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C-NS boys volleyball sweeps past Baldwinsville for Division I title
11/5/2018 5:45 AM

The Cicero-North Syracuse Northstars have picked up their fourth straight Division I sectional final after defeating the Baldwinsville Bees 3-0 (25-16, 25-21, 25-23) on Saturday at Jamesville-DeWitt high school.   “I am so happy for our seniors,” C-NS Head Coach Mike Lucia said after the game. “And our juniors and sophomores played lights out today against probably the deepest field that Section III’s had since I started.”  The first game could have been anyone’s to win: it was back and forth for the majority of the game until C-NS took a 13-8 lead and didn’t look back. Baldwinsville took an early lead in the second game until C-NS started to gain its momentum back.  Lucia said before the third game, he told his players they “haven’t won a thing yet.”  “I said ‘respect your opponent and respect the game, and you know as well as I do that we haven't won a thing yet,’” Lucia said.  Game three started with the Northstars taking a 14-9 lead over the Bees. After four points in a row, the Bees came back and shortened the lead to 16-14. Eventually, the teams would go on to be tied 22-22 and then each gained one more point.  While the Bees sat at 23 points, C-NS gained one more. With a nearly silent gym, the Northstars served the ball. After a few hits, C-NS hit the ball onto the Bees’ side of the court and landed it perfectly for the game-winning, match-winning point.  Senior libero and outside hitter Trent Caviness has played for C-NS for the last three years. Currently, he’s the top-ranked player in Section III for service aces (61) and kills (171), and he’s the sixth-ranked player for assists (13.3) and seventh-ranked in blocks (26).  Saturday, he had three aces, 11 kills, 16 assists, three blocks, and four digs. Caviness said the team had a lot of graduating seniors last season.  “We lost a lot of people and everybody thought we were down, but we just kept pushing everybody and everybody pushed each other, and we just learned how to pull it out,” Caviness said.  The Northstars will go on to play the Section I winners on Nov. 9 in the sub-regional competition.  Lucia said due to regional make-up, they’ve never played Section I before.  “We have four practices to get ready for a high-quality team in Section I, and we look forward to them coming to Section III to play us,” Lucia said he told his team.  Caviness, as a graduating senior, said his advice to his team is: “Everybody's gotta be good, (numbers) one through 15. We all have to push each other every day in practice, and we'll figure it out and we'll pull it through.”  Lucia told his team they have 48 hours to enjoy their win.  “And then Monday we have a new goal — and that's to be regional champions.”

 


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