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Finals set in volleyball

As expected, there will be another Lancaster-Frontier battle for the Class AA championship in girls volleyball. The ECIC I rivals won four-game semifinals to earn a championship date Monday night at 7:30 at Medaille.

"Clarence played tough, tough defense but our teamwork [came through]," said Lancaster coach Sue Pernick. "We were distributing the ball around to everybody -- specifically, Julia Gangloff, our setter, controlled our offense."

Gangloff had 17 assists and Brittany Anthon had 12 kills.

Kelsey Osborne had eight kills to pace Frontier over Lockport. Lauren Rojek had nine kills and five blocks while Rachel Stoklosa had five blocks.

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In Class A, Sam Palka had 17 kills to help top-seeded and defending champion Starpoint to a three-set win over Lake Shore in a rematch of the last two championship matches. Veronica Crosby added five kills and 11 blocks while Sydney Palka had 27 assists.

"Games between Starpoint and Lake Shore are always very intense and close, and this one was no different," said Starpoint coach Sue Rexford. "It was extremely back and forth during games one and three."

Starpoint will face ECIC II mate Sweet Home, which it swept in two regular season matches.

Sweet Home swept Iroquois behind Bridget Burch (11 kills), Courtney Smith (six kills) and Debra Conti (six kills).

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After dropping the first set, No. 6 seed East Aurora came back to upset No. 2 Cheektowaga in four sets in the Class B semifinals. The win keeps alive East Aurora's hopes of defending its sectional title. Sarah Panzica had 16 digs and Ava Hintz 13 kills for the Blue Devils.

"We really stepped it up today and played as a team," said EA coach Molly Schrantz. "Everybody played really consistent and smart. Since they are in our league, we were well prepared for what they wanted to do. We played great defense around their big hitter."

EA will take on powerhouse Eden in the final Wednesday. Heather Feldman had 27 assists and Heather Henry had 13 kills for Eden in a sweep of Newfane.

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Top-seeded City Honors moved on in Class C after a four-game win over Gowanda, including a 25-22 victory in the fourth game. Sherrell McLean had 17 kills and 13 blocks, junior setter Natalya Burgess had 32 assists and seven aces while junior libero Brielle Sansone had 18 digs.

In Class D, look out for Portville. Two days after dethroning defending champion Randolph in the quarterfinals, the Panthers swept away top-seeded Forestville, 25-14, 25-19, 25-18.

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Top seeds Canisius and St. Francis both swept their way into the Monsignor Martin boys volleyball championship.

Vinny Crowglio led Canisius with 15 kills in a 25-17, 25-10, 25-20 win over St. Mary's. Luke Klee had 10 kills and five aces and setter Kyle Thompson had 41 assists.

St. Francis' Nick Jasinski and Nolan Niespodzinski each had 12 kills in a 25-20, 25-12, 25-22 victory over St. Joe's.

The final is 7:30 p.m. at Hilbert.

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All-WNY basketball standout Jason Norsen had 18 kills, seven digs and eight blocks as No. 10 seed Frontier dropped the first set but came back to win the next three over second-seeded Grand Island in Class A boys volleyball quarterfinals. Evan Acanfora had 24 kills and fice digs.

No. 4 seed Hamburg won the final game, 25-22, to earn a five-set win over No. 12 Clarence in Class A . Tom Grunztisch had 13 kills while Jayson Weigel added 11 kills.

Mike Stefani had 15 kills and Orchard Park had 14 aces in a sweep of Lancaster.

Jeff Coon had 13 kills for Cheektowaga in a straight-set win over Williamsville East in Class B.

David Greetham had 11 kills in Amherst's sweep of West Seneca East.

Aaron Woomer had 23 assists and 8 service aces as  No. 4 Maryvale swept Williamsville South.

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Click here for the tournament schedules and results.

---Keith McShea & Amy Moritz

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