The Daily Star
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Shelby Pettersen’s 17-point service run Monday lifted Deposit to a 3-1 volleyball victory over visiting Unadilla Valley in the opening round of the Section Four Class D Tournament.
“She was on fire,” Deposit coach Dana Campo said of Pettersen, whose string included 12 of her match-high 21 aces and gave the Lumberjacks a 17-1 lead in the decisive fourth game. “It was crazy. They got the first point, then Shelby served the next 17 points. She was really pinpoint with her serves.”
Pettersen finished with 30 service points for eighth-seeded Deposit (12-7), which rallied from a 25-23 loss in the first game with victories of 25-19, 25-14 and 25-4.
Catherine Bush contributed six aces for the Lumberjacks, who advanced to a sectional quarterfinal at top-seeded Tioga (15-1) at 6 p.m. today. The Tigers had a first-round bye Monday.
Haley Benson’s eight aces and three kills paced ninth-seeded Unadilla Valley (9-8), which received five assists from Shannon McIntyre.
Today’s other quarterfinals include No. 5 Southern Cayuga (9-5) at No. 4 Sidney (13-3) and seventh-seeded Spencer-Van Etten (9-8) at No. 2 Harpursville (16-0) at 6 p.m. S-VE advanced with a 3-0 home sweep of No. 10 Walton on Monday. SC and Sidney had byes.
Third-seeded Bainbridge-Guilford will host No. 11 Hancock (8-8) or No. 6 Candor (9-8) at 5 p.m. today in the quarterfinals. B-G had a bye Monday, when Hancock visited Candor. No information was available on the Hancock-Candor match at press time.
Harpursville is the reigning champion of the Midstate Athletic Conference, which is home to B-G, Deposit, Hancock, Sidney, UV and Walton.
Deposit 3, UV 1
SECTION FOUR CLASS D
Game scores: 23-25, 25-19, 25-14, 25-4.
9-Unadilla Valley (9-8): Haley Benson 8 aces, 3 kills; Megan Gould 3 aces; Myriah Bodie 2 aces; Renee DelSontro 2 kills; Shannon McIntyre 2 kills, 5 assists; Nicole Mackey 4 assists.
8-Deposit (12-7): Shelby Pettersen 21 aces, 4 kills, 6 assists; Catherine Bush 6 aces; Kayleigh Lobdell 4 aces, 2 blocks; Erica Lang 4 kills; Kyley Vandermark 3 kills, 3 assists; Natalia Bielecki 3 kills; Brooke Murphy 5 digs.
Gilboa 3, Edmeston 1
Zak Perry scored twice in the final 2 minutes, 43 seconds Saturday as 13th-seeded Gilboa upset No. 5 Edmeston in a Section Four Class D quarterfinal.
Perry snapped a 1-all deadlock by tucking the ball into the left corner of Edmeston’s goal off a short chip-pass from Ben Standhart.
Panthers coach Ken Plows then moved starting goalie Logan Vibbard to the front line for an offensive boost.
“I decided to pull him out of goal to try to get a fast front,” said Plows, who turned over the goalkeeping duties to Nick DeVries. “A minute later, they popped in a header.”
Perry beat DeVries with a high header off a throw-in from Hunter Grace with 1:56 remaining for the final margin.
“We were pressuring back and they made a mistake getting the ball to somebody,” Gilboa coach Dan McGlynn said. “We were able to counter-attack and the ball went out of bounds. There was a huge sigh of relief after Zak’s header went in because it was a very back-and-forth game.”
Christian Cooper opened the scoring with an unassisted 25-yarder from the right side of the field, crossing a shot into the upper-left side 23 minutes into the quarterfinal for Gilboa (10-7).
Austin Axtell converted a cross from Austin Plows 17 minutes into the second half to tie the score.
“Nothing went right for us,” said Ken Plows, whose team was outshot, 10-9. “We had five shots right in front of the goal that the boys just put over the top. Five of those nine shots could have been goals. It was just one of those games.”
Vibbard finished with five saves for the Panthers (13-5), who held a 6-3 edge in corner kicks.
Phillip Berger stopped six shots for the Wildcats, who advanced to a sectional semifinal at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday against top-seeded Margaretville (16-0) at the Wright National Soccer Campus in Oneonta.
Delaware League champion Margaretville beat Gilboa, 7-0, during a regular-season game Sept. 18.
“We’re a totally different team now,” said McGlynn, whose team won its last two games of the regular season to qualify for sectional play. “We’re much more organized, we play a very good possession game and we’ve moved some people around to make us that much stronger. Hopefully we can do something against Margaretville. They have a very good team and there’s not much of a drop-off in talent when they sub in.”
The other Class D sectional semifinal pits third-seeded Davenport (13-3) of the DL against No. 2 seed Cherry Valley-Springfield (16-1) at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday at the WNSC. CV-S beat Edmeston in overtime, 3-2, in the Tri-Valley League championship game Oct. 19 at the WNSC.
Gilboa 3, Edmeston 1
SECTION FOUR CLASS D
Gilboa 1 2 - 3
Edmeston 0 1 - 1
13-Gilboa (10-7): Christian Cooper 1-0, Zak Perry 2-0, Ben Standhart 0-1, Hunter Grace 0-1.
5-Edmeston (13-5): Austin Axtell 1-0, Austin Plows 0-1.
Shots-corner kicks: G 10-3; E 9-6.
Goalies: Phillip Berger (G) 6; Logan Vibbard (E) 5, Nick DeVries (E) 0.
Unatego semi set
Unatego and Elmira Notre Dame will each take seven-game winning streaks into their Section Four Class D semifinal at 4 p.m. Saturday at Binghamton Alumni Stadium.
The Spartans (7-1) won Division V of the Section Four Football Conference with a 5-0 record against division opponents. END (7-1) went 5-0 for the D-VII title.
Neither team has lost since Week 1, when Unatego fell, 54-13, at Chenango Forks and END forfeited to two-time defending Class D sectional champion Tioga because of a lack of eligible players.
D-VI champion Tioga (8-0) will play D-VII runner-up Spencer Van-Etten (6-2) in the other semifinal at 1 p.m. Saturday at Binghamton Alumni Stadium.
Saturday’s winners will meet for the sectional crown at noon Nov. 19 at the same site.
On Monday, Section Four also announced Week 9 matchups for non-playoff teams. At 7 p.m. Friday, Delhi (3-5) will visit Oneonta High (1-7), Bainbridge-Guilford (2-6) will host Oxford (1-7), and Walton (5-3) will be at Sidney (4-4).