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September 18, 2013

Herrick gives Jackets a lift in volleyball victory

Staff Report

Brittney Herrick’s huge night included 18 kills and 14 digs, and visiting Oneonta High rallied from a two-set deficit to beat Windsor, 22-25, 23-25, 25-22, 25-23, 25-18, in a Southern Tier Athletic Conference volleyball match Tuesday.

“Pretty much for the entire 21/2 hours,” Oneonta coach Lee Ferrara said, when asked if the match was as tense it sounded.

The Yellowjackets (5-0) trailed by nine points in the third set before rallying. OHS led, 24-23, in the fourth set when Rachel Griffing closed it out with an ace.

“She dropped this little short serve over the net and that was the turning point,” Ferrara said.

OHS even trailed early in the fifth set before slowly pulling away.

Of Herrick’s play, Ferrara said: “Brittney had an incredible night. She was hitting from all over the place and completely dominated. Brittney’s serving was so awesome. She just threw Windsor’s offense off. They couldn’t get to the ball.”

Herrick, who’ll play for Division I Siena next season, also had six blocks and five aces. She battled most of the night with Windsor standout Lexis Peterson, who finished with 11 kills.

Ferrara said the difference was the play of Krissy Wells, who finished with a match-high 33 assists.

“Krissy was a much better setter, controlling the ball and making something out of nothing,” said Ferrara, whose team went 14-5 last season, with four losses to Owego and one to Windsor.

The Black Knights (3-2) and the Yellowjackets dropped to Class C this season, and Ferrara said he’s certain his team will see plenty more of Windsor.

“It was a night of two really good volleyball teams battling it out,” Ferrara said. “It doesn’t get any better than that, especially when we come out with a ‘W.’”

Oneonta will host Class B power Owego on Thursday.

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