Sean Tucci wrote his name in the West Seneca East boys volleyball record book by posting 43 assists in the Trojans’ victory over Sweet Home in four sets, 23-25, 25-22, 25-22, 25-22, on Friday.
Tucci, a junior and the team’s starting setter, shattered the record for assists in a game, 36, set in 2007 by Frank Smith.
He also holds the school record for assists in a season. Coach Dave Kutina couldn’t give an exact number because Tucci’s record grows with every match the Trojans play.
It’s a record that Tucci has been chasing for a long time. “He’s a very determined athlete,” Kutina said. “He’s really driven, that’s the hidden aspect of his game.”
Tucci isn’t the only record-holder on the Trojans’ team. Cole Ignaszak owns the record for kills in a game with 24, which he set last week against Williamsville East.
He and Jackson Strong make up East’s powerful duo of left side hitters. They combined for 23 kills in the win.
The win clinched ECIC II for West Seneca East, now 11-2 and 9-0 in league play.
“Sweet Home played a heck of a match tonight, they were very, very tough,” Kutina said.
WSW boys volleyball keeps pace
West Seneca West kept pace in ECIC I boys volleyball with a victory over Williamsville North in three sets.
The Indians, who were ranked sixth in the most recent Coaches Poll, won 25-12, 25-23 and 25-20.
Joe Wesley had seven kills while Noah Petrik logged six blocks in the win.
West Seneca West remains in third place behind Orchard Park and Clarence at 8-4 overall and 7-3 in ECIC I play. The Indians have games against the Devils on Oct. 18 and the Quakers on Oct. 21.
Orchard Park took down another division rival, Hamburg, in three sets – 25-14, 25-13 and 25-12 – and stayed a step ahead of Clarence and West Seneca West.
Ian Rauh recorded eight kills for the Quakers while Nick Thomas racked up nine kills and four aces.
Clarence, the top-ranked Western New York team, did not play Friday.
ECIC Golf Championship set
Orchard Park and Williamsville East both qualified for Tuesday’s ECIC Boys Golf championship after winning in the Wild Card round on Friday.
The Quakers defeated Williamsville North, 246-264, at Orchard Park Country Club. Charlie Fischer and Aidan Shaw were co-medalists after they both shot a 37.
Fischer, now a freshman at Orchard Park, shot a 37 last year at the ECIC Championship for Orchard Park and nearly became the youngest golfer ever to win an ECIC individual championship, but East Aurora’s Matt Jeffe sank a 30-foot putt instead to win the individual title.
Meanwhile, the Flames downed Starpoint, 238-257, at Transit Valley Country Club.
The final four in the team championship are Orchard Park, Williamsville East, Iroquois and Frontier. The Quakers will look for their sixth championship in seven years, while the Chiefs will try for their first title since 2010.
53 individual golfers will compete for medalist honors at the tournament. The Top 22 will qualify to play at the Section VI Championship to be held May 18, 2020.
As a member of the New York State team, Fischer is exempt from qualifying for the field of 22 at the Section VI championship, along with teammate Aidan Shaw, Sweet Home’s Ryan Edholm and Iroquois’ Tyler Birdd.
15 additional golfers from the team championship qualifiers will be added to the field of 53 for a total of 68. These golfers do not qualify for the sectional tournament.
The championship round will be held at Tan Tara Country Club in North Tonawanda. Both the individual and team championships will be determined in one 18-hole round.
Alden ends ECIC title drought
With a 3-1 overtime victory over Eden, Alden clinched the ECIC IV girls soccer division for the first time since 2003.
Alyssa Atardo led the team with two goals and an assist. Shannon Wypij notched the third Alden goal.
The Bulldogs were ranked ninth in the latest WNY Coaches Small Schools poll. They are undefeated at 12-0.
The last time the Bulldogs won their division, they won the Class B championship.
Will East wins on Senior Night
Two goals from Courtney Maclay lifted Williamsville East over rival Iroquois, 2-1, in field hockey.
Maclay notched goals in both periods as the Flames, ranked as the top team in Western New York, improved to 13-1 overall.