The Fredonia Lady Hillbillies (2-2, 3-4) downed The Dunkirk Lady Marauders (1-4, 2-5) in three straight games during Thursday's CCAA West I League girls high school volleyball match, 25-15, 25-14 and 25-18.
Despite the wide margins of victory for Fredonia, the Lady Hillbillies overcame early Dunkirk leads to eventually secure the victory.
"We tend to play scrappy volleyball," Fredonia coach Chris Anderson said. "When you play too scrappy, you get down a little bit sometimes, but we recovered nicely and made some better passes to get back on track."
OBSERVER?Photos by Roger Coda
Fredonia’s Tianna Williams (9) spikes the ball while Dunkirk’s Cassandra Sobczak attempts a block during Thursday’s CCAA?West I?girls high school volleyball match.
The Lady Hillbillies jumped out to a 12-7 lead in the first game and remained in control for the remainder of the game."We had one of our starting seniors quit yesterday," Dunkirk coach Kim Delgado said. "We only had one practice to make adjustments, so most of the time we were trying to change our rotation. It makes a big difference when you are playing next to people you haven't played next to before."
It was the second and third games in which the Lady Marauders got out ahead early.
In game two, the Lady Marauders got out to a 6-2 advantage before the Lady Hillbillies mounted a comeback.
"They don't look at the scoreboard, they just play," Anderson said of his team. "They always play hard. They never say die. They just keep going."
After Fredonia closed the gap to 8-6 with Dunkirk still in the lead, the Lady Hillbillies rattled off eight straight points to take the lead.
Fredonia continued to pour on the points throughout the second game to lock down the two-game advantage.
"Usually we start playing better once we get down," Delgado said. "I think we just lacked some confidence out there today."
It was the same story in the third game for the Lady Marauders as they came out to take a 7-3 lead.
However, unlike the first two games, the score remained close until the end.
After a 16-all tie, Fredonia stepped its game up to close out the match on a 9-1 run.
Leading the way for the Lady Hillbillies was Makenzie Tarnowski with four aces, two kills and two blocks while Alicia Deering had three aces and three kills. Also contributing in the victory was Lea Richir with three aces and 16 digs.
For the Lady Marauders, Sarah Hanlon led the way with seven kills, seven digs and three aces. Natasha Colon chipped in with six assists, one ace and two kills while Alexis Clark had four kills and four digs.
Another Lady Marauder who stepped up was Cassie Sobczak.
"Cassie is our senior middle blocker," Delgado said. "She is the tallest girl on our team and is really becoming more comfortable with her roll. We look forward to meeting up with Fredonia again when we have a little bit more of a cohesive team."
Dunkirk's next game is scheduled for Monday against Sherman while the Lady Hillbillies will travel to Jamestown next Tuesday.