By Mike Wertman
Medina Journal-Register — ALBION — No. 4 seed Albion opened defense of its Section VI Class B-2 volleyball title with a 25-15, 20-25, 25-14, 25-20 victory over No. 5 Alden Wednesday.
In Class C quarterfinal action, No. 2 Wilson downed No. 10 Medina 25-23, 23-25, 25-15, 25-23.
Cady Messmer had 16 spiking kills to spark Albion at the net as Eboni Taylor had six and Kelsee Soule five.
Soule led the Purple Eagles at the service line with six aces as Taylor and Brooke Wilson had four. Soule finished with a total of 15 service points, Halle Jurs 11 and Wilson 10.
“We hadn’t played a match in almost two weeks and that’s too much time off as you lose your edge but we came up with the plays when we had to,” Albion coach Ann Capacci said.
A string of four straight aces by Soule, along with kills by Taylor and Messmer, sparked Albion out to a 7-3 lead in the opening set.
Alden closed the gap to 12-11 but the Purple Eagles pulled away for good behind a key six point run of points by Wilson (14-19), a run which included three aces.
Another ace by Taylor polished off the set winning point.
However, Alden came battling back to knot the match by taking the second at 25-20 highlighted by a late game run of six straight points (15-20).
Answering the challenge, Albion came battling back to take the third set 25-14 as Taylor served up points 7-10 and 21-25 including an ace for the set winner.
Messmer had a total of seven kills in the set including for three of the final six points.
Keeping the momentum, the Purple Eagles claimed a close win in the fourth set to close out the match.
The Purple Eagles dominated at the net down the stretch as Soule registered kills for points 22 and 23 as did Taylor for point 19, Messmer for point 20 and Wilson for point 21.
At the service line, Meghan Hurley registered an ace for point 24.
“We got through it,” Capacci said. “We rose to the occasion and came up and beat them.”
Albion now visits top seeded Olean at 6 this evening in the semifinals. Olean ousted Dunkirk in three sets Wednesday.
WILSON - Lindsay Bryer had 38 assists, four aces and four kills, Jordan Glosser 18 kills, Kristin Sampson 8 kills and six blocks and Kaylee Stewart eight kills to lead the way for Wilson.
Jessica Rosenbck had 26 assists for Medina which also got five kills by both Nakisha Jones and Alba Perez.