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Albion spikers romp in Class B2 semis

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 30 October 2014 at 12:00 am

Photo by Cheryl Wertman – Albion’s Chanyce Powell tries to spike the ball against the block attempt of East Aurora’s Maddie McLaughline (10) and Kayla Norton (8) during the host Purple Eagles sectional semifinal win over the Blue Devils this evening.

Rebounding quickly from an 8-1 deficit at the outset, No. 2 seed Albion romped to a 25-18, 25-14, 25-6 victory over visiting No. 3 East Aurora this evening in the Section VI Class B2 semifinals.

Kelsee Soule had 13 spiking kills and 9 digs, Chanyce Powell 9 kills and 3 aces, Meghan Hurley 16 assists, 3 aces and 2 kills and Olivia Neidert 10 assists to lead the way for Albion which will face either No. 1 Depew or No .4 Cheektowaga in the B2 title match next Tuesday at Lockport at 8 p.m.

Breaking away from a 17-17 deadlock, Albion regained the lead for good in the opening set as Powell served up points 18-20 registering aces for both points 19 and 20.

Mallory Broda then quickly closed out the set by serving up points 22-25 as Soule registered kills to polish off points 23 and 25.

Keeping the momentum, Albion used two big scoring runs to key the second set win. Hurley served up points 3-8, a run which featured two kills and a block by Powell, and Ashley Bocach scored points 16-21.

Photo by Cheryl Wertman – Olivia Neidert serves up a point for the Purple Eagles.

The Purple Eagles wasted little time in closing out the win by rolling to a 25-6 win in the third set. Powell served up points 5-10, a run which featured kills by Aleah Foos and Soule; Neidert scored points 13-18, a run capped off by a kill by Soule, and Bocach served up points 20-23, a run started with a kill by Soule and finished with a block by Powell.

Another kill by Powell polished off point 24 and Morgan Ferris followed up by serving an ace for the st and match winner.

Albion is now 18-1 overall on the season.