Whalen's Lions, Lockie's Lady Lions both win in straight sets.
By John D'Onofrio Lockport Union-Sun & Journal
The Lockport Lions spiked visiting Niagara Falls in straight sets on Tuesday to open its highly-anticipated 2013 Niagara Frontier League boys volleyball season.
The scores were 25-7, 25-13, 25-20.
“I thought our first team played very well,” said Lions head coach Joe Whalen, who substituted heavily throughout, especially after winning the first game easily.
“I also thought our substitutes played well. I was a little disappointed at the missed serves in the last game. We were a little sloppy there at the end, but overall, I thought they did what I wanted them to.”
It was a short night for Lions junior outside hitter Brad Schneider, but he made the most of it in his only game to open the match, serving seven straight points and finishing with 11, including two aces as LHS ran away with the first game from the start.
“We could have played better, but our level was taken down a little tonight,” said Schneider, who is recognized as one of the best volleyball players in the area.
Seniors Ryan Guyton and Shawn Moore and junior skyscraper Jason Donorovich all had spiking kills for Lockport in the first game, while seniors Jonah Ribbeck and Jack Whalen served solidly.
“I thought we did a good job tonight. It wasn’t our best effort, but we played our game and it was a good start to the season for us,” Jack Whalen said.
LHS junior Tyler Goodrich had back-to-back kills and in game two and finished with four in the game, including the final point. Seniors John Traversone and Bryan Wojcinski also served well in the middle game. Senior Eamon Yates and Donorovich had aces.
Game three was a bit sloppy, but Traversone served up a couple more aces and Moore earned six kills, two blocks and an ace as the Lions cruised.
“It was hard to keep motivated and we were inconsistent at times tonight, but hopefully we can learn from our inconsistencies and play better in our next match,” Moore said.
Next up, Lockport plays at Kenmore West at 5:45 p.m. Friday.
ECIC BOYS VOLLEYBALL
Will East 3, Starpoint 0
PENDLETON — Patrick Irving recorded 23 assists for the victorious Flames in Monday’s ECIC contest at Starpoint.
NFL GIRLS VOLLEYBALL
Lockport 3, N. Falls 0
NIAGARA FALLS — On Tuesday, the Lady Lions got 3 aces, 14 assists and 6 digs from senior Kailyn Szymanski in Tuesday’s straight-set victory over the Lady Wolverines. Both teams are 2-1 in the NFL.
The scores were 25-16, 25-15, 25-18.
Also for LHS, senior Megan Schneider had 7 digs and 9 kills, junior Alyssa Wagner added 7 blocks and a block and senior middle hitter Sara Franco chipped in with three blocks.
Toni Polk topped Niagara Falls with 15 digs.
N-O GIRLS VOLLEYBALL
Newfane 3, CSAT 0
NEWFANE — Stephanie Sherwood recorded 10 kills Monday, sparking head coach Karen Fawcett’s Lady Panthers to a straight-set victory over winless CSAT.
The scores were 25-10, 25-13, 25-21. With the win, Newfane improved to 1-1 in the N-O. CSAT dropped to 0-3 in the N-O.
Also for the winners, Erica Wright had 4 kills and 12 assists, Claire Puff recorded 3 kills, 10 digs, 5 aces and 20 service receptions, Vicki Harrington added 3 blocks and a kill and Madison Wolcott chipped in with 17 service points.
Next up, Newfane plays at Medina at 6:15 p.m. Wednesday.
Albion 3, Wilson 2
WILSON — In the best N-O spiking match of the night Monday, the visiting Lady Purple Eagles slipped past the Lakewomen in a five-set, nail-biter, 18-25, 19-25, 25-19, 25-23, 26-24.
Kelsey Soule topped the winners with 9 kills, 11 digs and 4 assists. Also for Albion, Sara Millspaugh had 16 kills and 12 digs and Meghan Hurley 16 assists and 11 digs.
Topping Wilson was Allie Bubar with 6 kills and 7 service points.
Roy-Hart 3, Medina 0
MEDINA — In Monday’s N-O battle of girls volleyball unbeatens, head coach Bill Holahan’s Lady Rams beat host Medina in straight sets to improve to 3-0 in the league.
The scores were 25-19, 25-9, 25-19.
Justine Wittcop topped the Lady Rams with 10 service points, 4 aces and 4 kills. Also for Roy-Hart, Victoria Benner posted 5 service points and a spiking kill, Eliza Schwab had 9 service points, 4 aces and 2 kills, Courtney Van Buren recorded 4 service points, 2 aces and five kills and Malissa Maines added 5 service points and five aces.
The Lady Mustangs dropped to 2-1 in the N-O.
Next up, Roy-Hart hosts Albion at 6:15 p.m. today.
ECIC GIRLS VOLLEYBALL
Starpoint 3, Lake Shore 1
ANGOLA — On Tuesday, Hattie Lasal dished out 14 assists for the visiting Lady Spartans (2-0 ECIC II).
The scores were 25-17, 19-25, 25-15, 25-17.
Julia Schreier added four kills for the garnet and gray.