Canisius debuts new Field House
The Canisius volleyball team lost in four games to San Ignacio, an international opponent from Puerto Rico, on Friday in the first athletic contest played in the Bernard Kennedy Field House.
The Field House, which was officially dedicated on Wednesday, is the first major construction on campus in 60 years. San Ignacio is a brother Jesuit school to Canisius. Their players were housed by the Canisius players overnight. San Ignacio will play in the Eden Tournament today.
Canisius' CJ Coatsworth had 11 kills, Luke Klee added 10 and John Jepson had 14 digs.
"They were terrific. It was nice to open against a really worthy opponent," said Canisius coach Tom Weislo. "We're still adjusting to the new gym, it was a nice crowd. They played better defensively and served a little bit tougher and we weren't able to cope with their attack as well."
Will. East girls tennis nets win
The Williamsville East girls tennis team opened its league schedule with a 5-0 win over West Seneca East.
Senior Miranda Podlas moves from second singles to first, replacing Olga Khmylev, who is now playing for Boston College. Podlas finished eighth at last year's New York State Championship. The only two matches she lost last year were to Khmylev in the ECIC and sectional finals.
"In practice so far she's showed a tremendous amount of improvement with her serves," said coach Mike Venditti. "She has a lot more pace and kick on her second serve. Her fitness level has improved as well."
The Flames haven't lost a match in Venditti's four-year tenure.
Will. North soccer drops Nichols
Nonleague wins don't come much bigger than Williamsville North's 2-1 victory over defending champion Nichols in the first round of the Lockport Girls Soccer Tournament.
Kristen Boreanaz scored the game-winning goal off a penalty kick early in the second half to put the Spartans up, 2-0. Nichols' Brianna Smith scored with two minutes left in the game. Hannah Bachwitz opened the scoring for North in the first half. Katlyn Carpenter had eight saves.
The Spartans will play for the title today at 1 p.m.
In the other first-round game, Aislinn Blieler had scored the go-ahead goal with eight minutes left as Lockport edged Starpoint, 2-1.
Sophomore Rebecca Alvira scored the game's only goal with 10 minutes left in the first half as Mount Mercy opened its Monsignor Martin Association schedule with a hard-fought 1-0 win over Sacred Heart at Cazenovia Park. The Magic lost twice last season to Sacred Heart.
Not only did Katie Purcell earn the assist, she won most of the balls in the air and won all the 5 0/5 0 balls. "It was pretty much who wanted it most," said Mercy coach John Glose. "My girls played 110 percent for all 80 minutes."
Senior Alana Stenpien recorded the shutout behind a strong defense. Mount Mercy plays on Depew's new turf today at 11 a.m.
Albion opened defense of its Niagara-Orleans League title with a 4-0 win over Medina. Senior Emilie Edwards, coming of a 15-goal campaign in 2008, had a hat trick. Rebecca Atwell and Taylor Armstrong had two assists each. Junior goalkeeper Shelby Sargent made her varsity debut, making seven saves for the shutout. The Purple Eagles were 11-1 last year in the N-O.
Wilson beat St. Joe's in soccer
Kyle Jones scored the game-winning goal with 4:55 left from about 10 yards out to send host Wilson to a nonleague boys soccer win over St. Joe's. Patrick Diez also had a pair of goals as Wilson overcame a 2-0 deficit.
"We buried our chances when we got them," Wilson coach Thomas Baia said.
Nichols advanced into the final of the Lockport Tournament with a 3-0 win over Starpoint. Bo Gurney, Chris Walter and Evan Luke scored for the Vikings (2-2). Jake Herskind earned the shutout. Nichols will play St. Francis for the title today at 3 p.m. in a rematch of last year's Monsignor Martin Association title game.
Hunter Hein recorded his fourth straight shutout as Clarence stayed unbeaten on the season at 4-0 with a 3-0 win over West Seneca West in ECIC I.
Briar Baker scored on a feed from his brother, Brendon, as Springville nipped Pioneer, 2-1, in ECIC II.
Sam Torrelli earned his fourth shutout of the young season as Akron blanked Williamsville East. Jaime Salcedo scored two goals in the last five minutes of the half. "About half the team are sophomores and they're playing like seniors," said coach Chuck Pfohl.
St. Mary's volleyball tourney today
St. Mary's girls volleyball needed five games to get past host Immaculata in the Monsignor Martin.
The Lancers host their own tournament today starting at 8:30 a.m. The loaded field includes Eden, Frontier, Immaculata, North Tonawanda, Lancaster, Kenmore West, Sacred Heart, Perry and Mount Mercy. St. Mary's and Eden, two Western New York small-school powers, will meet today at noon.