Lyndonville spikers top Holley in opener

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 3 September 2013 at 12:00 am

Albion, Medina, Roy-Hart score wins

Photo by Cheryl Wertman – NET ACTION: Lyndonville’s Heather Mufford (10) spikes the ball against Holley defender Brianna Barber (14) during this evening’s match won by the host Lady Tigers.

LYNDONVILLE – Opening the season on a high note, Lyndonville downed Holley 25-16, 25-11, 26-24 this evening in a season opening non league volleyball match.

In Niagara-Orleans League openers, Medina defeated host CSAT 25-20, 25-10, 25-14; Albion downed host Akron 25-14, 15-13, 15-11 and Roy-Hart defeated host and defending champion Wilson 25-12, 20-25, 25-23, 25-13.

A marathon run of 11 straight service points by Morgan Hungerford late in the first set ignited Lyndonville past Holley.

Lyndonville trailed 14-11 when Hungerford rattled off the 11 straight points, six of which were aces.

Heather Mufford then closed out the 25-16 win by serving up two straight aces.

Keeping the hot hand, Hungerford then served up six straight aces to close out the 25-11 victory in the second set.

The Lady Tigers built up a 13-6 lead midway through the set as Haley Wetherbee served up points 4-7 and Mufford 9-13, three of which were aces.

Refusing to fold, Holley did grab leads of 9-5 and 21-18 in the third set as Tessa McArthur served up points 5-9 and Paige Whittier 16-21, three of which were aces.

However on both occasions Lyndonville came battling back.

First Katie Marek served up points 7-10, Abigail Feldman 12-13 and Cierra Riley 15-17 to rally the Lady Tigers into a brief 17-13 lead.

Then, after Holley had moved back out to a 21-18 advantage, Lyndonville got two key service points by Wetherbee and one by Mufford before Feldman registered two clutch spike kills for points rallying the Lady Tigers into a 25-24 lead. Marek followed up with the decisive service point to close out the set and the match.

“Our serving was fantastic,” Lyndonville coach Kevin Laskey said. “We’ve very happy to do it and get the first win. We’re looking forward to continued success.”

Photo by Cheryl Wertman – MEETING AT THE TOP: Holley’s Ayssa Young (8) tries to spike the ball against Mufford who meets her at the net on a block.

Medina 25-25-25, CSAT 20-10-14

Nicole Blount had seven aces and Brittany Button five to spark Medina at the service line while two kills each by Button, Emma Ambrose and Brittany Schultz sparked the Mustangs at the next in the straight set win at CSAT.

Blount had six service points in the opening set and Ambrose seven in a row (points 16-22) in the second.

The decisive third set then saw Blount serve up points 2-11 and Button 16-22.

The Mustangs also had Emily Kams with eight assists.

Albion 25-25-25, Akron 14-13-11

Sarah Millspaugh had 7 kills, 8 aces and 3 digs; Kelsee Soule 6 kills, 5 aces and 4 digs; Meghan Hurley 4 kills, 3 aces, 9 assists and 2 digs and Jasmine Smith 5 assists to lead Albion’s balanced attack in the three set win at Akron.

Roy-Hart 25-20-25-25, Wilson 12-25-23-13

Justine Wittcop had 24 service points, 3 kills and 3 aces, Courtney VanBuren 10 kills, Aylen Brewer 15 digs, Morgan Jones 5 kills and 5 blocks and Eliza Schwab 18 assists and 10 digs to lead Roy-Hart to the four set victory at Wilson.