Bristol helps OP tennis win
The Orchard Park girls tennis team remained undefeated in ECIC I on Wednesday, thanks to a marathon win from eighth-grader Caroline Bristol.
Bristol outlasted Williamsville North junior Esha Dasgupta, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4, to give the Quakers the deciding point in a 3-2 victory over the Spartans. The match lasted 2 1/2 hours and featured many lengthy rallies. Dasgupta battled through a calf cramp through much of the second and third sets.
"I knew that she was older than me -- she was pretty consistent so I just stayed with it and tried my hardest," said Bristol, who said it was the first time that the outcome of the team's match was resting on her shoulders. "It was great to win."
The Quakers are 5-0 in ECIC I, with one match (against Frontier) next week remaining before they start their second tour through the league schedule. Williamsville North fell to 5-1.
"We were very excited to play the match because we knew it was going to be competitive," said OP coach Sandy Trampert. "The girls knew it and we set our sights on this match."
The other matches between the teams were long over when Bristol and Dasgupta took the court for their third set.
OP swept the doubles matches in straight sets, as Catie Wickline and Heather Ross won at first doubles and Kriselle Gines and Courtni Sherry took second doubles.
North had straight-set wins in the other singles matches, with undefeated eighth-grader Tina Miller (first singles) beating Brittany Klotzbach, 6-2, 6-1, and junior Allison Cornwall (third) beating Jennifer Waris, 6-1, 6-2.
Albion girls improve to 7-0
Albion (7-0, 6-0), an unranked but unbeaten large school, rolled to a 4-0 win over Wilson, the No. 2 small school, in Niagara-Orleans girls soccer. Morgan Eastlack had two goals and goalkeeper Madyson Lubba posted the shutout.
Iroquois takes key field hockey showdown
Sophomore Andrea Grzywna scored with four minutes left in the first half as No. 2 Iroquois won at No. 4 Holland, 1-0, in an ECIC battle of unbeaten small schools. Goalkeeper Taylor Steck posted her sixth shutout in a row for Iroquois (6-0, 5-0).
Ken West, Eden survive in four sets
Rachael Bowler collected 20 kills and 25 digs as Kenmore West outlasted Nardin, 25-14, 21-25, 25-16, 25-21, in a nonleague meeting of ranked girls volleyball teams. West (4-1) is the No. 9 large school while Nardin is No. 5 among small schools.
Amber Levy had 21 kills and Chelsea Hennigan collected 38 assists as Eden (6-0) rallied past host Frontier, 16-25, 26-24, 25-17, 25-22. Eden is ranked second among small schools, Frontier is fourth among large schools.
Under the Friday night lights
Friday's most intriguing football game has No. 1 small school Lackawanna trekking to No. 9 Southwestern for a key Class B South battle at 7:30 p.m. St. Joe's, the top large school, also has a tough road test at 7 p.m. at Steubenville (Ohio).