Six of Ashley Mahlmeister's eight kills came in the final game, when Sidney finished off a 25-17, 25-20, 26-24 sweep of visiting Bainbridge-Guilford in the Midstate Athletic Conference volleyball championship Saturday.
"She was at the indoor track meeting the night before jumping until 12:30 a.m., so we decided to give her a break to wake up," Sidney coach Christine Smith said of Mahlmeister, who won the long jump at the Hurley/Quinney Invitational for indoor track Friday at Cornell. "She put the ball in good spots (in the third game) and made some key digs to lead the rally at the end."
Sidney (17-0) is the top seed for the Section Four Class C tournament and will play host to the semifinal round Thursday night. The Warriors will play the winner of Tuesday's quarterfinal that pits fifth-seeded Oxford at fourth-seeded Walton. B-G (14-3) gets the winner of Tuesday's quarterfinal between No. 3 Delhi and No. 6 Harpursville at Delhi.
B-G's semifinal will start at 5:30 p.m., followed by Sidney's match.
The championships are on Saturday at Unadilla Valley. The Class D final is at 10 a.m. and the Class C championship is at noon. Unatego won the Class B championship by default.
In addition to Mahlmeister, Lyndsay Gray had eight digs, five kills and two blocks; Kayla Edwards had 20 assists and three kills; and Katie Rutenberg had five aces, four digs and five kills.
Smith said Sidney trailed for much of the third game, but a service run by Marlie Meno helped the Warriors get back into it.
"Ashley Mahlmeister was in the back row and made a dig that sided it out and moved Ashley to the front row," said Smith, whose team won their second MAC title in three years. "Marlie Meno served out the game and Mahlmeister had three key kills to kind of take charge at the end."
Of Edwards' 20 assists, Smith said: "She's been a rock on our offense for the past two years. She's quick on her feet and she makes sure she's setting to the hot hand. She's real smart and invaluable to have on our team."
For B-G, Melissa Reigles had nine kills, and Rebecca Thomas had four aces, seven assists and 11 service points. Cierra Hartwell and Allison Roosa had six and five kills, respectively.
Sidney 3, B-G 0
Saturday at Sidney
Game scores: 25-17, 25-20, 26-24
Bainbridge-Guilford (14-3): Rebecca Thomas 4 aces, 7 kills, 11 service points; Cierra Hartwell 6 assist, 1 dig; Allison Roosa 5 kills, 1 dig; Melissa Reigles 9 kills; Nicole O'Brien 1 block, 2 digs.
Sidney (17-0): Katie Rutenber 5 aces, 4 digs, 5 kills, 1 block; Lyndsay Gray 8 digs, 5 kills, 2 blocks; Vanessa Strong 5 digs; Kayla Edwards 20 assists, 3 kills; Ashley Mahlmeister 8 kills.