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November 2, 2012

Volleyball Lions advance to VI semis

No. 2 Lockport downs No. 7 Lancaster in four sets Thursday. No. 3 Frontier is next at 4 p.m. Saturday at Orchard Park High School.

LOCKPORT —  

The Lockport boys volleyball team trailed in every set they played against visiting Lancaster in Thursday’s Class A semifinal.
But head coach Joe Whalen’s Lions got points and big plays from their big guns when they needed them most and walked away with a hard-fought, four set victory over the young, but talented Redskins. The scores were 25-21, 29-27, 16-25, 28-26.
Next up, the No. 2-seeded Lions (15-5) will play No. 3 Frontier at 4 p.m. Saturday at Orchard Park High School in one of two semifinals. No. 5 West Seneca West meets top-seeded Orchard Park in the other semifinal at 2 p.m.
Equally young and equally talented, the Lions were led throughout by sophomores Jason Donorovich (13 kills) and Brad Schneider (4 aces, 5 kills).
“Brad made the difference with his serves. Whenever we started to falter, he’d rally us and put points on the board,” Whalen said.
“Brad’s stats are deceptive — the way he runs the offense and the way when we need a spark, he’d hit some hard serves and force the other team not to run their offense — he was my MVP tonight.”
Schneider said good serving was a key to victory.
“We knew that if we served tough, putting the pressure on the other side of the court, we’d win the match,” Schneider said. “We’re excited about pulling out the key win and we’re ready for Saturday’s semifinal match.”
The Lions trailed early in the first set, 6-1, before chipping away at the Redskins lead. Junior Ryan Guyton’s spiking kill brought Lockport to within a couple, 7-5. Lancaster couldn’t break away, but the Lions couldn’t get any closer as the set went on.
Junior Eamon Yates’ left hand touch shot and an ace from junior Bryce Perry kept the blue and gold close. Trailing 19-16, Schneider went to the service line and reeled off five straight points with an ace to put LHS up for the first time in the match, 21-19.

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