Serving was the key for Wilson Saturday afternoon as the Lakewomen came back to defeat Starpoint in three games for the championship of the BNCC West Seneca Invitational Volleyball tournament.
Starpoint won the first game 25-19, but Wilson rallied for 29-27 win in game two then used the momentum to win 15-7 in the decisive third game.
“Early on we didn’t serve well and when we don’t serve well, we don’t win games,” Wilson coach Jackie Bentoh said. “With any team, serving can be up and down. Serving changes the whole momentum of the game. If you’re doing well but serve it into the net or out, it’s a downer and the other team gets momentum. It changes everything about the game.”
Starpoint was ahead in the second game before the Lakewomen found their serving groove. Wilson made the final of the tournament last year, but lost to Lockport.
Wilson advanced to the final with a 25-19, 25-19 win over Roy-Hart. Starpoint advanced with a 25-16, 25-10 win over West Seneca West.
Jordan Glosser (17 kills, 15 aces) and Lindsay Bryer (70 assists, 15 kills, 15 aces) were named to the all-tournament team for Wilson, but Bentoh was quick to point out the entire team effort needed to earn the title.
Also on the all-tournament team were Madison Clark (Starpoint), Brianna Clark (Starpoint), Eliza Schwab (Roy-Hart) and Rachel Poirier (West Seneca West).
After dropping the first game, 20-25, West Seneca West rebounded to take the next two over Williamsville South and win the 16th Lockport Boosters Invitational. The Indians edged the Billies, 25-17, 26-24.
Middle hitter Gregg Hart and outside hitter Shaun O’Brien were named to the all-tournament team from West Seneca West.
Outside hitter Anthony Padgorzak and setter Joe Zanelotti of Williamsville South were also all-tourney selections along with libero Joel Larson (Lockport) and middle hitter Tom Duszkiewicz (St. Francis).
With three finishers in the top five on both the boys and girls side, host East Aurora won both team titles at the KnoXC Invitational at Knox State Park.
On the boys side, Clarence’s Daniel Huben won the individual title in a time of 16:05.5 over the 3.1-mile course. East Aurora took second through fourth place with finishes by Sean Phillips, Gene Baritot and Brendan Keany.
Marissa Saenger of Clarence won the girls’ race in 18:33.93. East Aurora’s Marta McLaughlin, Megan Baritot and Mackenzie Donahue crossed the line second through fourth.
In the Southern Tier Classic at St. Bonaventure, Allegany-Limestone won the girls small school division while Maple Grove won the large school. Holly Eliason of Sherman and Lauren Reyda of Fredonia were individual winners.
On the boys side, Elmira won the large school division with Corey Wefing of Maple Grove winning the individual title. In the small school division, Addison won the team title and Gabe Trimbur of Coudersport won the individual honor.
Lockport continues to be the team to beat in Niagara Frontier League soccer as the boys and girls teams defeated North Tonawanda.
Josh Beshaw had two goals and an assist for the boys (9-0, 11-0 overall) in a 4-1 win while Lauren Wager netted a pair of goals and Gretta Dry had a goal and three assists for the girls (9-0-1, 10-1-1 overall).