Fayetteville-Manlius Men’s Volleyball Edges ESM in Five Sets – Eagle News Online


ONONDAGA COUNTY – Heading into the Division III playoffs, each of the region’s three high school boys’ volleyball teams added to their win totals.

Still, the best match involved two of them against each other, Fayetteville-Manlius rallying from two sets to beat East Syracuse Minoa last Thursday night in a five-set classic.

The Spartans seemed to have things in hand as they won the first set 25-22 and then went through the second set with a 25-16 margin.

Fighting back, the Hornets won the third 25-18 and, pushed to the brink in the fourth set, managed to seize it 25-18, leading to a final set where FM, by a 15-11 margin, held off. completed the return.

Collecting 46 assists, Connor Sugar moved to a front line led by Kieran Egan, who had 12 kills. John Angelicola had 10 kills, with Max Danaher adding nine kills, 10 digs and three assists.

Chris Cleary had eight kills while Mike McAndrew had seven and Charles Addonizio added five kills. Ryan Blum and Sean Kellish tied Addonizio’s total of six digs, with Sugar adding five digs.

Jamesville DeWittthe Sectional Division II tournament favorites, cemented that status last Monday by claiming a four-set decision against the Oswego Buccaneers.

Each of the first two sets went 25-19 in favor of the Red Rams. Oswego narrowly avoided a sweep, winning the third set 26-24, but JD closed it 25-21 in a tough fourth set.

Tim Cooper, with his 42 assists, passed him on to a frontline that included Aidan Bates and Luke McQuaid, who each had 11 takedowns. Avery Kielbasinski had 10 kills with Aaron Ko getting seven kills and Michael Ryan six kills as Ko and Ryan both got three blocks.

Then, in Thursday’s showdown with the Living Word Academy, the Rams were pretty impressive, recording a 25-19, 25-18, 25-22 sweep of the defending Division II champion Lions.

Between McQuaid, who had 12 kills, and Ko, who had eight kills, JD had plenty of power ahead of Cooper, who had 24 kills as Kielbasinski contributed five kills.

ESM wants to challenge JD, and what happened in last Monday’s match against Living Word Academy should have been encouraging, even with FM losing later in the week.

In the tight first and second sets, the Spartans beat the Lions by equal margins of 26-24, then prevailed 25-21 in the third to complete the sweep as Cole Thomas and Tristan Henderson had 10 kills apiece , with Donovan Randall getting 22 assists and Jacob Sehn adding six digs.

FM faced Oswego last Tuesday night, and it was a tight game early on, with the Hornets winning the first set 25-20 but losing the second 25-23 to the Buccaneers.

Here the third set proved to be decisive, FM and Oswego both had a chance to go ahead, but once the Hornets won 27-25 they went through the fourth set to close out the Bucs 25-17.

Both Cleary and Addonizio had nine kills, with Addonizio adding three aces and five digs. Danaher and Egan had six kills each while Sugar had 27 assists and Axel Chamot had five assists. Kellish led the Hornets with six digs.

The Sectional Division I playoffs have FM face Liverpool to see who will challenge top seed Cicero-North Syracuse in Saturday’s final, while in the JD Division II seed face Oswego and ESM, the no. 2 seed, faces the Living Word.


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