Albion spikers top Medina to clinch tie for title

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 9 October 2013 at 12:00 am

Photo by Cheryl Wertman – RIVALS MEET: Albion’s Sara Millspaugh (5) spikes the ball against Medina’s Emily Kams during the Purple Eagles win over the host Mustangs this evening. The teams wore special pink and teal jerseys for the contest in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Photo by Cheryl Wertman – NET ACTION: Medina’s Jenna Carpenter (9) goes up for a spike as Albion’s Meghan Hurley goes up for a block. Medina’s Nicole Blount waits for a return shot.

Clinching at least a tie for the title, Albion downed host Medina 25-16, 25-13, 25-18 this evening to remain undefeated at 10-0 in Niagara-Orleans League volleyball competition.

“We still have two more to go though,” Albion coach Ann Capacci cautioned. “We have to keep doing the little things, playing our game and getting better each day.”

Chanyce Powell had 10 spiking kils and 4 blocks, Meghan Hurley 3 aces and 2 kills, Sara Millspaugh 4 aces, 3 kills and 8 digs and Kelsee Soule 5 kills, 2 aces and 6 digs to lead Albion’s balanced attack.

Nicole Blount had 5 kills, Jenna Carpenter 4 kills, Felisha Houseman 2 aces and Emily Kams 5 assists for Medina which slips to 4-7.

Leading by a narrow 19-16 margin, Albion took the opening set 25-16 as Millspaugh served up the final six points in a row, three of which were aces.

“Taking that first set was key,” Capacci said.
Keeping the momentum, Albion jumped out to a 17-5 lead in the second set as Hurley served up points 11-13, including an ace and two kills by Soule, and Brooke Wilson scored points 15-17 including an ace.

Two kills by Powell helped boost the Purple Eagles advantage to 20-9 and Millspaugh served up the final two registering an ace for the set winner.

Albion quickly closed out the match by taking the third set 25-18 as Jasmyn Smith served up points 4-7, Millspaugh 12-18 with three aces and Olivia Neidert 23-25 as Powell’s 10th kill of the night polished off the set and match winner.

The night was also the “Dig Pink, Dig Teal” event in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month and the teams wore pink and teal jerseys.

“It’s a nice event and its good for the kids to give back,” Capacci said. “Few haven’t been touched due to cancer so this is an important thing. And it’s special for Albion and Medina to do it together as it also builds positive relationships between the schools.”

Photo by Cheryl Wertman – SPECIAL NIGHT:This evening’s Albion at Medina rivalry volleyball match was a special one as the two teams wore pink and teal jerseys in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The two teams met after the match for a joint photo. Also shown here are the special T-shirts and bracelets that were sold to help raise money for cancer research.

Roy-Hart 27-25-25, Newfane 25-17-12
NEWFANE – Eliza Schwab had 12 points, 3 of which were aces, Courtney VanBuren 6 points, 4 killls and 3 aces, Justine Wittcop and Morgan Jones 10 points, 3 kills and 2 aces and Becky Harnish 3 kills to spark Roy-Hart which proves to 9-2 with a 27-25, 25-17, 2512 victory over Newfane (5-5).

Wilson 25-25-25, Akron 10-16-20
WILSON – Alyssa Schlosser had 12 digs, Kelly Secor 5 kills and Alissa DiCesare 9 straight service points in the third set to lead Wilson past Akron ni three straight sets.

Wilson improves to 7-3 and Akron slips to 1-9.