Penn Yan girl spikers Section V title bid comes up short

Gary Pinneo

The Penn Yan Mustang volleyball team was looking to achieve their ultimate season’s goal Saturday afternoon in Webster. The Orange and Blue spikers could have brought home a Section V, Class B title with a win over a very talented Wayne team. The Wayne Eagles were the number one seed in the bracket, sporting an 18-1 record. Penn Yan entered the contest as the #3 seed with a 17-3 record.

Two of the best teams in the section were set to face off on the court with a Sectional crown on the line. And the match was played exactly as billed. The Mustangs girls won the first two matches by 26-24 scores and seemed to be in control. But Wayne was the top team for a reason. The Ontario lakeshore squad bounced back to take games 3 and 4, winning 25-21. This set up a winner-take-all final match. In a closely contested final tilt, Wayne prevailed 26-24 to take the championship by a 3-2 final score. Wayne is the Section V, Class B champion.

The Mustang girls came close, just one match short. But 2017 was a stellar year for the Penn Yan volleyball girls. They end the season as the second-best team in Class B and posting an outstanding 17-4 record.

Penn Yan was once again led by senior Emily Wunder in the championship game against Wayne. She had 28 kills, 14 assists, 9 blocks, 25 digs, and 3 service aces. Teammate Sydney Bloom, also a senior, added 12 kills, 20 assists, 38 digs, 12 kills, 1 ace in her final high school volleyball game. Elissa Callaway contributed 2 aces, 2 kills, 20 assists, 1 block, and 18 digs.

Sydney Bloom and Emily Wunder were named to the Section V Class B All-Star team.