Frontier boys top Lancaster
The Frontier boys volleyball team tossed aside a season’s worth of adversity to put together one of their best performances of the season in knocking off Lancaster, 3-1, on Thursday in a Class A quarterfinal game.
The Falcons dropped the first set, 25-19, then rolled in the next three, 25-21, 25-18, 25-21.
“We’ve definitely had our struggles this season and we’ve been bitten by the injury bug a couple of times so the win definitely meant a lot to us,” Frontier coach Bill Faust said. “We’ve battled through a lot and the win was an example of persevering.”
Two starters missed a significant amount of time, one who is essentially gone for the season with a broken thumb while the other, Dylan Durni, has been hindered by a back injury although he has returned to the lineup and recorded 15 kills and six digs on Thursday.
Things didn’t appear promising for Frontier after falling in the first set, 25-19, but Faust managed to regroup the Falcons quickly.
“I told my guys we have a lot of seniors and a lot of multisport athletes and cool heads need to prevail,” he said. “They decided to forget the first game and pick up their game.”
Faust called Erik Hatten “an X-factor” at serve as the senior responded with four aces along with 12 kills and two solo blocks. Tom Stoklosa finished with four kills and eight blocks, while Jake Gleason added 30 assists for Frontier. The Falcons move on to face West Seneca West, which defeated Niagara Falls in straight sets, 25-3, 25-5, 25-14, as Josh Lund recorded 12 kills.
Eden, Grand Island, Hamburg and Williamsville South all swept their Class B boys volleyball semifinals matchups.
Eden, led by Declan Pierce (14 kills) and Hadyn Herc (10 kills, three blocks) downed Lake Shore, 25-20, 25-19, 25-23.
Brock Tetreault finished with 15 kills and five digs as Grand Island downed Maryvale, 25-16, 25-15, 25-17, while Hamburg pushed by Sweet Home, 25-15, 25-8, 25-15.
Will South’s Anthony Podgorsak had 13 kills and Joe Zanelotti added 38 assists in the Billies’ 25-15, 25-21, 25-22 triumph over rival Williamsville East.
Akron, Medina take titles
Akron’s Chris Mayrose scored both goals as the Tigers captured the Class B-2 boys soccer championship with a 2-0 victory over Southwestern. In the Class B-1 title game, Medina defeated Newfane, 2-1 in double overtime.