South boys sweep Lockport
There may be a little movement when the next Western New York boys volleyball poll is released.
That’s because host No. 8 Williamsville South scored a three-game sweep of No. 4 Lockport on Wednesday. Scores of the match were 29-27, 26-24 and 25-17.
The Billies improved to 4-0 as senior outside hitter Anthony Podgorsak led the way with 13 kills, meanwhile Joe Zanelotti, a sophomore, dished out 34 assists. Junior middle hitter Christian Graziano had 10 kills and two aces.
Will South, which reached the sectional semifinals – losing to eventual champion Lake Shore – opened the season by winning the Maryvale Tournament last Saturday. The Billies, who beat St. Mary’s and Grand Island en route to the Maryvale crown, have five returning starters from last season’s team.
“We’re just working on getting our consistency back but a pretty strong start for us,” South coach Thom Knab said. “We have several offensive weapons. We’re trying to utilize all of them.”
Cheektowaga boots Maryvale
Cheektowaga and Maryvale have quite the rivalry but the two girls soccer teams usually don’t open the season against one another. Well, that used to be the case until Wednesday.
A changeup to the schedule had Cheektowaga facing the Flyers instead of traditional opening foe East Aurora. The result, an emotionally charged 1-0 triumph for the Warriors, who received plenty of big saves from goalkeeper Meghan Dulniak, while Maria Dziekan’s breakaway goal in the 34th minute of the first half proved to be the difference. Dulniak was credited with 27 stops.
“We were super pumped for that,” Cheektowaga coach Jessica McGill said. “We normally start our season against EA. We were really excited to start our season against Maryvale, our longtime rival.”
The Warriors went 1-0-1 against Maryvale last year.
Elsewhere, last year’s Section VI Class AA runner-up, Williamsville North, produced a 5-0 rout of Frontier in the ECIC I girls soccer opener for both teams.
Senior and All-WNY first-team returnee Meredith Licata, one of eight returning starters, had a goal and an assist, while Marah O’Connor and Deanna Alonge combined for the shutout.
In ECIC II, freshman Marissa Birzon had two goals and two assists to lead Williamville East (3-0, 1-0) to a 5-3 win over host Starpoint (0-1, 0-1).
Fiona Dargan and Nicole Gruber each had hat tricks during Williamsville South’s 8-0 win over West Seneca East in ECIC II.
Newfane wins in overtime
Newfane earned the right to celebrate a season-opening victory in dramatic fashion Wednesday in Niagara-Orleans League boys soccer play.
The Panthers beat visiting Medina, 4-3, in overtime as senior Ethan Harpst scored the game-winner off a Jon George cross pass.
George also scored for Newfane, while Mike Lekanka had a goal and an assist.
Elsewhere in the league, Randy Mayer had a goal and two assists, while Nick Doria, Chris Mayrose and Jamison Nelson scored as Akron opened with a 4-0 rout of Roy-Hart.