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Gruelling win for K-West

Coach Kelly Strong’s Kenmore West girls volleyball team was exhausted after its Niagara Frontier League victory Tuesday over Lew-Port and not just because the Blue Devils had to come from behind to win the match in a gruelling five sets.

Tuesday’s sweltering — for September — heat wore down the athletes as much as the intense competition. It was the first victory in three matches for the Blue Devils, a team made up predominantly of underclassmen.

“I’m guessing it was 85-90 degrees in the gym,” Strong said. “We talked about hydrating during every timeout, and I give the girls a lot of credit for hanging in there to the end to win a tough match in tough conditions. We learned a lot from this match and our future looks good.”

Kenmore West won, 25-15, 23-25, 11-25, 25-20, 25-20.

“It came down to service. We had a lot of tough serves and that was the difference,” Strong said.

Dana Mancuso, a sophomore, served six aces for Kenmore West and setter Abby Borkowski, an eighth-grader, also had six. In addition Mancuso had 12 kills and nine digs.

Elsewhere, Jakki Steck had nine kills for St. Mary’s as the Lancers swept Nichols, 25-10, 25-10, 25-6, in their Monsignor Martin girls volleyball match. ... Megan Jepson had 16 aces for Nardin in a straight sets win over Niagara Catholic.

No. 2 Flames go to 4-0

In boys soccer, Williamsville East (4-0, 2-0 ECIC II and ranked No. 2 in the Large Schools Coaches Poll) remained unbeaten with a 5-0 triumph over Sweet Home. Vick Goel had two goals and Nick Aja registered the shutout.

Michael Biedny was credited with the shutout as No. 1 ranked large school Clarence topped Frontier, 2-0, in ECIC I.

Paige Buscaglia scored twice as Akron stayed unbeaten in Niagara Orleans League girls soccer with a 4-2 win over Newfane.

Chrissy Alonge scored three times and Hanny Podgurski had a pair of goals and two assists as undefeated Williamsville North routed Jamestown, 9-0, in ECIC I.

Kenmore field hockey wins

Kaeli Mathias scored five times and Kailyn Burke had two tallies as Kenmore defeated Roy-Hart, 5-0, in Niagara Frontier League field hockey. Mackenzie Hadaway has the shutout for Kenmore.

Lydia Gaughren had both goals for Newfane and Sam Summers shut out Wilson, 2-0, in another N-O match.