For the third straight year, Oneonta High won a tiebreaker to advance to a sectional final in volleyball.
Thursday at Horseheads Middle School, the second-seeded Yellowjackets defeated Thomas A. Edison, 25-17, in the tiebreaker and will meet top-seeded Windsor for the fifth time this season in the Section Four Class C final at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Watkins Glen.
Windsor, OHS, third-seeded Trumansburg and No. 4 Edison played two games against each other in pool play. The two teams with the best records advanced to Saturday's final. Windsor, Oneonta and Edison each had 4-2 pool play records and T-burg went 0-6.
The Black Knights (12-3) earned one spot based on scoring differential.
The Yellowjackets (13-4), who beat Windsor in tiebreakers the past two seasons in the Section Four Class B semifinal pool play before falling to Owego in the final, and Edison played off for the final spot.
“I'm overly excited,” said Oneonta coach Lee Ferrara, whose team dropped to Class C this season, as did Windsor. “We played our best ball all season long and obviously, we need to continue that. Brittney (Herrick) has only been averaging a few kills a match recently, but she just lit it up tonight. She hit the ball all over the place.”
Ferrara said his team led by one to two points throughout the tiebreaker against Edison before Michaela Mancini went on a serving run late in the match that sealed it for Oneonta.
“Our back-row passing was better than it has been. When we put the ball in Krissy's hands, things go well for us,” Ferrara said of OHS setter Krissy Wells.
Oneonta opened the day by beating T-burg, 25-23, 25-18. The Yellowjackets then split against Edison, 20-25, 25-20.
Against Windsor, the Yellowjackets lost the first game, 25-20. Ferrara said his team knew it had to win the final game to set up a tiebreaker against Edison.
“It was do or die,” Ferrara said. “It went back and forth. It was all adrenaline at that point.”
Ferrara said Mancini also went on a serving run at the end of the second game, which Oneonta won, 25-20.
In addition to the two games Oneonta and Windsor played Thursday, they also met twice during the regular season. The Yellowjackets won the first match at Windsor, rallying from two games down to win in five games.
The Black Knights then won the second meeting in four games. The two teams also met in a STAC East Division tiebreaker, which Windsor won in three games.
“It's really going to be anybody's match,” said Ferrara, whose team will be in search of its first sectional title Saturday. “I honestly don't think one team is better than the other. It's going to be who is going to play together the best.
“Windsor passes very well,” he continued. “If we don't attack the ball, they'll easily hammer it at us. Tonight, we were playing great defense and giving Krissy the chance to set the ball. When we hit it at them, they can't hit it back at us.”
Section Four Championships
Four area boys, including Oneonta High junior Logan Mancuso, qualified for the state meet Thursday during the Section Four Championships at Chenango Valley State Park.
Mancuso earned the final qualifying spot in the Class C race. He finished seventh, completing the rain-soaked 3.1-mile course in 17 minutes, 19 seconds.
Mancuso led a Yellowjackets boys squad that finished third with 80 points. Susquehanna Valley won the Class C race with 57 points. Runner-up Newark Valley had 78.
Two other OHS boys earned top-10 finishes. Sam Baskin was eighth in 17:39 and Jacob DePauw placed 10th in 18:00.
“It's probably the best finish we've had in sectionals,” OHS coach Dan Forbes said. “I can't say enough about my guys. They all ran well and I'll have almost all of them back for next year.”
Mancuso finished 25 seconds behind winner Richard Buchanan of SV.
He'll be joined at the state meet by Delhi's Declan Kottmeier and Alex Legg, who finished fifth and sixth, respectively, in the Class D race, along with Afton's Joe DeVona, who came across one spot behind Legg.
Kottmeier crossed in 17:33, 20 seconds ahead of Legg, as the Bulldogs finished third in Class D with 86 points. Watkins Glen won with 70 and second-place Spencer-Van Etten had 79.
DeVona finished in 17:59.
The state meet will be held a week from Saturday at Queensbury High.
Windham's boys finished fourth in Class D. The Warriors were led by Chris Weyman (18:27), Chris Carl (18:19) and Kevin Malen (18:26), who finished 11th, 12th and 14th, respectively.
Logan Murray's 19th-place finished paced Edmeston's boys to a seventh-place team finish.
No area girls qualified for the state meet.
Oneonta High's Missy Emilio had the fastest time among area girls. She finished 13th in the Class C race in 21:54. Her finished helped the Yellowjackets to a seventh-place finish with 176 points. Trumansburg won the title with 70.
Jamie Keown contributed a 20th-place finish for OHS.
Windsor freshman Kaylee Stone won in a time of 19:59.
Delhi's Katie Aikens placed 10th in the Class D race. She crossed in 22:06, leading the Bulldogs to a third-place showing. Delhi had 84 points. Watkins Glen won with 47, followed by Candor with 57.
Katherine Erickson contributed an 18th-place finish for Delhi. She crossed in 24:18.
Edmeston's Madison Kline and Afton's Daphne Knapp finished ninth and 11th, respectively. Kline finished in 21:57 – 10 seconds faster than Knapp.
Candor's Julia Russell won in 20:37.
Section Four Championships
at Chenango Valley State Park
Class C team scores: Susquehanna Valley 57, Newark Valley 78, Oneonta 80, Chenango Forks 85, Trumansburg 105, Waverly 162, Chenango Valley 185, Norwich 200, Windsor 201, Thomas A. Edison 236.
Winner: Richard Buchanan (SV) 16:54 over 3.1-mile course.
Oneonta runners: 7, Logan Mancuso 17:19; 8, Sam Baskin 17:39; 10, Jacob DePauw 18:00; 27, Ryan Layman 18:36; 28, Luke Anderson 18:39; 33, Matt Longo 19:04; 93, Alex Kahl 31:01.
Class D team scores: Watkins Glen 40, Spencer-Van Etten 79, Delhi 86, Windham 112, Groton 124, Marathan 126, Edmeston 157, Afton 178.
Winner: Matt Gill (WG) 16:31.
Delhi runners: 5, Declan Kottmeier 17:33; 6, Alex Legg 17:53; 28, Hans Hilson-Schneider 19:24; 29, Alex Padovani 19:25; 33, Eli Eagle Road 19:40; 34, Cooper Maney 19:42; 47, Shane Bray 20:56; 52, Wade Armstrong 21:20; 75, Matt Aikens 24:57.
Windham runners: 11, Chris Weyman 18:17; 12, Chris Carl 18:19; 14, Kevin Malen 18:26; 40, Gus Suster 20:11; 55, Chris Rappleyea 22:26; 68, Chris Martin 23:48; 78, Walter Dodson 26:29.
Edmeston runners: 19, Logan Murray 18:52; 21, Nick Arnecke 19:19; 45, Connor Kline 20:34; 61, John Knorr 22:06; 63, Dan Vesely 22:19; 80, Brian Knorr 28:55.
Afton runners: 7, Joe DeVona 17:59; 42, Kyle Hinman 20:19; 54, Kevin Riggs 21:25; 69, Austin Kunkle 23:52; 76, Joe Cardenas 25:00.
G-MU/Morris runners: 43, Fred Schwarzhans 20:27; 66, Dan Backman 22:49.
Downsville runners: 58, Jon White 21:34; 72, Andrew Towsley 24:37.
Hunter-Tannersville runners: 73, Richard Regan 24:40; 81, Connor Graham 30:11.
Class C team scores: Trumansburg 70, Newark Valley 76, Windsor 101, Waverly 107, Chenango Forks 108, Chenango Valley 110, Oneonta 176, Thomas Edison 186, Lansing 209.
Winner: Kaylee Stone (Windsor) 19:59.
Oneonta runners: 13, Missy Emilio 21:54; 20, Jamie Keown 22:21; 26, Emelia French 22:48; 45, Elaina Fox 24:31; 55, Nika Ficano 25:22; 66, Rory Decker 29:57.
Class D team scores: Watkins Glen 47, Candor 57, Delhi 84, Southern Cayuga 88, Groton 90, Edmeston 111.
Winner: Julia Russell (Candor) 20:37.
Delhi runners: 10, Katie Aikens 22:06; 18, Katherine Erickson 24:18; 28, Christina Erickson 25:04; 34, Kayla Spangenberg 25:47; 36, Taylor Mostert 26:13; 39, Amelie Legg 26:48; 40, Tianna Blake 26:53; 48, Megan Shaver 28:28; 49, Alina Hood 28:43; 55, Lydia Hood 32:18.
Edmeston runners: 9, Madison Kline 21:57; 19, MacKenzie Porter 24:20; 42, Autumn Hoagland 27:05; 45, Katie Arnold 27:35; 56, Paige Lawrence 33:09.
Afton runners: 11, Daphne Knapp 22:07; 27, Paige Polizzi 24:59.
Unadilla Valley runners: 24, Nicole Mackey 24:52; 50, Olivia Lazarus 29:02.
G-MU/Morris runners: 16, Rachel King 23:53; 47, Sophia Garry 27:41.
Windham runners: 32, Gabi Morelli 25:26; 35, Kelly Linger 26:01.
Downsville runners: 52, Libby Kuehn 30:01; 54, Quinnlyn Shields 32:05.