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2018-09-19 / Sports

North boys volleyball improves league record

by PATRICK J. NAGY Reporter

Williamsville North’s boys volleyball team improved to 2-1 in ECIC I after beating West Seneca West, 25-19, 25-21, 23-25, 25-18 on the road on Sept. 12.

“We won the first two games in a convincing fashion and then we got lackadaisical in the third game,” North coach Jake Waszak said. “That tends to happen after a solid first two games where we play the same way that we played in the first two games, and the other team makes adjustments and we don’t. We bounced right back in the fourth set.”

Adam Gulick led the offense with 18 kills, four aces and three blocks.

Jon Abaya added eight kills.

Matt Wiepert tallied 45 assists and two aces.

“This is the first game this year that Wiepert played to the level that he needed to be playing at for us to be a force to be reckoned with in Western New York,” Waszak said.

Waszak noted the play of junior libero Andrew Krysiak and junior middle hitter Carson Swierski (14 kills, two blocks).

Jackson Lieber (six kills, two aces); Pete Stopinski (four kills, two blocks); Mitchell Simon (10 digs); Eoin Burns (two aces); and

Chris Kirsch (ace, five digs) also contributed to the victory.

North hosted Lancaster Monday, but information about the match was unavailable before The Bee went to press. The Spartans travel to Hamburg on Friday.

Sweet Home-Will. South

Sweet Home traveled to Williamsville South on Sept. 11 and recorded a 19-25, 14-25, 20-25 victory.

Solomon Shabazz tallied 10 kills and Andrew Thiele handed out 38 assists for the Panthers.

Nico Zanelotti led the Billies with seven kills and two aces. Dominic Drexinger added four kills and Matt Angelo added three blocks.

South coach Thom Knab said the team did not play together.

South also traveled to Lake Shore on Thursday and lost 22-25, 14-25, 12-25.

Knab was out of town and was not at the Lake Shore match, but JV coach Phil Smith told him that the team came out flat in the second set and even flatter in the third set.

South (3-4, 2-4) hosted Amherst on Monday, but information about the match was unavailable before The Bee went to press. The Billies travel to Clarence on Friday.

Sweet Home hosted Starpoint on Monday, but information about the match was unavailable before The Bee went to press. The Panthers play at West Seneca East on Wednesday and hosts Williamsville East on Friday.

The Panthers host the 47th Sweet Home Tournament at 8 a.m. on Saturday. The nine-team tournament features Sweet Home, Lockport, Clarence, Lancaster, Williamsville East, Iroquois, St. Mary’s of Lancaster, Hamburg and Niagara Wheatfield. It is the longest-running boys volleyball tournament in Western New York.

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