Bigford, Cummings lead C-NS to thrilling comeback over Oswego
10/12/2017 6:21 AM

Cicero-North Syracuse started perhaps the most difficult three-match stretch of their campaign last week and wrapped it up by passing with flying colors in Tuesday's 3-2 win over Oswego. After falling behind 2-0 against the host Buccaneers, the Northstars concluded an exciting comeback with a 15-10 victory in the fifth set to improve to 11-0 on the year.  Each of the past three matches for C-NS have been road contests against some of their top top competition in Section III, with 3-0 sweeps of Fayetteville-Manlius and Baldwinsville preceding Tuesday's tilt with Oswego.  "If you look back a week at our schedule, you can kind of circle those three matches," Northstars coach Mike Lucia said. "To take all three matches was really a testament to our team."  The five sets against the Buccaneers were decided by an average margin of only 2.8 points - with three of them requiring extra points - including a monster 30-29 decision for C-NS in the fourth.  "There was never a sense of panic. There was never a 25-10 type of set," Lucia said. "We just had to force them to make a few more mistakes. ... It was more just one or two points, not a scheme change."  The Northstars win snapped Oswego's seven-match winning streak.  C-NS remains at the top of the SCAC Metro Conference standings, while their opponents remaining comfortably ahead of Central Square and Jamesville-DeWittin the Empire Conference. With his team past the halfway point of the season Lucia noted the importance of now holding a two-game edge on the Bucs.  Although they reside in separate divisions, the format awards one league champion from the group of eight at the end of the season.  "A potential league title might have been on the line last night. To get a two-game lead on Oswego with four (league games) left was huge," the coach said.  Oswego was paced by outside hitter Kyle Kon's 20 kills and server/setter Jason Proud's match-best 46 assists. The Northstars got a match-high 27 kills from Josh Bigford and 42 assists by Tristen Cummings.  "Tristen, we're really proud of him. He was behind Connor Millias, so this is his first year as a starter. It's pretty remarkable what he's doing," Lucia said of the senior.



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