The Daily Star
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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.
“They were a very good serving team, very good at controlling the ball and really good at putting the ball where they wanted,” Ferrara said. “They were very different. They would have a beautiful set to the outside and instead of killing it, they just dropped it over. So we were scrambling to get to the ball. They did a lot of that and they were very good at that. That was their game plan, no doubt about it.”
OHS will lose Herrick, Wells, Rachel Griffing, Maria DiMartin, Michaela Mancini and Sylvia Montanti to graduation in June.
Ferrara announced Tuesday that Herrick earned all-conference honors this season from the Southern Tier Athletic Conference, which selected Wells and Griffing to their all-division teams. Herrick will play for Division I Siena College next season. Ferrara said Wells and Griffing also intend to play volleyball at the next level, adding that Wells is “looking seriously” at D-III Oneonta State and Griffing is narrowing her college choices for next fall.
Millbrook 3, Oneonta 0
CLASS B STATE TOURNAMENT
First Round at O’Neill High
Game scores: 25-15, 25-18, 25-22.
Oneonta (14-5): Brittney Herrick 12 kills, 5 blocks, 2 aces; Delaney Dower 11 digs; Krissy Wells 15 assists.
Millbrook (23-11-4): N/A.
State triple-header set
The Section Four champion boys soccer teams from Oneonta High and Margaretville will be part of a state quarterfinal triple-header Saturday at Liverpool High, New York State Public High School Athletic Association media content coordinator Joe Agostinelli said Tuesday.
Margaretville (18-0) will play in a Class D state quarterfinal at noon Saturday, when the Delaware League champion Blue Devils face Section Three’s Watertown-Immaculate Heart Central (15-3-1). Margaretville maintained its No. 1 seed in the Section Four Class D Tournament, advancing to states with a 3-2 overtime defeat of third-seeded Davenport (14-4) this past Saturday at the Wright National Soccer Campus in Oneonta. Watertown-IHC was seeded second in the Section Three tournament and upset top-seeded Poland, 2-0, in the final last Friday.
Section Four’s Lansing and Section Three’s Fabius-Pompey will meet at 2:15 p.m. Saturday in the second state quarterfinal at Liverpool High. Those teams will play for a spot in the Class C state semifinals.
Oneonta (13-4) and Westhill (18-1) will cap the triple-header with a Class B state quarterfinal at 4:30 p.m. Saturday. OHS advanced to states by beating Chenango Forks, 1-0 in overtime, during the Section Four Class B final last Saturday at the WNSC. Oneonta was seeded second for sectionals, two spots ahead of Forks. Top-seeded Westhill downed No. 7 Skaneatles, 1-0, in the Section Three Class B title game Tuesday.
Middletown High will host the state semifinals and championship games for classes B, C and D on Nov. 16 and 17, respectively.