Panthers Volleyball Tops Niagara in Regional Pod

Erin Harkenrider and Megan Ball celebrate a point. (Darl Zehr Photography)
Erin Harkenrider and Megan Ball celebrate a point. (Darl Zehr Photography)

For the third time in four Region III Pods this year, the Tompkins Cortland Community College volleyball team finished a Saturday with a record of 1-2. This time the Panthers were the host for the Pod, losing to Erie Community College, beating Niagara County Community College, and falling to Jamestown Community College. The Panthers are now 3-13 on the season.

The first match of the day was with Erie, which the Kats won 25-16, 25-23, and 25-19. Sierra Stauber (McGraw/McGraw H.S.) and Molly Baker (Newark Valley/Newark Valley H.S.) each had eight kills and two blocks in the match, and Natasha Feocco (Dryden/Newfield H.S.) had 21 assists.

The second match gave the Panthers a hard-fought win. Taking on Niagara, the Panthers won in five sets: 25-15, 26-24, 19-25, 7-25, 15-7.  Baker pounded out nine kills to go with three blocks and three aces. Feocco had 22 assists and Erin Harkenrider (Dryden/Dryden H.S.) had seven kills, five digs, and four aces.

The last time on the court for the Panthers was against Jamestown, the only undefeated team in the region. The Jayhawks finished off the Panthers in straight sets, 25-10, 25-18, 25-20. Baker again led the team with nine kills and two blocks with Feocco directing things with 17 assists. Kayla Scuderi (Deposit/Deposit H.S.) pulled out a team-best five digs.

Tuesday is the home finale for the Panthers as the team welcomes Jefferson Community College for a 6 p.m. start.