The Orchard Park girls volleyball team had its rematch against Lancaster circled on the calendar for awhile now.
After losing in four sets on Sept. 11, the Quakers came away with a three-game sweep on their home court to put them in sole possession of second place in ECIC I. Set scores were 25-21, 25-16 and 25-20.
So what was the difference?
“Our attitude just coming in, and being at home always helps,” Orchard Park coach Greg Lardo said. “This was the biggest crowd we’ve had all season.”
It also helps when you have a veteran setter capable of turning OK passes into hittable sets and making the good passes count. That setter, senior Liz Chow, dished out 34 assists, had 10 digs and made three blocks.
“She’s got great hands,” Lardo said. “She’s been setting on varsity for four years, and this is one of the best matches she’s ever set.”
Rianna Moll added five kills, seven blocks and three aces for the winners.
No. 1 large school Clarence is currently atop the division having swept No. 3 Lancaster in league play and beating the Quakers at home on Sept. 19. The Red Devils visit No. 4 OP next Thursday.
“We have that one circled on our calendar, too,” Lardo said.
Clarence, meanwhile, stayed unbeaten in ECIC I with a 25-10, 25-17 and 25-22 sweep against No. 10 Williamsville North. Leah Victor led the way with 12 kills, while Kennedy Oleszak added six.
Sweet Home needed five sets for an ECIC II win over Starpoint (22-25, 25-15, 25-14, 26-24, 25-14).
Christie Ackendorf had 17 kills, six blocks and three aces, while Dayna Edholm added nine aces, seven kills and three blocks.
In boys volleyball, No. 1 Lockport won a battle of Niagara Frontier League unbeatens with a sweep at North Tonawanda. Set scores were 25-11, 25-11 and 25-12.
Jesse Donorovich led the Lions with 10 kills, 11 digs and a pair of aces. Trevor Book was a standout for the Lumberjacks with 11 kills, seven digs and two blocks.
Lockport hosts NT on Oct. 23.
Golley! Another shutout
Junior goalkeeper Conner Golley set the school record for career shutouts at Allegany-Limestone with his 34th in a 1-0 nonleague boys soccer win at Olean. The Gators remained a perfect 13-0 in the process.
The goal was scored by senior Dylan Talbot, his team-leading 17th, off a throw-in with about 22 minutes left in the first half.
Limestone, ranked No. 5 in the small schools poll, visits No. 2 I-Prep/Grover on Saturday at Johnnie B. Wiley Stadium at 1 p.m.
Elsewhere, Dylan Miskell’s goal in the 56th minute off an assist from senior Cullen Ingraham was the lone marker in Hamburg’s 1-0 ECIC II win at Williamsville South.
Miskell, just a freshman, leads the team with nine goals on the season. Ingraham has a team-high 13 assists.
The Bulldogs finish up league play next week with key games Wednesday and Friday at Starpoint and Williamsville East, respectively. All three teams have a shot at the division title.
Sultan Ahmed scored the game-winning goal in the 76th minute for Cheektowaga in an ECIC III win at Lake Shore. Ryan Moretta had 14 saves in the shutout.
Maryvale won a 1-0 game against Iroquois behind Blake Borycki’s goal in the 48th minute. Garrett Henry had the clean sheet.
In girls soccer, Akron’s Kara Seguin had three goals and five assists, and Jenna Robnett added another three goals in a 9-0 Niagara-Orleans League win at Barker. Mary Davis only needed one save for the shutout.
Also in the N-O, Brylie Hapeman and Claire Squicciarini each had a goal and an assist in the first half for Albion in a 2-1 win against Wilson. Squicciarini’s proved to be the game-winner, as Wilson keeper Emily Kelly come out in the second half and scored her third goal of the season to bring the deficit to one.
Indians tame Eagles
West Seneca West moved to 6-0 overall and 5-0 in Class A South with a 49-6 win at Lake Shore in the lone football game Thursday night.
Matt Myers was 12 of 18 passing for 184 yards and three touchdowns, two to Jesse Broad (seven catches, 107 yards) and another to Alex Wayland. Myers also rushed five times for 43 yards and an 18-yard score.
Juston Johnson threw a seven-yard halfback pass to Luke Wilhelm for a TD in the second quarter.
Lake Shore’s Cody May scored in the first quarter on a 50-yard run to make the score 14-6.