Spike Out Cancer: Fredonia beats Forestville, 3-2

OBSERVER Photo by Lisa Monacelli Fredonia’s Sydney Bigelow (15) leaps up to block a hit from Forestville’s Pheobe Kingsfield during Tuesday’s “Spike Out Cancer” annual benefit high school volleyball game in Forestville.

FORESTVILLE — The ninth annual Spike Out Cancer Benefit for the Forestville volleyball team was played on Tuesday. This was the second year that the modified teams also competed in an exhibition so it was a great way to involve the entire community.

“There were many donations from the community for the basket raffles and bake sale,” said Forestville coach Sonia Ortolano. “We would like to thank community members for participating and their generous donations. The committee members will add all proceeds and donate those contributions to a few organizations and local families.”

As for the volleyball match, Fredonia (7-6) won a close five set match 22-25, 25-18, 25-16, 26-28, 25-23.

In the first set, Forestville tallied five consecutive points behind the serving of Rachael Goodrich. The Hornets continued the set with strong passing before Anna Valone led the Hillbillies to six straight points including three aces. Forestville finished with a kill by Winnie Kingsfield after a long rally.

“We were flat at the start of the match,” stated Fredonia coach Amanda Krakowiak. “We did not talk like we should and looked tight with regular passes. As the match went on, we continued to improve steadily.”

Fredonia won the second set behind strong play from Sydney Bigelow and great play at the net from Nagely Vazquez. Fredonia kept that momentum going in the third set as they recorded the first six points.

Forestville crawled back into the match to tie it at nine before Vazquez had a key block which allowed the Hillbillies to make a run. A few Forestville mistakes aided the run to give Fredonia the set.

According to Ortolano, “We had too many errors, especially at serve and serve receive. We need to move our feet and talk to play as a team. It is hard to dig out of those mistakes.”

Fredonia got off to a 10-2 lead in the fourth with aggressive play from outside hitters. Forestville came back strong to tie the game at 18 with multiple Fredonia errors. Fredonia then pulled off four straight points before Forestville tied the game at 23.

After both teams recorded service errors, Clare Kingsfield put a perfectly placed ball in the back corner before a Fredonia error which leveled the match at two sets each.

“We missed some key serves and we have discussed how important they are,” said Krakowiak. “Serves can really swing the momentum as shown tonight.”

Forestville kept the momentum going early in the fifth by going up by four. It was a game of runs for both teams, but like the last set, the game was tied at 23. Forestville committed two errors off the serve receive, which secured the close league victory for Fredonia.

According to Krakowiak, “We have stressed the importance of consistency. There will be runs, but we try to stay more on the ups than we do the downs. This was a great competitive match.”

Anna Valone led the Hillbillies with six aces, 14 kills, and 12 digs. Nagely Vazquez chipped in with four aces, seven kills, and four blocks while Maggie Mignoli added six aces, six kills, and 16 digs. Forestville (4-9, 4-13) was led by Winnie Kingsfield with nine kills and two aces.

Clare Kingsfield contributed with six kills and two aces while Paige Whitehill added three aces.

“Some things went well and we also struggled at times,” said Ortolano. “Fredonia went on runs and it took us a while to get out of it. We had a few good plays at net as a block always energizes us. Olivia Towne stepped up with a huge block today.”

Fredonia finishes its league play today at Silver Creek in the Black Knights fundraiser event for Leukemia while Forestville hosts Brocton on Thursday for senior night. “It is always wonderful to give back to the community,” said Krakowiak. “Last year, we were part of this event and it was an honor to be here again.”

“The kids and fans had a lot of fun tonight,” added Ortolano. “There were some exciting matches that made this possible along with all of the other events happening outside of the gym.”

Fredonia was victorious in the JV match.