Medina Journal-Register — Sparked by an overtime victory in the opening set, Albion went on to defeat host Medina 26-24, 25-18, 25-9 Tuesday in a Niagara-Orleans League volleyball match.
Cady Messmer registered three of her game high 12 spiking kills to polish off three of the final four points in Albion’s decisive opening set win.
“Our kids had to play,” Albion coach Ann Capacci said. “Medina came out like gangbusters in the first set and put us back on our heels. It’s such a game of momentum so that was a big game to win.”
Medina had grabbed a 21-20 lead late in the sea-saw opening set off a four point run of service points by Nakisha Jones.
A tip for a point by Jessica Rosenbeck kept the Mustangs up 24-23 but the final three points and the set belonged to Albion as Messmer registered spikes for points 24 and 26.
Spike kills by Alba Perez and Jenna Carpenter along with block by Jenn Molisani at the outset of the second set helped Medina build up an 11-8 lead.
Albion though came battling back ignited by two kills by Kelsee Soule and one by Brie Dixon who then put together a big string of six straight service points, including two aces, to rally the Purple Eagles into the lead for good at 17-12. Two blocks and a kill by Eboni Taylor highlighted that rally.
Medina could get no closer than 22-17 after that as Albion closed out the set with kills by Messmer and Melynda Hastings for points 23 and 34 and an ace by Messmer for the final point.
Albion then quickly closed out the match by taking the final set 25-9 as Martha Vallejo-Miller served up points 3-7 including three aces, Messmer 9-12, Halle Jurs 14-16, Hastings 18-22 and Julissa Curcie 24-25.
“We came out great and played with confidence early,” Medina coach Tim Lincoln said. “But later in the match we struggled with our confidence.”