MAYVILLE - In the season's second matchup between CCAA Division 3's top two girls volleyball teams, Chautauqua Lake (6-0, 7-0) again proved to be too much for Forestville (4-2, 7-2) as the Lady Thunderbirds stayed undefeated with a three-game sweep, Thursday at Chautauqua Lake Central School.
Behind Jenna Einink's 16 kills, four aces, eight digs and three blocks, Chautauqua Lake handled Forestville to the tune of 25-23, 25-13, 25-20.
"Any time we beat Forestville is big," Chautauqua Lake coach Joanne Meadows said. "Going in, you'd like to think you're going to win, but you never expect to win. My kids started out shaky because they were pretty nervous."
OBSERVER?Photo by?Lisa Monacelli
Chautauqua Lake’s Hannah Rauh spikes the ball against Forestville during Thursday’s CCAA?Division 3 girls’ high school volleyball match.
'Shaky' was a gentle way of stating it as the Lady Thunderbirds missed eight serves in the first game.
"All we have to do is score 17 points," Forestville coach Jack Dugan said, "because they gave us eight. Unfortunately we didn't capitalize on their missed serves."
Throughout the first half of the first game, Forestville looked like the more focused, prepared team and was able to build a 15-10 lead - it's largest of the night - after Sydney Youngberg's spike and a big block from Alisha Szumigala.
Youngberg finished with six kills, two aces and a block while Szumigala added a pair of kills and four blocks.
An 8-4 Chautauqua Lake run prompted Dugan to call a timeout with his team's lead down to 19-18.
Following the break, a pair of kills from Einink sandwiched an ace from Ashton Albanesius and suddenly the Lady Thunderbirds held their first lead since scoring the first point of the game.
Albanesius finished with 10 kills, two aces and three digs.
"Ashton probably had her best game of the season," Meadows said. "She had an ankle injury early on and today it looked like she was finally past it."
"They're good hitters," Dugan added of Einink and Albanesius. "(Chautauqua Lake) ran their offense very well."
Forestville committed three unforced errors to help Chautauqua Lake close the first game out.
The second game was more of the same with Einink and Albanesius continuing to bombard the Lady Hornets with spikes as the Lady Thunderbirds ran away with it.
The pair combined for nine kills and a pair of aces in the second game alone.
"The second game was certainly better results than I could have expected," Meadows continued. "They're really improving a lot."
"I think in spurts we can hang with them," Dugan added. "I have a lot of respect for (Chautauqua Lake), but I believe in the kids I coach too. We have our moments when we can be like them. They have solid players and are well coached, but I always want to come out on the winning end."
The Lady Hornets very nearly pulled off a win in the third game after they fell behind 21-14.
On the ensuing volley, Szumigala recorded two blocks before Chautauqua Lake hit it wide. Forestville rode that momentum for all it was worth and closed the gap to 21-19.
"I have a bunch of fighters on my team," Dugan stated. "I have a lot of kids who are upset right now because they don't like losing. We fight to the end. No matter what happens, we don't give up. If you're going to beat us, you're going to have to earn it."
Youngberg, Szumigala and Cherish Pope all contributed to the offensive attack in the third game, but Forestville still fell short as the Lady Thunderbirds were able to hang on.
Pope finished with five kills, two blocks and an ace while Ryanne Dugan
Chautauqua Lake is feeling good following the win and hopes to stay hot in its upcoming action.
"We play a tournament this weekend in Eden where we'll play a lot of teams we don't know," Meadows explained. "This gives us a little something to build on."
Both teams continue their league schedules on Tuesday. Chautauqua Lake hosts Panama while Forestville will welcome Maple Grove to its home court.
Panama 25 25 25
Westfield 9 12 21
PANAMA - Cora Monroy recorded 10 kills, four aces and a block to lead Panama (4-2, 5-3) to a CCAA Division 3 girls volleyball win over Westfield on Thursday.
The Lady Panthers took the match in three straight games, 25-9, 25-12, 25-21.
Crystal Swanson added seven kills for Panama while Carly Abbatte was good for four kills and 20 assists.
Hilary Nelson had two blocks and a pair of kills in the loss for Westfield while Jenn LaPorte added two aces and three assists and Andrea Cook recorded three blocks.
Panama hosts Ripley in a non-league game, today.
Panama won the jayvee contest, 25-12, 25-20.
North Collins 25 25 25
Brocton 18 8 12
BROCTON - Christine Blidy's eight aces, one kill and 20 assists led the North Collins Lady Eagles to a 25-18, 25-8, 25-12 victory over Brocton (1-7, 1-8) on Thursday in CCAA Division 4 girls' high school volleyball.
Jasmine Filkov added six aces, seven kills and one assist in the win.
Kayla Peting led Brocton with six service points, two aces and six assists while Morgan Bennett had four kills and two blocks in defeat.