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.”
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