ALL TOGETHER NOW — The Lady Griffs modified volleyball team gathered for a team shot, as it wrapped up the season. From left, front row: Samantha Gorski, Meadow Wittman and Mallory Robel. Second row: Abigail Stressinger, Nichole Sakilowski, Sydney Freemen, Sydney Rosati, Corrin Sakilowski, Megan Poppenberg and Morgan Christ. Row three: coach Stephanie Sullivan, Mary DiGangi, Lynea Bunnell-Cruz, Lauren Ditchey, Allison Emmick, Emma Hawkes, Lizzy Shearer, Caroline Roy and Sadie Olrogg. Photo submitted by Marcia Hawkes.
SPRINGVILLE — The Springville-Griffith Institute girls modified volleyball team finished one of their strongest seasons on record, with an 11-1 season at Pioneer High School on Oct. 28. The team was led by Stephanie Sullivan, a Springville Elementary School teacher and former S-GI volleyball team member.
This lady Griffs team ended up losing its only match to Orchard Park, early in the season. The girls won eight straight matches in the second half of the season, including a rematch against Orchard Park, in which S-GI won by dominating with their serves, as well as their play at the net.
The team was made up of returning eighth grade servers and hitters Sydney Freeman, Sydney Rosati, Caroline Roy, Mallory Robel, Lynea Bunnell-Cruz and Lizzie Shearer. Leading the team as eighth-grade setters were Megan Poppenberg and Corrin Sakilowski. Newcomers from the seventh grade were Morgan Christ and Meadow Wittman, as setters, and Emma Hawkes, as a server and hitter. The team was rounded out by seventh graders Sadie Olrogg, Allison Emmick, Mary DiGangi, Lauren Ditchey, Samantha Gorski, Nicole Sakilowski and Abby Stressinger.