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High School Extra: Clarence wins top volleyball matchup over Lancaster

The girls volleyball matchup between Class AA and ECIC I contenders Clarence and Lancaster lived up to the hype with the Red Devils earning a four-game win with close set scores of 25-23, 25-21, 24-26 and 27-25.

“Lancaster played an amazing match and we matched it,” Clarence coach Michael Meyer said. “It was a tipped ball here, a big swing there. It was as close as it gets.”

Fourth-year junior Jaide Cummings stepped up with 20 kills and nine digs for Clarence.

“We graduated seven seniors last year and Jaide was kind of in their shadow,” Meyer said. “She’s started to rise, not just her level of volleyball but being a team leader.”

Will North withstands rival East’s push

Williamsville North avenged last year’s field hockey loss at crosstown rival Williamsville East with a 2-0 home win Friday.

Sophomore Lauren Rabinowitz opened the scoring with seven minutes left in the first half, and junior Jenna Piotrowski scored seven minutes later off a corner feed from sophomore Danielle Batz as time was expiring.

The Flames dictated play coming out of the break, but senior defender Emily Reynolds made two key defensive saves to keep East off the scoreboard. Junior goalie Samantha Mallare had nine saves in the shutout.

Senior Gabby Palumbo scored the game-winning goal with 4:22 left in the game to give Starpoint a 3-2 win over West Seneca East in ECIC play. Sophomore Nicole Bennett also scored for the Spartans.

Sharks roll in league soccer play

Solid team defense, particularly in the second half, helped Sacred Heart to a 5-0 win over St. Mary’s in Monsignor Martin girls soccer.

Alex Miller finished with 11 saves in the shutout. Aoifa Scannell, a defender who moved to striker in the second half, scored twice.

Kara Seguin had the lone goal for Akron as it topped rival Wilson, 1-0, in Niagara-Orleans League play. Tigers keeper Laurie Poeller had 12 saves.

Warriors score overtime win

Cheektowaga scored just 66 seconds into overtime to earn a 2-1 win over Springville in an ECIC III boys soccer match.

Chris Bevan made a nice cross-pass to Arthur Jordan who tallied the game-winning goal. The Warriors improved to 2-2-1 overall, 1-1-1 in the league.

Also in ECIC III, Kaleb Hurlburt had three goals for Pioneer in a 4-3 win at Maryvale. Kyle Burley added a goal and an assist for the Panthers.

Lockport sweeps of Kenmore West

Lockport, the top-ranked boys volleyball team in Western New York, dominated Niagara Frontier League rival Kenmore West by set scores of 25-8, 25-8 and 25-5. Sean Denniston had nine kills and Tivon White six service aces.

St. Mary’s of Lancaster rebounded from a first-set loss by winning the last three to defeat Lancaster at home in a nonleague match. Set scores were 20-25, 25-15, 25-16 and 25-20. Christian Szablewski had 10 kills for the Lancers, while Eric Brown dished out 20 assists.

Quakers take Nichols Cup

Orchard Park’s first doubles team of Kelly Barnes and Emily Clough went undefeated to aid the Quakers’ first place finish in the Nichols Cup girls tennis competition. Gabi Kivovich and Jillian Niedzialowski both went undefeated in singles for Nichols, which finished second ahead of HAS.

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