Big win for Maryvale
Maryvale went undefeated in winning the ECIC III girls volleyball championship last season. Having tasted that success, the Flyers are looking like a title contender again despite the loss of seven seniors from the 2015 team.
Tuesday, coach Tina Raczynski’s team won a hard-earned match from Lake Shore, 26-28, 25-11, 25-23 and 26-24, handing the Eagles their first division loss.
“It’s the first time we ever played them because they moved down from Division II,” Raczynski said.
Junior outside hitter Julia Carter led Maryvale with 23 kills while senior setter Emily Raczynski had 21 assists. Senior Jaelan George had six digs and four kills while Christie McGee-Ross had six kills and two digs in the victory.
Caitlyn Meyer had 11 kills and Summer Slade 11 digs as No. 1 ranked St. Mary’s of Lancaster (11-0) swept Orchard Park in three sets in a nonleague match.
“We were pretty balanced today,” said Lancers coach Don Pieczynski.
Caroline Zanghi had six blocks in the victory.
First-place Clarence traveled to Lancaster in ECIC I and swept the Legends, 25-17, 25-23 and 25-17.
“Last year we went five there so we knew they were going to be tough and they were,” said Clarence coach Mike Meyer.
Meghan Neelon led the Red Devils with 14 kills, 15 assists and five digs while Melissa Ratzel had six kills and five blocks.
Canisius spikers top Eden
Canisius won a showdown with another Western New York boys volleyball powerhouse, defeating Eden in straight sets, 25-20, 25-18 and 27-25, Tuesday night.
Devin Joslyn had 16 kills for the Crusaders while teammate Griffin Schmit contributed 13 kills and four aces.
Canisius is 5-0 while it was the first loss for Eden (4-1).
Stone leads No. 1 Akron
Abby Stone, a two-time All-Western New York selection, scored three different ways Tuesday in No. 5 ranked Akron’s 5-0 Niagara-Orleans League win over visiting Medina. Stone had one goal in the open field, one on a penalty corner and another on a penalty stroke. Medina did not have a shot on goal. I-Prep next for Lafayette
International Prep at Grover looks like the team to beat in D’Youville Cup League 1 boys soccer among Buffalo Public Schools. Keep an eye on Lafayette, though.
The Violets (5-0) won their fourth straight league match Tuesday, rolling past Olmsted, 10-2. Harmar Sa had three goals and Muhammad Farius scored twice for the Mighty Violets. San and Farius also had two assists each.
Lafayette and I-Prep will meet for the first time this season at 4 p.m. on Thursday.
Jenna Crean scored twice and assisted on another goal for Orchard Park in a 4-1 triumph over Frontier in ECIC I girls soccer.
“The teams in our division are so close. When a team like Lancaster, which beat us three times last year, is in fifth place it’s a pretty serious division,” said OP coach Mark Graffeo.