Most seasons you can pencil in Eden as the ECIC III boys volleyball champion. Not this time, though, Maryvale got off to a 10-0 start in the fifth set and triumphed over the Raiders, 3-2, Monday night at Maryvale. The outcome left Eden and Maryvale tied for the division championship, each with 11-1 records.
Last Maryvale victory in the rivalry?
"I would say it was 2007," Flyers coach Jon Bednasz said. Eden and Maryvale tied for the ECIC III championship that year also.
The Flyers had come from a 2-1 deficit to force the fifth and deciding set.
Playing before an enthusiastic home crowd, Maryvale won the first set, 25-20, but Eden came back to take the next two, 25-23 and 25-19. Maryvale knotted the match, 25-21 before the 15-8 finale.
"We started off hot. Jordan Nosal served the first 10 points," Bednasz said. "Basically it was a total team effort. We played great defense and (setter Nate Zawadzki) was able to find the right hitter at the right time. We had kills from various people but Jordan was our go-to guy.
"It was a great match, a great environment in the gym. The student body came out and supported us. It was Senior Night, too. It was a lot of fun."
Nosal finished the match with 35kills and seven aces. Deante Mecca had 15 digs, Tom Frain had 18 kills and Zawadzki had 59 assists.
Hamburg, which played in ECIC I last season, wrapped up the ECIC II title with a 3-1 victory at Williamsville East.
“This was not a power team, but a very solid team,” said coach Brian Carroll, who has been the Bulldogs’ coach since 1996.
Six-foot-5 junior captain Jacob Couzens leads a diversified attack for the Bulldogs.
"We spread the ball around," said Carroll, who has led Hamburg to three sectional championships, 2004, 2005 and 2009 and regional championships in 2004 and 2005.
Gaglio leads Iroquois advance
Samantha Gaglio, the leading goal scorer in Western New York, scored three times Monday to lead defending champion Iroquois to a 4-0 victory over Hamburg in the quarter-final round of the Section VI field hockey playoffs.
Gaglio, who now has 22 goals on the season, scored twice in the first half for the Chiefs, with Riley DeGrace assisting on both tallies. DeGrace has 19 assists this season. Gaglio added her third goal 12 minutes into the second half with Patty McAnaulty assisting. Mya Braun scored the fourth goal for coach Pete Tonsoline's team. Abbi Greier made two saves in goal for Iroquois.
Iroquois will face No. 4 seed Amherst in the semifinals at Williamsville North on Thursday Maddie Smith scored two goals including the game-winner and Casey Adimey had a goal and two assists for the Tigers in their 3-1 triumph over No. 5 Pioneer. Riley McMahon scored for Pioneer.
The other Class B semifinal will find No. 2 Williamsville East facing No. 3 Williamsville South at Williamsville North on Wednesday. South edged Sweet Home, 2-1, on second half goals by senior captains Marnie Reidell and Makayla Stoness. Stoness got the game winner at the right post with Elisabeth Sidorski getting the assist on the tally that made it 2-0. Keegan Gillman had seven saves for coach Mary Ferenczy's Billies.
No. 2 seed Williamsville East defeated Starpoint, 5-0, as Laura Kaplan scored twice and assisted on two other goals. Holly Schmelzer had a goal and an assist for the Flames. Emily Turton and Chelsea McNamara also scored for East Higher seeded Barker, Holland and Roy-Hart all won in Class C and will join No. 1 seed Akron in the semifinal rouon Wednesday at Clarence. Barker needed a shootout to defeat Eden, 1-0. Natalie Menz scored in the sudden death round of the shootout to win it for the Raiders. Cara Fox had nine shootout saves for Barker. Eden’s Cissy Hartman had eight shootout saves.
Roy-Hart, which has lost four games, all to top seeds Akron and Barker in Niagara-Orleans League play defeated league rival Wilson, 2--0 on goals by Miah Glena in the first half and Ashley Hill in the second. Goalie Jamie Bower had seven saves.
Holland defeated another N-O team, topping Medina, 3-0.