Get yourself ready for today's #PrepTalkLive action with everything you need to know about the day ahead in high school sports.
What to watch for Thursday
1. Top 10 girls volleyball matchups
Just like Wednesday was a big day for boys volleyball, Thursday's the same for girls volleyball with four matches between WNY top 10 teams taking place. The big headliner features No. 3 large school Lancaster at No. 1 Clarence in a clash between the top two teams in ECIC I. The Red Devils (9-0) handed the Legends (8-1) their only division loss, a three-set sweep at Lancaster on Sept. 20. That game starts at 6 p.m.
Other top games include:
- No. 4 large school Grand Island at No. 9 Kenmore West, 4:30 p.m.
- No. 4 small school Sacred Heart at No. 1 St. Mary's of Lancaster, 5:30 p.m.
- No. 5 large school Hamburg at No. 10 Williamsville South, 6:30 p.m.
2. Boys soccer - Canisius at St. Joe's, 4:30 p.m.
The Crusaders and Marauders close out their Monsignor Martin schedules with one of the biggest rivalries in the area. These teams also just so happen to be very good. No. 4 large school Canisius (11-2, 7-0) beat No. 8 St. Joe's (10-3-1, 6-1), 1-0, on a Max Montante goal back on Sept. 19.
3. Girls soccer - Akron at Holland, 6:30 p.m.
The Tigers head to Holland for a nonleaguer between top 10 small schools. No. 6 Akron (9-5) is led by a pair of youngsters in eighth-grader Kara Seguin (15 goals, 9 assists) and sophomore Jenna Robnett (11 goals, 8 assists). No. 7 Holland is doing just fine in the post-Olivia Schmidt era. Senior Laura Schiltz (19 goals, 6 assists) has led the Dutchmen to an 11-3-1 record.
4. Girls soccer - Alden at Tonawanda, 7 p.m.
No. 5 small school Tonawanda (11-2, 10-1) boasts one of the top players in WNY in fourth-year junior Hope Balling, who surpassed 100 career goals Tuesday. The Warriors capture the ECIC IV crown outright with a win tonight. Alden (9-5, 7-4) is currently third in the division behind Tonawanda and Holland.
5. Boys volleyball - Williamsville East at Lake Shore, 6 p.m.
A win by the Flames puts them in the driver's seat to an ECIC II title. The division is a three-team race between East, Sweet Home and Lake Shore. East's 7-1 with its lone loss to Sweet Home. Sweet Home is 8-2 and split with the Flames and Eagles. Lake Shore's 6-3 with losses to East, Sweet Home and Williamsville South.
- Field hockey: Wilson at Barker, 4:45 p.m.
- Boys soccer: Southwestern at Olean, 4:30 p.m.
- Girls soccer: Williamsville South at Amherst, 5:30 p.m.
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