ECIC III goals leader Sam Gaglio scored twice and Riley DeGrace and Ella Sturm had single tallies as Iroquois remained undefeated with a 4-0 victory over a usually solid Holland team. All three are juniors, but the Chiefs have some seniors playing key roles, too.
"We have three big seniors on defense, Holly Stiller, Taylor Quinn and Lydia Aroune," said Mel Kinmartin, long-time assistant to Iroquois head coach Pete Tonsoline. "They rotate, they back each other up and they cover. It's really nice to watch. Pete has an old saying: 'If you're shooting on them, they aren't shooting on us.' "
Holland made it a game for a half against the defending Section VI Class B champions and the No. 1 ranked team in Western New York.
"They came out and pressured us really good and it took a little while to figure them out," Kinmartin said. "They have a very aggressive young goalie (eighth-grader Abby Neitch)."
Abbi Greier, who has allowed only one goal this season, got the shutout.
No. 2 ranked Williamsville North overpowered West Seneca East, 7-0, and No. 3 Williamsville East blanked West Seneca West, 3-0, and No. 7 Clarence took care of Starpoint, 4-0.
Catherine Angiers had four assists for the Williamsville North Spartans as Jenna Piotrowski and Jordan Cooper each had two goals. Laura Kaplan scored twice and Holly Schmelzer had a goal and an assist in East's victory. Maggie Kelkenberg scored one goal and assisted on two others and Elise Bearance had a goal and an assist for the Red Devils against Starpoint.
Hamburg volleyball tops Sweet Home
Hamburg diversified its attack in the second and third sets and ended up with a 3-0 sweep (25-13, 25-22, 25-17) of Sweet Home, handing the Panthers their first defeat in ECIC II boys volleyball play.
"When they started keying up on one player we were going to at the start of the game we distributed the ball more and it made things a little more difficult for them," said Hamburg coach Brian Carroll, who got strong play from outside hitters Bo Johnson and Stefan Marjanovic and Mitchell Cole and Connor McDonnell in the middle.
"In the third set we played a little more consistently than they did and they had some unforced errors tying to play catch-up in the second half of the set.," Carroll said.
The Bulldogs went to 5-0 in division play and are 5-1 overall. The matched sent Carroll's team on to a busy weekend, a Friday home match in ECIC II against Williamsville East and tough competition in the Sweet Home Tournament with a field that includes No. 1 ranked Lockport.