Orchard Park bounced back from a four-set loss to ECIC I rival Williamsville North last Friday to sweep a division girls volleyball match on Monday over Lancaster, 25-23, 25-17, 29-27 to go to 7-1 in league play.
"We fought through injuries a few weeks ago when we had three girls out," said Orchard Park coach Greg Lardo. "This was the first match we didn’t have to hold anybody back."
Senior co-captain Abby Ryan had 23 kills for the Quakers. Kate Hennessy, another senior co-captain, had 13 kills. Junior setter Sarah Lucas had 48 assists in the match.
"It was a quieter match than usual because our boys team was away at Williamsville North," Lardo said. "But a lot of our alumni came out. It’s Homecoming Week for us so it was a good atmosphere."
Orchard Park came from behind to win the first and third sets.
"The first game we didn’t serve well. We had seven service errors," Lardo said. "We talked about how we have to grind out wins when we don’t play well and have the best opportunity to win in the end.
"Lancaster played us tough. We’d like to be 6-0 ,but our division is tough." with Williamsville North, Clarence, Lancaster and Frontier."
Canisius sweeps St. Joe’s
Canisius, which is in quest for its 19th straight Monsignor Martin Association championship in volleyball, swept rival St. Joe’s, 25-18, 25-17, 25-20, Monday night at Canisius with John Scrocco leading the way with 12 kills and two blocks and setter Ethan Weislo registering 22 assists.
The Crusaders, 3-0 in Monsignor Martin play, may be in store for their toughest match in league play on Thursday at St. Francis. Then its off to the 12-team Burnt Hills Tournament in the Albany area on Saturday.
"We’ve had success there before," said Canisius coach Tom Weislo. "We’re looking forward to seeing some good teams, some that we never see. Baldwinsville from Section III and the traditional Section II powers will be there and some teams from Westchester County."
North ends long losing streak versus Clarence
Williamsville North was shut out by Clarence in girls soccer for the sixth time in their last seven meetings, but this time the Spartans gained a 0-0 draw with No. 1 ranked Red Devils (5-0-1 ECIC I) at North. Brittany Paplhan had 10 saves for North (3-3-1).
"Clarence has pretty much had its way with us the last three or four years," said North coach Doug Kircher. "Defensively we had a team effort tonight. Clarence had the better of play in the first half but we weathered the storm."
Actually, Monday's draw ended a string of 15 Clarence victory over North. The Spartans last win over Clarence was Sept.5, 2012, 4-0. The teams tied 1-1 in their next meeting that season. Clarence dominated the rivalry ever since including a 4-3 victory Sept. 17.
Reisdorf lifts No. 6 Pioneer
Amber Reisdorf finished two cross feeds from Morgan McAfee and Mykala Furman added a third goal on a pass from Bella Adessa to lead No. 6 Pioneer over No. 3 Williamsville East in a match of ranked field hockey teams.
No. 1 ranked Williamsville North went to 7-0 for the season with a 4-0 victory over visiting Eden.
Lauren Rabinowitz had a goal and an assist while Emma Roland, Halle Petrillo and Gabby Manzella also scored for the Spartans. Jordan Cooper, Sydney Moyer and Ryleigh Bies each had an assist.