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Eden advances in girls volleyball with win over LaFayette

There's more traveling in store for the Eden girls volleyball team in its quest for an eight straight New York State Public High Schools Athletic Association title.

The Raiders advanced another step toward the Final Four in Glens Falls next week by sweeping three sets from LaFayette of Section III Wednesday in a subregional match at Chittenango.

Eden will face LeRoy or Caledonia-Mumford of Section V at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday at Victor.

"We've probably logged 400 miles already," said Eden coach Stephen Pierce. "Tonight it was Syracuse and then its Rochester."

The Raiders had a tough four-set match Monday night against Portville for the Section VI Class C championship at Sweet Home. Then came the subregional round two nights later.

"There was concern about a letdown but they played strong right through the beginning in from of a crowd of about 200 of their fans," Pierce said.

Senior setter Alyssa Durski led Eden with 31 assists and eight digs. Emma Sutfin had three aces and six digs while Sam Burgio provied 17 kills and three aces.

Eden is 39-3 this season. The Raiders have won the last five state Class C titles and won Class B state crowns the two seasons before that. Since 2006, Eden has three Class B state titles and six Class C championships.

In the Class B subregional, Cazenovia of Section III swept three sets from Alden, 25-11, 25-12 and 25-13, ending the season for the Bulldogs, who won a tough five-set Section VI championship match over East Aurora on Monday night at Sweet Home.

It was the first sectional title since 1998 for Alden, which finished the season with a 20-3 record.


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