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November 1, 2013

Oneonta volleyball advances to final

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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.

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