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December 3, 2013

Cooperstown volleyball starts strong

Staff Report

Caroline Leonard started her sophomore volleyball season Monday with 16 kills, leading Cooperstown to a 3-1 non-league victory over visiting Owen D. Young in the season opener for both teams.

Leonard also had five aces for Cooperstown, which earned a 25-16, 25-14, 23-25, 25-19 triumph.

“She played for me last year as a freshman and I don’t usually take freshmen, so she’s pretty talented,” 15th-year Cooperstown coach Rich Jantzi said of Leonard, who will study abroad next year. “She’ll be in a Rotary program (next season), so I’ll have to wait until she’s a senior to get her back.”

Senior co-captain Brooke Liner contributed nine kills, four blocks and two aces for Cooperstown, which received seven kills from McKenna Hage. Katie Franck finished with 12 assists and four aces for Cooperstown, which is coming off a 10-6 season that ended in the quarterfinals of the Section Three Class C Tournament.

Cooperstown hosts Mount Markham on Wednesday, visits Hamilton on Friday and will compete in the Dolgeville Tournament on Saturday.

“We have a busy week,” Jantzi said.

Cooperstown 3, ODY 1

Game scores: 25-16, 25-14, 23-25, 25-19.

Owen D. Young (0-1): N/A.

Cooperstown (1-0): Caroline Leonard 5 aces, 16 kills; Brooke Liner 2 aces, 9 kills, 4 blocks; McKenna Hage ace, 7 kills; Katie Franck 4 aces, 12 assists.

GIRLS BOWLING

Oneonta 4, Windsor 1

Emily Loucks rolled a 191 en route to a match-high 529 series, leading Oneonta High to a Southern Tier Athletic Conference victory on the road.

Caryn Balnis contributed a 520 series — highlighted by a 186 game — for the Yellowjackets (2-0), who combined for 2,169 pins.

Annika Polhamus’ 526 series paced Windsor, which had 2,099 pins. Polhamus also had a 200 for the top game of the match.

Oneonta, which does not have a boys bowling team this season, hosts STAC rival Susquehanna Valley on Wednesday at Holiday Lanes.

at Windsor

Oneonta 4, Windsor 1

Oneonta (2,169): Emily Loucks 191 - 529; Caryn Balnis 186 - 520.

Windsor (2,099): Sophia Mallard 183; Annika Polhamus 200 - 526.

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