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November 6, 2013

OHS volleyball season ends with state loss

Staff Report

Oneonta High volleyball found itself in a different world Tuesday at O’Neill High.

Despite double-digit statistical performances from Brittney Herrick, Krissy Wells and Delaney Dower, the Yellowjackets’ first appearance in a state volleyball tournament ended with a 3-0 first-round Class C loss to Section Nine champion Millbrook.

“It was a different type of game,” said OHS coach Lee Ferrara, whose team won its first Section Four title in program history this past Saturday with a sweep of Windsor. “Millbrook didn’t hit the ball very well, but they were good at putting it in the right spots. They just had us running all over the place and that was tough to defend.”

The Yellowjackets (14-5) scored the first four points of the match but lost the opening game, 25-15. Millbrook (23-11-4) then followed with victories of 25-18 and 25-22 to earn a spot in the Class C state quarterfinals at 3 p.m. Saturday at Arlington High.

“Up 4-0 in first set, I thought we were good,” Ferrara said. “I had a chance to scout them Sunday and knew exactly what each (Millbrook) player was going to do. We just could not execute our game plan. We did not serve-receive as well as we should have and were not hitting the ball as well as we should have.

“We had a nice run going in the third set and were up, 12-8,” he continued. “We just let them go on a serving run and the next thing we knew, we were down, 15-13. Then we played catch up and couldn’t close the gap. It was just silly stuff. We couldn’t catch a break.”

Herrick finished with 12 kills, five blocks and two aces for OHS, which received 15 assists from Wells and 11 digs from Dower.

Ferrara said his Jackets, who dropped from Class B to Class C in volleyball this season, had trouble adjusting to Millbrook’s style of play.

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