Blackhawks Serve Up A Senior Night Sweep Over Hornets
Published: October 10th, 2018
By: Meagan Schulz

Blackhawks serve up a senior night sweep over Hornets

OXFORD – The Blackhawks honored their eight seniors with a three game win over Harpursville/Afton Tuesday night, winning in straight sets.

Oxford’s Allison Beckwith started game one off with a tough serve that spun back to the side of the Blackhawks to give the Hornets the first point of the match. Just one point later, the serve returned to Oxford and Maria Thompson served up four straight points for the home team who took a 4-1 lead.

As Harpursville/Afton tied the game at 4-4, the set went back and forth. Oxford, however, never trailed in the set following the first point.

On their way to 16-8 lead, Jessie Howe delivered eight serves that the Blackhawks scored on.

Later in the game, Beckwith got a second try on her serve and took full advantage of it. She finished the game with five aces on her low line-drive float serve, aiding the game one 25-13 win for Oxford.

The Hornets started the second game with an ace from Sophie Gove but the game once again went back and forth. Oxford took their first lead of the set at 4-3 but Oliviah Harris-Morris of Harpursville/Afton fired a kill to tie it at 4-4.

Once again, Oxford grew their lead and never lost it despite the attempt by the Hornets when they closed the gap down to nine. Beckwith’s serve pulled the Blackhawks within one point of winning the game and her team closed it out one point later, capturing the second set win with a final of 24-10.

The final set also started off close. That was until Oxford’s only underclassman on the floor, Lily Horton took the serve and gave the Blackhawks an eight point lead. Howe closed the set out with the final service point to give her team a senior night sweep.

Howe ended the night with four aces, three kills and six digs while Beckwith added five aces, nine kills and five assists. Kelsey Drewniak and Andrea Dempsey combined for 12 digs in the contest.

Harris-Morris recorded six kills and five digs while Gove passed out 13 assists to go along with her 5 digs.

Next match for the Lady Blackhawks (8-1) is Thursday at Sidney. Match is scheduled for 6:30 p.m.

Oxford 3, Harpursville/Afton 0

25-13, 25-11, 25-14

Harpursville/Afton: Mallory Carman 1 ace; Oliviah Harris-Morris 6 kills, 5 digs; Sophie Gove 13 assists, 5 digs.

Oxford: Allison Beckwith 5 aces, 9 kills, 5 assists; Jessie Howe 4 aces, 3 kills, 6 digs; Kelsey Drewniak 7 digs; Andrea Dempsey 5 digs.

Unadilla Valley 3, Delhi 1

NEW BERLIN – Dominating the first two games, Unadilla Valley pulled out a 3-1 win over Delhi Tuesday night. Before the match, the Storm recognized their 10 seniors.

UV came out attacking, winning the first set with a final of 25-10 and didn’t slow down there. In the second game, the Storm allowed Delhi to score half as many points as the first on their way to the set win.

Delhi answered by winning the third game 25-14 but Unadilla Valley was not going to allow the visiting team to take another victory on senior night, putting the Bulldogs away with a game four win of 25-13.

“As it was our senior night, it was nice to see all of our seniors really come together to get that win,” said Storm head coach Bridget McHugh.

Sierra Schrag paced the home team with five aces, three kills and nine assists. Erin Kelly led the team with seven aces while Desiree Furegson finished with eight kills. Teammates Rebecca Ruffino and Caitlyn Reynolds ended the night with a combined total of 16 digs in the win.

Veronica Armstrong recorded three kills and five aces while teammate Lindsey Wright passed five assists in the loss for Delhi.

Unadilla Valley will be on the road to Harpursville/Afton for a 6:30 p.m. match on Thursday.

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