“At this point in the season, we just have to play our game,” said Herodes, whose team went 18-1-1 last season, including a 2-0 loss to Sauquoit Valley in a Class C state quarterfinal.
Oneonta 3, Lansing 0
Krissy Wells finished with 14 assists and six aces to lead second-seeded Oneonta High to a 25-13, 25-13, 25-6 Section Four Class C quarterfinal victory at home.
Teammate Brittney Herrick contributed six kills and three blocks for the Yellowjackets.
“We racked up quite a few aces,” Oneonta coach Lee Ferrara said.
Oneonta (12-4) will join Thomas A. Edison, Trumansburg and top-seeded Windsor for the Section Four Class C Semifinal pool play tournament at Horseheads Middle School on Thursday.
The Yellowjackets defeated Windsor in a tiebreaker set to advance to the sectional final in last year’s pool play before falling to Owego in the title match.
This year, Oneonta is seeded second behind the top-seeded Black Knights. The Yellowjackets will play two sets against each team and the top two teams will advance to the sectional final at Watkins Glen on Saturday.
Sidney 3, SC 2
Alyssa Cranston finished with a match-high 13 kills and three blocks to lead fourth-seeded Sidney to a 25-21, 25-21, 17-25, 21-25, 25-22 Section Four Class D quarterfinal victory over visiting Southern Cayuga.
Taylor Krom finished with 11 kills and Paige Redmond contributed 21 assists for the Warriors, who dropped the third and fourth sets after winning the opening two.
“It was nerves and playing a team we knew nothing about,” Sidney coach Paul Sims said. “Our passing was much better in the fifth set and we were able to regroup and get that last game.”
Sidney (15-4) will travel to Horseheads Middle School for the Section Four Class D semifinal pool play tournament Thursday. The Warriors will play two sets against Harpursville, Tioga and Bainbridge-Guilford. The top two teams will advance to the final Saturday at Watkins Glen.
B-G 3, Candor 2
Morgan Bullis had 11 assists, seven kills and four aces to lead third-seeded Bainbridge-Guilford to a 25-19, 25-22, 19-25, 17-25, 25-22 victory over visiting Candor in a Section Four Class D quarterfinal.
Betsy Holden contributed eight kills, and Alissa Rivera finished with six aces and five kills for the Bobcats, who advanced semifinal pool play Thursday at Horseheads Middle School.
B-G improved to 15-4.