Dunkirk downs Brocton/Westfield in four sets
High school volleyball roundup
BROCTON — Dunkirk traveled to Brocton/Westfield for Section VI volleyball action on Thursday, as both teams looked to get back in the win column. The Lady Marauders were firing on all cylinders as they topped the Lady Bulldogs in a four set battle 25-15, 25-15, 22-25, 25-18.
Both teams came out of the gate ready to play as it was back and forth at the start of the first set. As the score entered double digits, Dunkirk started to pull away taking control of the game and not looking back. They would win the first set 25-15 having all the momentum.
Dunkirk kept the energy going from the first set as they jumped out to an early lead. During the second set the Lady Marauders had impressive leads of 9-1 then later 21-11. Brocton/Westfield’s coach Andy Deakin attributed some of their early woes to them making too many unforced errors. Dunkirk would end up taking this set again by a score of 25-10.
With the Lady Bulldogs’ backs up against the wall facing the 2-0 deficit, they knew they would need a little more to get out of the hole. And a little more is what they gave, as the Lady Bulldogs would come out taking the quick lead improving on their errors in the previous sets. Sophia Demarco was a big part of the Lady Bulldogs push as she went on a nice run from the service area helping get five points in a row. Brocton/Westfield had a 11-6 lead at one point, however Dunkirk would not go away.
Led by their libero, Paola Rodriguez, Dunkirk surged back into the set getting the score to 16-15 Dunkirk. Rodriguez had an impressive evening registering six aces and 36 digs towards the winning effort. Just as it appeared Dunkirk would finish the match and pull ahead Brocton/Westfield kept with them edging out a near 25-22 victory.
Heading into the fourth Brocton/Westfield looked to further the comeback from 2-0. Dunkirk would have other plans as they came out fast and furious scoring the first seven points of the set with Rodriguez at the service line. The Lady Bulldogs would not give up as they went on their own six point run to get back in the game. The game once again was pretty back and forth until 16 all.
Brocton/Westfield felt the momentum shifting in Dunkirk’s favor and called a timeout when trailing 17-19, looking to rally the team. This did would not work in their favor as the Lady Marauders powered to a 25-18 victory, outscoring the Lady Bulldogs 6-1 after the timeout.
What worked for Dunkirk, according to head coach Kodi Hoyt, was that they “worked together and stayed positive allowing us to get the upper hand.”
Dunkirk also had great performances out of Erick Vargas and Hannah Ellman. Vargas scored four aces, eight hits, one assist and 19 digs. Ellman scored four aces, six assists and 33 digs.
“We played three games this week and were a little tired. But it’s nice that we got out of our slump.” said Coach Hoyt.
Dunkirk improves their record to (1-2) in the league with a win Thursday. The Lady Marauders are back in action Tuesday against Silver Creek.
Brocton/Westfield now is (0-4) on the season after the tough loss Thursday.
“Towards the end we had some untimely missed serves and struggled with out ball control.” said Coach Deakin.
The Lady Bulldogs effort was led by Sophia Demarco and Emily Madison. Demarco had 12 kills, one assist, three blocks and eight aces. Madison had eight assists and four digs. Brocton/Westfield is back in action Friday as they take on Pine Valley.
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North Collins 3, Fredonia 1
NORTH COLLINS — The North Collins Eagles volleyball team won on Thursday, defeating the Fredonia/Hillbillies in four sets, 22-25, 25-17, 25-22 and 25-21.
Top performers for the Lady Eagles were Makenna Williams, who racked up 27 assists, three kills, two aces, and Deamme Wilson who had 16 kills. McKenna Rice also contributed in the win, scoring nine kills and five aces.
Fredonia’s Anna Valone had five aces, five kills and seven digs while Sydney Bigelow added four aces, seven kills and one block for the Hillbillies.
North Collins was able to bounce back after dropping the first set by winning the final three sets to close out the match.
“We changed the lineup and moved some other people to different spots,” said North Collins head coach Dave Burgstahler. “We’re trying to work on our errors as a team and we did a better job tonight.”
North Collins (5-0) will play a non-league match tonight against Maple Grove at 6 p.m. Fredonia (2-2) will host Cassadaga Valley on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m.
Gowanda 3, Cassadaga Valley 2
CASSADAGA — The Gowanda Panthers pulled off a thrilling five set win over the Cassadaga Valley Cougars on Thursday, with scores of 31-29, 26-24, 14-25, 22-25, 24-26.
Top performers for Cassadaga Valley were Kaitlyn Dahl with 27 assists and five digs as well as Brooke Repine who had ten kills four aces and eight digs. Heidi Williams also pitched in ten kills and two blocks.
For Gowanda, Marleah Stevens racked up eight aces, 12 kills and 16 digs. Miya Scanlon had ten kills and 22 digs while Olivia Ackley pitched in 18 digs.
Cassadaga Valley (3-2, 2-1) will look to rebound tonight when they face Salamaca at home with a 6:30 p.m. start.