Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story Tags: CBAESMvolleyball In the last days before the school holiday break, girls volleyball teams from East Syracuse Minoa and Christian Brothers Academy earned victories.The Spartans took on Utica Proctor last Thursday and endured a couple of tough sets, but still swept the Raiders 25-22, 25-16, 25-23 to reach the .500 mark at 3-3.Alana Day led the way as she put together nine assists, four kills and four digs. Olivia Fortuno had eight kills, three blocks and three digs. Skyler Mahoney also got four kills and Morgan Ransom earned six assists, with Helena Scolaro earning four aces and Jazmin Tyo getting four assists.Then ESM visited New Hartford last Monday, and in this Spartan clash the hosts got the best of it in four sets.After dropping the first set 25-18, ESM won the second set 25-20 to pull even. Yet New Hartford absorbed this and controlled the rest of the match, winning the third set 25-10 and the fourth set 25-16.As for CBA, it played last Friday at Cato-Meridian, taking only three sets to put away the Blue Devils 25-9, 25-16, 24. The Brothers improved to 4-1 overall and, after a tournament this Friday at Onondaga, will resume its league slate Jan. 6 at Faith Heritage.Back on Dec. 16, ESM faced Cortland and lost in four sets to the Purple Tigers.Cortland had roared out to a 5-0 start, highlighted by rallying from two sets down to knock off reigning sectional Class B champion Chittenango in five on Dec. 10. Not stopping there, the Purple Tigers swept CBA a day later and then, on Dec. 13, survived a comeback bid from Onondaga to claim another five-set decision.So the ESM match was Cortland’s fourth in seven days, but it jumped all over the Spartans in 25-14 and 25-13 sets.Recovering well from this, ESM did win the third set 25-13 to prolong the match, but with all of its starters back, the Purple Tigers closed it out 25-11 in the fourth.Fortuno produced six kills for the Spartans, adding five assists and five digs. Day had seven assists and 10 digs, with Ransom getting 11 digs and Scolaro and Tyo getting seven digs apiece.To lead Cortland, Grace Call produced 16 assists, her passes often going to Kayci Olson, who had nine kills. Lexi Zacek paced the Purple Tigers’ defense, earning nine digs.ESM plays in the Watertown Pink-Out Clash this weekend, and goes to another tournament at Mount Markham on Jan. 4 a day after a match against Camden.
Senior captain Brittney Dolgner ended her career on a sour note, watching from the sidelines as UW fell to the Boilermakers.[/media-credit]It was a frustrating end to a frustrating season for the Wisconsin volleyball team as the Badgers lost their season finale in five sets to the Purdue Boilermakers at the Field House.After Purdue took the first two sets by a score of 25-23 and 25-19, UW answered with an impressive 25-15 win in the third set and 25-20 result in the fourth, forcing a fifth set. The Boilermakers escaped Madison with the season-ending victory as they took the final set 15-11 over the Badgers.“I was real proud of how they battled to come back to the fifth (set),” head coach Pete Waite said. “I just wish they could have been rewarded by winning that fifth and getting it done here tonight for the seniors or for the whole team finishing off the season.”Wisconsin was shorthanded from the beginning Saturday night after losing freshman Kirby Toon to an injured left thumb a night earlier. Toon’s absence forced UW to alter its lineup, which may have led to the Badgers’ slow start.The Badgers’ attack was abysmal in the first set as they finished with just a .098 hitting percentage and just 14 kills to 10 errors. Purdue was not much better, but the Boilermakers hit .114 in the first set, which allowed them to escape with the 25-23 result.UW continued to struggle in the second set but improved as the Badgers hit .212. Unfortunately for Wisconsin, the Purdue attack had its best set on the night, hitting .375 with just four errors to 16 kills, which allowed PU to take the 25-19 win and a two-set lead.Despite the slow start, Waite was happy with the way his team reacted to the loss of Toon.“It is tough … but I think they really stepped up and adjusted well,” Waite said of his team. “Especially someone like Mary Ording, who has hardly practiced on the right all season and yet we asked her to do that, and she did well. Kelsey Maloney (had a) great match — 10 kills and one error.”“I think just everyone has to step their game up a little bit,” freshman Alexis Mitchell added. “Mary did a great job coming in on the right side. She stepped it up for us and got some big blocks at the end there.”Mitchell led the UW attack, tallying 15 kills to just three errors for a .375 hitting percentage on the night, which was second only to Maloney. Ording and Maloney were especially important as they helped UW bounce back after dropping the first two sets.With the team struggling through the first two sets, Waite changed things up beginning with the third set, including removing seniors Brittney Dolgner and Caity DuPont in favor of younger players.Waite’s changes worked, as the Badgers dominated the third set, 25-15 to extend the match to a fourth set. UW had 13 kills to just three errors in the third, improving their percentage again as the Boilermakers hit just .108, their worst in any set on the night.“I think our serve receive picked up a lot,” Dolgner said. “Tougher serving and keeping them out of their offense was definitely a key factor in that. And then we were just blocking a lot more balls and just being really scrappy and picking up a lot of our defense.”The fourth set was not quite as easy as the third, but the Badgers still came out on top, 25-20, in order to force a fifth and final set, which would be the last of their season.It looked like UW could finally get a victory and avoid ending the year on nine match losing streak and a home loss, but the Boilermakers responded well in the final set.After the two teams battled to a 7-7 tie, Purdue took control, scoring four straight points and forcing a UW timeout.Although the Badgers battled back to cut the lead to three points at 13-10 and again at 14-11, they couldn’t escape the Field House with a win Saturday, falling 15-11 in the final set.With nine straight losses to end the season, Wisconsin will not compete in its second straight NCAA Tournament, the first time the Badgers have missed back-to-back tournaments since 1988-89.“That’s no fun; we want to stop that,” Waite said of the losing streak. “But I think the team has stayed really positive throughout the whole last half of the Big Ten season. They continued to work hard … looking to next year, they’ll be much more experienced and savvy on the court.”
By John BurtonTRENTON — Fresh water anglers next weekend will be able to take advantage of two days of free fishing.The Christie administration announced it will again hold the state’s annual Free Fishing Days on June 15-16.Fishermen can participate in their sport for those two days without needing to purchase a license or trout stamp, according to the state Department of Environmental Protection (DEP).The free fishing days are held each year to coincide with National Fishing and Boating Week and to encourage the activity by residents and visitors, according to the DEP.While licenses aren’t needed for those two days, other regulations, including size and catch limits, will continue to be enforced.
The fall season runs until October when playoffs conclude the season. Nelson Youth Soccer kicked off the unofficial second half of the 2016 season.The association, with more than 950 registered players, hosts House League action Saturday for all ages.