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LANCASTER, EDEN REACH STATE VOLLEYBALL FINAL

The Lancaster girls volleyball team finds itself in a familiar position -- one match away from a state title.

The Redskins, who have now advanced to the title game for the fourth year in a row, will face Ward Melville for the Class AA title. The match will be held at SUNY-Cortland at 5 p.m.

Ward Melville of Section XI is the team that beat Lancaster in last year's final.

Lancaster earned the rematch with the Patriots by advancing out of Friday's pool play. The 'Skins beat Horseheads in both games and split with Pine Bush and Ward Melville. Stephanie Jansma and Lindsay Schlegel combined fir 14 kills.

"We played like a team. We were covering each other, playing so intense, almost running over each other," said coach Sue Pernick. "These seniors can seal it. Amanda Blando and Val Grell -- they held that back row down.

"We made a lot of errors against Ward Melville," added Pernick. "We did not play our best game, but we were just coming off our match with Horseheads. Even with our mistakes, we pulled it off."

Class A: Starpoint was eliminated in pool play after losing both games to Hendrick Hudson, Burnt Hills and splitting with Wantagh.

"It was great, a good experience," said Spartans coach Sue Rexford. "We did not play our Starpoint volleyball, but we had bright spots. We started out kind of slow, and in this type of competition, you can't do that."

Allie Matters had 29 kills and Amanda Boron had 10 service points. The Spartans finish 21-3.

Class B: Eden (22-2) won a one-game playoff with Cobleskill-Richmondville, 25-13, to reach today's final. The Raiders will face John Glenn today at 1 p.m., the same team they've met in the last three finals. Eden won the first two years and John Glenn won last year.

"In any sport you need a player who can get you those immediate, quick points," said coach Stephen Pierce. "We don't have a big monster who can put away easy kills for us. Everything has got to be near perfect for us. It was a struggle, but we got there. We did play well against John Glenn, so that makes me feel good about tomorrow."

Jodi Smith had 47 kills on the day. Tracy Henry had 23 kills and Shannon Henningan had 98 assists.

Girls swimming

Freshman Casey Matthews of Williamsville North was leading the diving competition by a wide margin at the Section VI Swimming and Diving championships. The top 24 divers advance to today's finals at the Erie Community College Burt Flickinger Aquatic Center.

The final three dives will be contested today, along with the finals of the other events, starting at 11 a.m.

Matthews scored the highest point total on an inward 1 1/2 pike, which she scored 48 points on.

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