered 23,916 votes to finish second. More than 80,000 ballots were cast online in New York.
What started with 408 coaches nationwide in an online search to find the country’s best high school football coach is down to 51. A regional voting round started Wednesday and will run through Oct. 18.
That will cut the field to eight. Voting on the final eight, known as the national round, will go from Oct. 21-29. The coach earning the most votes will win the title.
To cast a ballot, visit the website, contest.usatodayhss.com.
SK 5, H-T 1
Ty Magnan finished with two goals and an assist to lead visiting South Kortright to a Delaware League victory.
Magnan opened the scoring 10 minutes into play for the Rams by heading in a corner kick from Ryan Sluiter. Magnan also scored in the second half for SK (8-3-2, 6-2), which received goals from Ty Lamport, Sam Fabrykiewicz and Kory Bush.
The Rams visit Davenport today.
Jordan Radcliffe converted a pass from Jake Davis with 15 minutes left for Hunter-Tannersville, which celebrated Senior Night.
H-T (2-11, 1-7) visits Windham today.
Roxbury 7, Jefferson 0
Charlie Dietrich’s two goals and one assist helped visiting Roxbury to victory in the Delaware League.
Joe McAfee, Kris Walcutt, Josh Riley, Frank Morales and Matt Faraci also scored for the Rockets.
Logan Pasa made 10 saves for the Jefferson.
ODY 7, RS 0
Matthew Cristman scored three times to lead host Owen D. Young to a non-league victory.
Bradlee Edick contributed a goal and an assist for ODY (10-2), which received three saves from Andrey Drozdov in the shutout.
Richfield Springs, which faced a 4-0 deficit at halftime, fell to 2-10-1 on the season.
Victories by Lucy Bischoff in the 50- and 100-yard freestyle events helped visiting Oneonta High to a 94-75 Southern Tier Athletic Conference victory.
Bischoff won the 50 free in 27.44 seconds. She touched first in the 100 free in 1:01.55. Bischoff also anchored the Yellowjackets’ winning 200 free relay team that included Madison Allen, Sarah Bracket and Lena Jessing.
Abby M. Miller won the 200 free (2:16.23) and Allen won the 200 individual medley (2:34.92) for the Yellowjackets (6-2), who will host Cooperstown on Oct. 17 on Senior Night.