CHITTENANGO – Remsen was pushed to the limit during Saturday’s Section III Class D volleyball final.
The Rams responded to thoroughly dominate the fifth and deciding game for a 3-2 victory over Cincinnatus at Chittenango High School.
The Rams won 25-19, 23-25, 25-23, 22-25, 25-15 to take home their third consecutive sectional title.
“It’s very special,” Rams head coach Greg Roos said moments after the victory. “It was a very emotional match. When they were up, we were down and when we got on a roll, they were down.”
The Rams looked to be closing the match out in the fourth game, when it built a big lead. However, Cincinnatus stormed past Remsen to force a fifth game.
“When we had that lead in the fourth, I figured it was ours,” Roos said. “When we lost, I was nervous. But having girls that have been here before made us think we could do it. I really think our experience helped and was the difference.”
Hailey Murray, the lone player to be on all three title teams, knew her team would pull together when it mattered most.
“When it comes to crunch time we are unbeatable,” Murray said. “We are very confident in each other and we have each other’s back.”
Murray led the way with 37 assists and eight kills, while Julia Roos had 17 kills and nine digs.
“Words can’t describe how this feels,” Murray said. “It’s very rare to be able to be part of a team that comes together and really cares about each other.”