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November 4, 2013

Jackets win 1st sectional volleyball title

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Brittney Herrick finished with 13 kills, three blocks, three aces and two digs Saturday to lead Oneonta High to its first Section Four volleyball championship with a 25-16, 25-13, 25-16 Class C sweep of top-seeded Windsor at Watkins Glen.

OHS trailed, 13-11, but rallied by taking seven of the next 10 points. That set up Herrick to close the match with a seven-point service run.

“Herrick played the match of her life,” said OHS coach Lee Ferrara, whose team kept all but two of its serves in play Saturday. “We served great and we hit great. They just didn’t know what to do.”

The Yellowjackets, who played Windsor for the fifth time this season, opened the match with four straight points en route to a victory in the first game. Their hot streak continued in the second game as Windsor failed to take a lead and lost by 12 points.

“They would tie it up, but we pretty much led the whole way,” Ferrara said.

Oneonta and Windsor split during the regular season as the Yellowjackets won the first match, 3-2, then dropped the second, 3-2. Windsor then swept OHS in a Southern Tier Athletic Conference East Division tiebreaker.

This past Thursday, the two teams went 1-1 in head-to-head pool play during the Section Four Class C semifinals at Horseheads Middle. OHS dropped the first game, 25-20, and won the second, 25-20. That sent OHS into a tiebreaker against Thomas A. Edison, and the Jackets advanced to the final with a 25-17 win.

“For my entire career, we’ve been the underdogs,” Ferrara said. “We now know we’re on an even playing field.”

Krissy Wells had 22 assists, three aces and two digs for Oneonta (14-4), which will play Millbrook at Section Nine’s James I. O’Neill High School at 5 p.m. Tuesday for a regional semifinal.

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