VOLLEYBALL: WINDSOR, LANSING ADVANCE TO CLASS B TITLE MATCH
By ROB CENTORANI
Broome County East Sports Report
WINDSOR -- The goal was to get to Saturday.
Mission accomplished for top-seeded Windsor, but during a long day of volleyball Thursday the Black Knights learned their path to a Section 4 Class B title could be a difficult climb.
The best team in Windsor's gym, as evidenced by its 6-0 pool-play record, was third-seeded Lansing. The Bobcats went 15-1 during the season and showed they're every bit as good as their record suggests.
Their night included a two-game sweep of Windsor, warding off three game points before earning a 28-26 victory in the first game and followed it with a 25-21 win in Game 2.
"We looked at the numbers and saw we had three missed serves and 11 hitting errors," Windsor coach Scott Symons said. "Lansing is good, but they're not unbeatable."
The teams square off at 6 p.m. Saturday at Corning with a spot in the state playoffs at stake.
By far, the best volleyball on display on this night was the Lansing-Windsor matchup. It featured long points, powerful hitters and both sides prolonging rallies with solid saves in the back.
"I thought Rylie Conrow and Jackie Smith on serve receive played very well," Symons said. "We're going to need that again Saturday if we're going to have a chance."
Windsor (15-2) opened the night with a 25-13, 25-17 win over fifth-seeded Oneonta. Lansing then downed No. 2 seed Susquehanna Valley, 25-19, 25-10.
The two powerhouses stepped on the court next. The Bobcats jumped to a 13-9 lead in the first game, but a long service run by Hailey Ryan gave the Black Knights a 19-18 lead.
When Ashlee Hagerman powered down a spike from the left side, Windsor's lead was 22-20.
Hagerman used some touch to finish a point that put Windsor ahead, 23-22, and after the team's exchanged points, the Bobcats' Jordan Brinkley spiked one from the middle to tie it at 24.
Gabriella Hans put Windsor on the brink of victory again with a kill from the middle to make it 25-24, but the strong-hitting Kayla Palmer answered with a spike from the right.
Windsor took a 26-25 lead, but three straight hitting errors by the Black Knights ended the game.
In the second game, the Black Knights trailed, 19-13, but a service run from Cassie Bellmore that included a pair of aces closed Windsor's deficit 19-17.
Lansing answered with five straight points, the last a pretty cross-court spike from the left by Palmer that made it 24-17. Ryan served three three straight, including an ace. The spurt ended with a kill from the left side by Hagerman, making it 24-21.
But Palmer ended things with a kill.
After SV took two games from Oneonta, the Sabers and Black Knights had matching 2-2 records. The winner of that match would earn the second spot in the finals.
After some early back-and-forth in the first game, Windsor took a 17-10 lead on Hans' spike from the middle. A back-set by Bellmore was finished from the right by Alexis Durdon and Windsor's lead was 21-13.
Hagerman finished the game with a spike from the right for a 25-15 win.
A block by the Sabers' Olivia Kumpon had SV up, 4-1 in the second game.
It was all Windsor thereafter, with Hagerman leading the way. She had three kills and four aces in the final game, which the Black Knights won, 25-12.
"I thought Ashlee played really well and we're going to need her to keep doing that," Symons said. "I thought Taylen Flynn played big tonight, too."
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