ALBION — Coach Ann Capacci's squad has shown effective chemistry and resilience all season long, as the team worked through its Niagara-Orleans League season in perfect fashion, compiling a 12-0 league record.
Why should there be any reason to think the postseason will be any different?
No. 2 Albion matched up against No. 15 Lew-Port in a Class B volleyball pre-quarterfinal on Friday evening, and the Lady Purple Eagles picked up right where they left off. Albion won in straight sets, 3-0, and advances to play No. 7 Iroquois in the quarterfinal round on Tuesday afternoon. Start time is slated for 4:30 p.m., at the Albion HS gym.
Sara Millspaugh led Albion with nine kills, three digs and an ace, while Kelsee Soule had eight kills, eight digs and an ace. Chanyce Powell had six kills, a dig and a block, while Meghan Hurley had four kills, six digs and 11 assists. Jasmyn Smith added five digs, five aces and eight assists.
Albion won the first set 25-16, the second set 25-15 and the decisive third set 25-13.
Medina 3, East 0
BUFFALO — Jenna Carpenter led the Lady Mustangs with 10 kills, as coach Tim Lincoln's Medina squad came out of Buffalo with a straight-set upset victory over No. 4 East HS in a Class C volleyball pre-quarterfinal matchup on Friday evening.
Nicole Blount had six aces and three kills for No. 13 Medina, while Emily Kams added seven assists. Medina won the first set 25-18, the second set 25-20 and the decisive third set 25-15.
Medina moves on to face No. 5 Southwestern at 6 p.m. Tuesday in West Ellicott, which is near Jamestown. The Lady Mustangs were the only lower-seeded team in the Class C bracket to upset the higher seed in the pre-quarterfinal round.
Roy-Hart 3, JFK 0
MIDDLEPORT — Eliza Schwab led the Lady Rams with five kills, two blocks and three aces, as coach Bill Holahan's Roy-Hart squad defeated No. 10 JFK in straight sets, in a Class C volleyball pre-quarterfinal matchup on Friday evening.
No. 7 Roy-Hart moves on to face No. 2 Eden on Tuesday evening. Start time is slated for 7 p.m. at Eden HS.
Akron 5, Roy-Hart 2
AKRON — It was a spirited run through the playoffs for coach Michelle Jennings' Roy-Hart squad, but the Lady Rams ran out of gas in a Class B girls soccer quarterfinal matchup on Friday afternoon.
Akron took a 2-0 halftime lead on goals by Paige Buscaglia and Erica Papke, and expanded the lead to 3-0 on another goal by Papke just 13 minutes into the second half.
No. 12 Roy-Hart cut into the lead on goals by Emma Lindke and Amber Villella midway through the second half, making the score 3-2, but Akron pulled away near the end on goals by Ashley Cummings and Papke.
Lindke's goal was assisted by Taylor Fry, and Villella's goal was assisted by Katelyn DiBenedetto.
No. 4 Akron moves on to face No. 8 Fredonia in the Class B semifinals on Tuesday at the Amherst Turf Field. Start time is set for 7:30 p.m.
Barker boys, Akron girls win All-League
LAKESIDE — The Barker boys and Akron girls cross-country teams came away with victories in the All-Niagara Orleans League championship meet at Lakeside Beach State Park on Saturday.
In the boys division, Barker earned the top four spots, led by Sergio Cruz, who won the race with a time of 17:22. Barker's Bryce Moeller took second, Hayden Hathaway took third and Casey Webb finished fourth.
Medina's Dalton Cerbone finished fifth, earning a spot on the All-League team, along with Wilson's Trey Rees (sixth) and Barker's Douglas Bachman (seventh).
Medina's Austin Heil finished 14th, as the Mustangs finished fourth overall with 125 points. Barker won with 17 points, Newfane finished second with 81, and Akron took third with 93 points. Albion finished sixth with 140 points, and Roy-Hart took seventh of eight with 158.
In the girls division, Newfane's Kelly Bochnewetch won the race for the second consecutive season with a time of 19:41. Akron took second and third place, with Margo Henley coming in second and Eliza Papke finishing third.
Medina's Holly Heil came in fifth place individually, while Albion's Meredith Patterson took seventh, each earning a spot on the All-League team.
As a team, Akron won the meet with 28 points, while Newfane came in second with 63. Barker took third at 85 points, Roy-Hart finished fourth at 122, and Albion finished sixth at 129.
Roy-Hart's Chelsea Herriven finished 11th overall, while the Lady Rams' Emily Faltyn finished 16th. Albion's Hannah Wehling took 17th place.