Wednesday's rivalry Niagara-Orleans League volleyball match between Medina and Albion had more significance than that of a standard regular-season contest.
For one thing, Albion was hoping to extend its undefeated season in league play under the guidance of veteran coach Ann Capacci. But perhaps more importantly, the match served as the main attraction of a benefit for breast and ovarian cancer awareness, entitled "Dig Pink, Dig Teal."
Donations were accepted at the door, while wristbands and T-shirts were sold to further the fundraising effort. Medina players wore teal to represent ovarian cancer awareness, while Albion players wore pink for breast cancer awareness.
The event was certainly a success — and as for the volleyball, Albion was just fine. Chanyce Powell led the Lady Purple Eagles with 10 kills and four blocks, as Capacci's squad continued its march to the Niagara-Orleans League title with a straight-set victory over Medina, 3-0.
Kelsee Soule added six kills, six digs and a block for the Lady Purple Eagles, who improve to 10-0 in league play. Medina falls to 4-7.
"We just take it one game at a time," Capacci said. "That's all we do."
Medina was led by Emily Kams, who had eight assists, while Jenna Carpenter and Nicole Blount had five kills apiece.
Albion won the first set 25-15, the second set 25-13 and the third set 25-16. Sara Millspaugh also added three kills, eight digs and four aces for the Lady Purple Eagles.
Roy-Hart 3, Newfane 0
NEWFANE — Eliza Schwab led the Lady Rams with 12 service points, three aces and 14 setting assists, as Roy-Hart defeated Newfane in straight sets in a Niagara-Orleans League volleyball match on Wednesday evening.
Roy-Hart won a tight first set 27-25, before winning the second set 25-17 and third set 25-12. The Lady Rams move to 9-2 in league play, while Newfane falls to 5-5.
Courtney Van Buren added six service points, three aces and four kills for Roy-Hart, while Justine Wittcop had 10 service points, two aces and three kills. Morgan Jones had 10 points, two aces and three kills, and Becky Harnish had three kills.
Byron-Bergen 3, Medina 0
BERGEN — Emily Kams had 10 assists and Jenna Carpenter had three kills, but the Lady Mustangs fell to Byron-Bergen in a non-league volleyball match on Thursday evening.
Byron-Bergen won the first set 25-15, the second set 25-15 and the final set 25-17.
Jade Kenyon contributed five digs for the Lady Mustangs.
Barker 3, Wilson 0
BARKER — It was a balanced attack for the Lady Raiders on Thursday afternoon, who used three different goal scorers and a strong all-around effort from the offense to win a Niagara-Orleans League game over Wilson and remain undefeated in league play.
Gabby Clare opened the scoring with just 3:42 remaining in the first half, on an unassisted goal. Melissa Grosshans and Erin Greenwald tallied in the second half to help Barker pull away.
Goalkeeper Caitlyn Mason didn't need to make any saves in goal, as the defense benefitted from time-of-possession domination on the offensive end, Barker head coach Jeff Costello said.
"I've got to give a lot of credit to our attack players," Costello said. "We possessed the ball really well down in Wilson's end."
Wilson was able to earn a few penalty corners in the Barker end throughout the game, Costello said, but the Lakewomen couldn't take advantage.
The Lady Raiders improve to 9-0 in league play, with a pivotal match at Kenmore East (8-1) looming next Tuesday. Earlier in the season, Barker defeated Kenmore East 1-0 in the waning seconds of overtime.
Wilson falls to 4-5 in the league.
Newfane 8, Medina 0
NEWFANE — Morgan Bedford led the Lady Panthers with two goals and three assists, as Newfane ended Medina's two-game winning streak with a resounding victory in a Niagara-Orleans League game on Thursday afternoon.
The Lady Panthers jumped out to a 5-0 lead at halftime and kept the game scoreless thanks to the strong defense of goalkeeper Sam Summers, Newfane coach Katy Stedman said.
Newfane improves to 4-6 in league play, while Medina falls to 2-8.
Akron 7, Roy-Hart 0
AKRON — Tori Triaga earned the shutout in net for the Lady Tigers, as Akron came away with an easy victory in a Niagara-Orleans League game on Thursday afternoon.
Dakota Earle, Molly Jennings and Claudia Stone all had two goals for Akron, while Stone added a pair of assists.
Akron improves to 6-3 in league play, while Roy-Hart remains winless at 0-10.
Roy-Hart 3, CSAT 0
TOWN OF TONAWANDA — Emma Lindke notched a hat trick for the Lady Rams, as Roy-Hart slogged past CSAT in muddy, wet conditions at Expressway Fields in Tonawanda in a Niagara-Orleans League game on Thursday afternoon.
Despite the field's condition, the Lady Rams earned their three goals through effective ball movement, which has been one of the team's important focal points this season, coach Michelle Jennings said.
"The team moved the ball well," Jennings said. "We work on it all the time, and we did a real good job working the ball upfield."
Lindke scored the first goal with 10 minutes remaining in the first half, benefitting from a crisp pass on a through-ball by Taylor Fry. The score was 1-0 at halftime.
Lindke's second goal came on a direct kick early in the second half, while the final goal came on a drop pass from Amber Villella.
Leah Ribbeck earned the shutout in net, making four saves.
Roy-Hart improves to 5-7 on the season, while CSAT falls to 1-11.
Wilson 5, Medina 0
WILSON — The Lakewomen scored early and often in handing Medina a league defeat in a Niagara-Orleans League girls soccer game on Thursday afternoon.
Wilson remains unbeaten in league play at 10-0-2, while Medina falls to 4-8 in the league. It was a quick step backwards for the Lady Mustangs, who played so well in defeating CSAT 5-0 on Tuesday.
Medina returns to action next Wednesday for a home contest against Akron, before hitting the road for the season finale against Roy-Hart next Friday.
Newfane 2, Albion 1 (OT)
ALBION — Allison Duhow scored the game-winning goal a minute into overtime, off a corner kick from Savannah Jonathan, as the Lady Panthers defeated Albion in a Niagara-Orleans League game on Thursday evening. With the win, Newfane passed Albion and moved into third place in the N-O standings, with only two league games remaining.
Kayla Doyle scored Albion's lone goal, while Sophie Conner also scored for Newfane.
The Lady Purple Eagles fall to 8-4 in league play, while Newfane improves to 8-3-1.
Roy-Hart 3, Holley 0
MIDDLEPORT — Alex Stoddard kicked off the scoring in the first half on an assist from Will Johnson, and the Rams cruised past Holley in a non-league boys soccer game on Wednesday evening.
Lyle Wagner scored later in the first half on a free kick, giving the Rams a 2-0 edge at intermission. David Brooks rounded out the scoring in the second half, on an assist from Wagner.
Maine Walker earned the shutout in goal for Roy-Hart. The two teams had previously played each other in the Holley Tournament earlier this season, where the Rams came away with a 3-2 victory.
Akron 7, Wilson 0
WILSON — Chris Mayrose led the Tigers with four goals, as Akron remained undefeated in Niagara-Orleans League play with a shutout victory on Wednesday afternoon.
Randy Mayer added two goals for the Tigers, who improve to 10-0 in league play. Wilson falls to 2-7-1.