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High School Extra (Sept. 2): Canisius volleyball drops Fairport

Canisius wins again

The Canisius volleyball team hasn’t wasted any time in showing that it will be very good once again in 2016.

The Crusaders had a season for the ages in 2015, going 34-0. But they are off to another good start this time, as they knocked off visiting Fairport (V) in four sets.

The victory came right after taking a championship in the Clarence tournament, which included a win in the final.

“We’re after it right away,” coach Tom Weislo said. “There’s no let-up. We try to get right on it.”

Fairport is a perennial contender in the Rochester area, so this one lived up to its advance billing.

“For early season, this was a terrific match,” Weislo said. “Fairport is a really strong team.

“It’s always good to play good teams. We’re a little lucky to be off to a good start. The last four matches have featured some really good volleyball.”

Devin Joslyn led the way for the Crusaders with 23 kills, while Griffin Schmit – the Prep Talk player of the year in 2015 – added 18 kills and junior Matt Donnelly added 10.

It’s been a busy start to the season for Canisius. A little break is welcome.

“We are off for a while,” Weislo said. “Our next match is in the Eden Tournament on Sept. 10, so we’ve got a little time.”

Meanwhile, Clarence defeated Sweet Home in three sets in a nonleague match on its home court. St. Francis did the same to Medina in its opener, as Dan Steck had seven aces for the Red Raiders.

On the girls side, Roy-Hart was too good for Pembroke in taking its season opener in straight sets. Olivia Vorholzer served 15 points, and had eight service aces and five kills.

Red Devils blanked

Baldwinsville, a traditional power in girls soccer in the Syracuse area, drove back to Central New York with a trophy and a title in its grasp. That school defeated Clarence, 3-0, in the final of the Clarence Tournament. The Bees had defeated the Red Devils in an early-season game last season, and both proved to be powerhouses later in the year as they went deep into state competition.

Elsewhere, it was a busy day in girls soccer for a couple of leagues, as the Monsignor Martin Association and the Niagara Frontier League scheduled several games.

The offense was ahead of the defense in the MMA match between St. Mary’s of Lancaster and Cardinal O’Hara. The Lancers came away with a 7-3 victory. Teagan O’Rourke finished with a pair of goals to lead Mount St. Mary to a 6-1 win over Christian Central, improving to 1-1 on the season.

Over in the NFL, Grace Ferguson scored a pair of goals as Kenmore East moved to 2-0 on the young season with a 3-2 win over Lockport. Niagara Wheatfield couldn’t stop Madisyn Pezzino of Grand Island in their game. She had three goals, while Marcy Barberic chipped in with a goal and two assists as Grand Island earned a 4-1 win.

Nelson nets a pair

In boys soccer, two players dominated the scoresheet in Clarence’s 2-0 win over St. Joe’s. Ross Showalter had two goals, while Daniel Wilde recorded the shutout.

William Nelson’s two goals were the difference for the Wolverines as Niagara Falls knocked off North Tonawanda, 4-2. It was the first win of the season for visiting Wolverines.


• The Buffalo Public Schools fielded a girls swim team for the first time. The squad finished second to Mount St. Mary’s in a three-way meet.

• In field hockey, Pioneer knocked off Williamsville East, 4-1. Reilly McMahon had two goals for the Panthers. Roy-Hart blanked Kenmore, 6-0, in the season opener for both teams. In another Niagara-Orleans match, Heather Cummings had three goals and Lily Berghorn also tallied as Akron defeated Wilson, 4-1.

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