Comets ready for postseason with win over Lakewood


By Carl Sullenberger - For the News-Times



<p style="text-align: right;">Carl Sullenberger | Amherst News-Times Shannon Minney gets a dig on Thursday in a 3-0 win over Lakewood. The junior is a major factor in the Comets’ 16-6 season with her defensive play.

Carl Sullenberger | Amherst News-Times Shannon Minney gets a dig on Thursday in a 3-0 win over Lakewood. The junior is a major factor in the Comets’ 16-6 season with her defensive play.


Senior Night is always a charged event and Thursday the Lady Comets won in straight sets over Lakewood to wrap up the season.

“We had a lot of kids play really well tonight,” said coach Laurie Cogan. “I thought our seniors played very, very well. Sometimes you can get too caught up emotionally in your last match on this floor in your high school career, but I thought they kept their emotions in check on the court. I thought they did an outstanding job.”

Set one was tied many times until 13-all before Amherst slowly opened a gap for a 25-20 win.

The Comets had 17 kills in the set: Ashley Makruski for five, Alana Carrion, Sarah Wiegand, and Symone Williams all hit for three, Tory Small for two, and Audrey McConihe for one. At the net, Carrion was phenomenal with four blocks, two for points.

“Alana Carrion was absolutely lights out getting multiple blocks. She really made it difficult for their offense to get the ball across the net. She was exceptional end to end. I was impressed with Alana Carrion tonight,” Cogan said.

In the set the defense of Madison Cruzado, Brianne McHugh, Erika Eischen, and Shannon Minney had to contend with 14 kills from the Rangers led by Gabby Wine and Alex Tubbs with four kills each.

“There was some very good defense being played by both teams. We hung in there. I’m proud of our hitters and very proud of our defense and the net play. I thought we touched and blocked a lot of balls, probably more than any match I’ve seen,” said Cogan.

In set two, Wine had five of the eight kills by Lakewood. The Comets hitters overwhelmed the defense with 14 kills. This time Makruski and Wiegand hit for four each while Carrion and Small had three kills in the 25-16 Amherst win.

Makruski had a pair of block points as Carrion made her third of the evening. Though not scoring on the block, Tory Small had four blocks to this point in the match while working well with Makruski.

Comets hitters added another 14 kills in set three. Makruski was the powerhouse with seven kills. Wiegand hit for four and Small another three to take the set 25-19 and the match 3-0.

As she has all season, London Voss was outstanding in setting. She was also integral to the defense and she served up a pair of aces.

Voss’ aces, along with three more by Cruzado put the icing on the win.

Amherst volleyball ends the season with a 16-6 and 15-3 Southwestern Conference record.

Carl Sullenberger | Amherst News-Times Shannon Minney gets a dig on Thursday in a 3-0 win over Lakewood. The junior is a major factor in the Comets’ 16-6 season with her defensive play.

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Carl Sullenberger | Amherst News-Times Shannon Minney gets a dig on Thursday in a 3-0 win over Lakewood. The junior is a major factor in the Comets’ 16-6 season with her defensive play.

By Carl Sullenberger

For the News-Times