Lady Cougars volleyball up to 12-1

OBSERVER Photo by Lisa Monacelli Cassadaga Valley’s Jenna Caskey (9) smacks the ball over the net against Gowanda Thursday. Teammates Katrinah Bretl (left) and Katie Wakelee flank her.

OBSERVER Staff Reports

SINCLAIRVILLE — The Cassadaga Valley Lady Cougars girls volleyball team stayed undefeated in the CCAA North Division this season with a 25-20, 17-25, 25-16, 25-19 win Thursday over the Gowanda Lady Panthers.

The Lady Cougars (12-1, 10-0) received eight kills and two aces from Jenna Caskey, while Holly Miller blasted five kills. Katie Wakelee contributed eight digs, four kills and three aces, and Ashley Lind had seven digs and three aces for Cassadaga Valley.

Megan Gominiak came through with six blocks, six kills, four digs and an ace for Gowanda (7-5, 7-4). Her teammate Summer Allen had 13 assists, 10 digs and three kills, while fellow Lady Panther Marleah Stevens had 12 digs, two kills and an ace. Olivia Ackley made 18 digs and served two aces for Gowanda.

Cassadaga Valley coach Denny Wakelee was not entirely pleased with his team’s play Thursday, noting they dropped the second game for the second straight match.

“We’re playing pretty well but we keep hitting these slumps where we lose focus for a while,” he said. “I’m trying to get us ready for playoffs and we had 22 service errors today. That shows the level of talent that we do have that we are able to come back when we make mistakes like that.”

The Lady Cougars will look to avenge their only loss of the season today when they visit Maple Grove for a non-league contest. Gowanda’s next match is a CCAA North matchup at home against Forestville on Tuesday.

Brocton 20 28 22 21 Fredonia 25 25 25 25

The Brocton Lady Bulldogs (1-14, 1-9) lost in Fredonia to the Lady Hillbillies (3-9, 3-7) in CCAA North volleyball.

“It was great for the girls to finally feel what its like have some success,” Fredonia coach Amanda Krakowiak said. “This year was challenging and difficult, so it was nice to see them come out on top. They’ve worked really hard so it was nice to see their hard work pay off.

“I’d say Mackenzie (Markham) was our top player today,” the coach added. “She brought an energy today that the girls fed off of. She had good net play and made some really smart plays that helped us get points at crucial moments. It was a great team effort, Brocton didn’t make it easy on us.”

Markham led the way with 10 kills and a block. Anna Valone came away with 11 digs, six aces and four kills while teammate Maggie Mignoli recorded 10 assists and three aces in the win.

For Brocton, Sophia DeMarco had 16 kills and 3 blocks; Lindsey Stahlman had an ace and 13 assists.

Fredonia is back in action Tuesday at North Collins.

Silver Cr. 23 23 25 20 Dunkirk 25 25 22 25

The Dunkirk Lady Marauders (4-8, 3-7) hosted the Silver Creek Lady Black Knights (3-7, 3-7) in CCAA North volleyball Thursday and came out with a win.

For Dunkirk, Aaliyah Bass had six kills; Nadara Odell had four blocks and two kills; Amari Carter had eight blocks; Ashley Colon added seven assists and three kills; Jessica Beehler had four kills and three blocks; and Mackenzie Gugino recorded five aces in the win.

For Silver Creek, Krystal Schwab had 14 kills, six aces and three digs; Kiera Brennan had six kills and three digs and Julia Hill came away with 17 assists and three digs in the loss.

Dunkirk’s next match will be Tuesday at Brocton. Silver Creek will host Cassadaga Valley that day.

N. Collins 25 18 17 20 Forestville 19 25 25 25

FORESTVILLE — The Forestville Lady Hornets (9-5, 8-2) beat the North Collins Lady Eagles (6-6, 6-4) in four games on Thursday in CCAA North volleyball.

Brooke Ostrye led the way for Forestville with 18 kills, 11 blocks and three aces. CeCe Egan added 11 kills, and Makenzie Press contributed 14 digs and five aces.

For North Collins, Morgan Mathis had 16 kills and 7 digs, Irene Mancuso had six kills and MaKenna Williams recorded 18 assists in the loss.