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High School Extra for Sept. 26: West Seneca West boys grab key volleyball win

WSW nabs key win

For two weeks, the West Seneca West boys volleyball team struggled with team chemistry. After a few team meetings, things started to click, and then came some big wins.

On Monday, the Indians defeated fourth-ranked Clarence in a five-set match. Wednesday, they swept No. 2 Hamburg, 25-23, 25-21, 25-19.

“When we played Clarence on Monday and went five and won it, you could see the difference on the court,” West Seneca West coach Brett Widman said. “They’re more positive. There was more teamwork and today was just the pinnacle of that. This is what I’ve been waiting for since the beginning of the season.”

In the three-set win over Hamburg, which received four first-place votes in this week’s coaches poll, Nick Clancy had eight blocks and Jake Gromlovits 16 digs in what Widman said was an overall solid team effort keyed by effective serving.

“Overall all my guys can serve well,” Widman said. “We were aggressively serving. We call it our ‘out of system.’ We served well and got them out of system so they couldn’t get a good attack on the ball. We were making their lives difficult with our serving.”

The Indians, ranked third in the latest poll, improved to 7-1 overall and are 6-0 in ECIC I play.

“I don’t think they believed they’d be 6-0 at this point,” Widman said. “They’re starting to believe. Tonight’s a huge win. To win in five games shows toughness and guts. To beat No. 2 in three games is kind of a statement.”

Stewart scores in OT

Allie Stewart scored 1:13 into overtime to give Lancaster a 2-1 win over Hamburg in an ECIC field hockey matchup.

“It was a battle back and forth for both teams,” Lancaster coach Crystal Schunke said. “There were corners on both ends. Shots on goal. Both goalies were making great saves.”

Hamburg had taken a 2-1 halftime lead before Lancaster threw a change in their lineup.

“I threw one of my defenders off the bench into the midfield,” Schunke said of defender Megan Prentice. “Within 10 seconds Megan got into perfect position off the post, got a rebound and lifted it into the goal. That goal gave us energy and momentum.”

Lancaster moved to 2-5 on the season.

In other ECIC field hockey action, Emily Agle scored twice for Eden in a 2-1 win over Holland.