Carmen Sapp and Celia Cordero faced off against each other many times during their Finger Lakes East encounters in volleyball, basketball and lacrosse. Sapp, a Geneva High School graduate, and Cordero, a Midlakes alumna, squared off mostly on the volleyball court: each played five varsity seasons at their respective schools.

Now, the duo is on the same side of the net.

Sapp and Cordero are enjoying solid debuts as freshmen on the Nazareth College women’s volleyball team.

Last weekend, the Golden Flyers cemented the No. 3 spot in the upcoming Empire 8 Athletic Conference tournament. Nazareth improved to 17-15, including 5-3 in E8 matches, with victories over Alfred University and Utica on Saturday.

Sapp equaled her career high with 10 kills against the host Saxons. She tacked on seven more kills in a sweep of Utica.

Cordero and Sapp have appeared in all 32 matches for the Flyers. Cordero is third on the team with 160 kills (1.44 per set) and 238 digs (2.14 per set).

Sapp has 126 kills (1.24 per set) and 24 blocks.

Nazareth will tune up for the conference championship by hosting the New York State Challenge this weekend.

Cordero isn’t the only Midlakes connection at Nazareth.

Jake Kemp made an impact on the Golden Flyers as a freshman setter last year. Kyle Salisbury, who coaches the Midlakes boys and girls teams, will begin his 13th season an assistant coach at Nazareth this winter.

Wunder, RIT clinch Liberty playoff spot

The RIT women’s volleyball team locked up the No. 3 seed in the upcoming Liberty League tournament after splitting weekend matches against 17-ranked Clarkson (a 3-1 loss) and Skidmore (a 3-0 win).

Liz Wunder (Penn Yan) helped the Tigers sweep Skidmore with four kills.

A freshman, Wunder has been productive in the 45 sets she’s played, accumulating 37 kills, 26 blocks and 14 digs.

RIT will compete in the New York State Challenge this weekend before playing in the Liberty League semifinal Nov. 6.

Gagliano finding the net at Canisius

Sam Gagliano (Pal-Mac) has found her scoring touch as a sophomore for the Division I Canisius women’s soccer team.

Gagliano is in a three-way tie for team-high honors with four goals and is second in total points (9). She has played in 16 games for the Golden Griffins, including 12 starts.

Sports Coordinator Gregory G. McNall’s “College Notebook” appears Thursdays in the Finger Lakes Times. It features graduates from Ontario, Wayne, Yates and Seneca counties who are playing in college. Call Greg at 789-3333 ext. 244, fax him at 789-4077 or email him at gmcnall@fltimes.com.

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