Eden stays unbeaten
There's nothing like playing Eden to shake a team's confidence.
The Salamanca girls volleyball team lost to the Raiders in three games in Thursday's Class C semifinal match. Salamanca, winners of CCIAC II, entered the match undefeated with wins in the Jamestown and Falconer Tournaments. Eden had an impressive resume as well as its 20-0 record included titles in the Horseheads and Eden Tournaments.
Salamanca (19-1) proved no match for Eden as junior Heather Henry had 22 kills and sophomore Katie Eschner had six kills in the 25-10, 25-9, 25-8 win.
"They were confident. They brought up a huge busload of fans," said Eden coach Stephen Pierce. "We quieted them immediately with a 10-1 lead [in the first game]. Their two outsides [hitters] are very good and they have a strong middle, but we took them out of the game with our serves and constant attack."
Eden will play for its ninth Section VI title in a row when it takes on Cassadaga Valley (19-5) on Saturday at Hilbert. The Cougars eliminated Allegany-Limestone in their semifinal.
East Aurora took three close games from City Honors to advance to the Class B final. Audrey Zimmerman had 13 kills, Kathryn Pierce had nine kills and Olivia Zimmerman had 12 digs for the Blue Devils.
EA (15-2) will face Newfane (20-1) for the title Saturday. Newfane, which has been to the title game three years in a row, defeated Cheektowaga in its semifinal in five games.
In Class AA, defending champion Lancaster needed four games to topple Frontier, and Kenmore West eliminated Orchard Park. Chelsea Moore had 13 digs and Rachael Bowler had 15 kills for Kenmore West.
ECIC volleyball shines
Four teams in the ECIC eliminated four teams in the Niagara Frontier League in Class A boys volleyball quarterfinal matches.
Defending Section VI champion Lancaster eliminated Niagara-Wheatfield while No. 1 seed Orchard Park ousted Kenmore East.
Craig Freier had 17 kills and Ryan Garby 15 kills for Lancaster. Orchard Park was led by Pat Schwagler's 11 aces and 14 kills from Tom Comfort.
In the other half of the bracket, Hamburg beat Grand Island and Frontier downed NFL champion North Tonawanda. Adam Dings had 28 assists for Hamburg. The Falcons were led by Jason Norsen's 16 kills and Cliff Quinn's 44 assists.
OP enters Saturday's 6 p.m. match having beaten Lancaster twice in ECIC I play. Hamburg plays Frontier at 4 p.m.
Class B No. 1 seed Amherst needed five games, including 27-25 in the final game, to get past ninth-seeded East Aurora. The Tigers' Charlie Gomez had 32 kills and Andrew Hayes had 110 assists.
In the Monsignor Martin Association, Canisius (23-7) advanced to the title game with a semifinal win over St. Francis. Alex Mendez had 12 kills and Nate Fleming had 11 as the Crusaders look to win their eighth straight title Tuesday against St. Joe's.