Roy-Hart spikers outlast Albion in marathon

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 5 September 2018 at 10:41 pm

Photos by Cheryl Wertman – Roy-Hart’s Ella Brown spikes as the Albion trio of Emani Poole, Mckenna Boyer and Branda Johnson wait to return. The action took place during the Lady Rams win over the host Purple Eagles this evening.

Niagara-Orleans League volleyball action got underway this evening with a marathon match as Roy-Hart outlasted host Albion in five sets 22-25, 25-16, 25-18, 21-25, 25-12.

Albion jumped out to a big lead at the outset of the decisive fifth set as Breanda Johnson served up points 1-8.

However, Roy-Hart came battling back to quickly rally into a 16-9 lead as Alyssa Kubas served up points 2-5 and Kristina Burdick 7-16, a key run which included 2 spiking kills and a block by Aspen Moore, who had a total of 17 kills on the evening.

Roy-Hart’s Aspen Moore spikes over Albion’s Shakyeliz Luna.

Keeping the momentum, the Lady Rams then closed out the set and the match as Maddie Ciemny served up points 18-20, Moore 22-24 and Kubas had a kill to polish off the set and match winning point.  Moore also had 2 kills during that late spurt.

Albion though grabbed an early lead in the match as Johnson served up points 21-24 and Haley Smith registered a kill for point 25 giving the Purple Eagles the 25-21 win in the opening set.

Roy-Hart pulled even by taking the second set 25-16 as Kubas scored points 1-6 and Emilia Peracciny 10-12 to give the Lady Rams an early 12-2 lead.

The Lady Rams kept rolling into a 2-1 match lead by taking the third set 25-18 as Moore snapped a 16-16 tie with a kill and then Burdick served up points 18-22 and Peracciny 24-25.

However, Albion sent the match to the limit by taking the fourth set 25-21 knotting the contest at 2-2.

Rylee Pearles served up points 6-11 to give Albion an early 11-6 lead.

Roy-Hart did rally back to tie the contest at 17-17, 18-18 and 19-19, the last two deadlocks coming off kills by Kubas and Moore.

Albion though withstood the challenge as Conlon served up points 21-24, including a pair of aces, to help the Purple Eagles close out the win and send the contest to a decisive fifth set.

The serving of Burdick, Ciemny and Moore along with the spiking of Moore then keyed Roy-Hart to a 25-12 victory in that decisive final set.

The Wilson at Medina match was postponed due to the heat.

Albion’s duo of Natalie Lathrop and Logan Conlon dive for a return.