Eden overcame a slow start and swept Cazenovia in the Class C girls volleyball Super Regional at Jamesville-Dewitt High School near Syracuse. Hayley Ballou had four service aces and Heather Holscher had 13 kills for the Raiders.
“We were a little sluggish early on,” said Eden coach Stephen Pierce. “We had just come off a three-hour bus ride, and the match before us went way over. So, there was a lot of sitting and waiting but after that the girls started playing pretty well.”
Eden will move on to the state final four next Saturday and Sunday in Glens Falls.
Orchard Park coach Greg Lardo and his players knew all along they would have to get past Mercy High of Rochester to get to the state semifinals. The Quakers and Mercy had met three times during the season. Mercy topped OP in the Frontier Tournament, the Quakers returned the favor at the North Tonawanda Tournament and Mercy won a regular match at Orchard Park.
Saturday, Mercy swept the Quakers in the Class AA Far West Regionals at Webster Schroeder, 25-18, 25-22, and 25-20.
“It was a high level of volleyball,” Lardo said.
FIELD HOCKEY: Claire Ahern scored on a corner five minutes into overtime to give Williamsville North a 2-1 victory over Fairport in the Class A Far West Regional at Penfield. Hannah Pilkey had the other goal for the Spartans (12-4).
Barker conquered old nemesis East Rochester, 2-0, to advance in Class C as Kim Zaepfel and Kelsey Blackley scored goals and Kaitlyn Mason got the shutout without facing a shot on goal. The Raiders have faced East Rochester many times in the Far West Regional and this was only the fourth time they triumphed.
GIRLS SOCCER: Ellicottville (15-3), which went to the state Class D semifinals a year ago, fell short this time. Kaeli Johnson’s goal with 10:19 left in the game gave Jasper-Troupsburg of Section V a 1-0 victory over the Eagles in the Far West regional at Webster-Thomas, ending the season for coach Mary Neilon’s team.
“It (the winning goal) came after a direct kick. There was a scramble in front of the goal. We didn’t clear it and went right to her (Johnson’s) foot, and she knocked it in,” Neilon said.
Junior goalkeeper Liz Wendel made 14 saves for the Eagles.
“All three of our defenders (Sam Uhrinek, Amy Borowiak and Chantell Perez) played well,” Neilon said.The other four Section VI girls soccer teams also lost to Rochester area opponents — all were shut out, too. Webster Thomas edged Orchard Park, 1-0, in Class AA. Brighton defeated Williamsville South, 2-0, in Class A. Akron had only three shots on goal in a 3-0 loss to Greece Odyssey in Class B and Holland lost to Keshequa, 2-0, in Class C.