Alden spikers top Medina in Class B-2 final
A powerful spiking attack powered top seeded Alden to a four set 25-13, 20-25, 25-15, 25-20 victory over No. 2 Medina in the Section VI Class B-2 volleyball championship this evening at Daemen College.
Shelby Kersten, a 6-2 junior, pounded home 25 spiking kills for points to spearhead the Alden attack which also got 8 kills by sophomore Emma Wlostowski.
Je’ne Brown led Medina at the net with 10 kills.
Kersten had a huge opening set with 8 kills, 1 block, 1 tip and 1 service ace to account for 11 of the Lady Bulldogs 25 points in the 25-13 win.
Medina though did battle back to even the match by taking the second set highlighted by 5 kills by Brown.
Leading by a narrow 12-11 margin, the Mustangs saw Maddie Williams serve up points 13-16, including 3 aces, and Elle Gross 18-22, also including 3 aces, to key the victory as Grace Masse also registered an ace for point 24.
Two kills by Williams, along with one by Camri King, helped keep Medina within two at 12-10 midway through the pivotal third set but the Mustangs could get no closer.
A three point run of service points by Wlostowski opened up a little breathing room for Alden which got 8 kills and 2 blocks for points from Kersten in the set which the Lady Bulldogs claimed 25-15.
Medina though again came battling back to take leads of 12-7, 13-10 and 15-14 in the fourth set as Leah Sheelar served up points 4-7, including an ace, and Williams points 11-12 with an ace as Brown added 3 kills and a block for points.
However, Alden outscored Medina 10-5 down the stretch to lock up the set and the match.
Kersten had 6 kills and 2 blocks and Wlostowski 5 kills to spark the Lady Bulldogs in that set.
The victory advances Alden to a Monday meeting with B-1 champion East Aurora for the overall Section VI Class B title and a berth in the state playoffs. East Aurora downed Maryvale in three sets to claim the B-1 title.
The championship match was the first for Medina since 1995 when the Mustangs ironically defeated Alden for the B-2 title.
Section V Class C2
Byron-Bergen 25-25-25, Letchworth 20-19-19
Laurne Burke had 12 kills, Madison Farnsworth 9 aces and 6 kills and Catherine Brumsted 3 kills and 2 aces to lead undefeated Byron-Bergen (18-0) to a straight set win over Letchworth in a Section V Class C2 match.
B-B next faces Geneseo at 5:30 p.m. Friday at Bloomfield.