SPRINGVILLE — The Springville-Griffith Institute junior varsity girls volleyball team is “on fire,” according to coach Robert Gainey. The ladies defeated the visiting Pioneer Panthers by a score of 2-1 on Oct. 4, avenging a 2-1 Pioneer loss, earlier in the year.
The girls started off fast, taking game one behind the play of Lexy Sopko and passing of Emily Zebrowski, leading the Griffs to a 25-18 win. In game two, the team lost 25-17. Game three was what Gainey called “a totally different story,” as the girls jumped out to an 8-0 lead, thanks to the serving of Emilie Laudenslager. The girls finished off the game winning 25-14.
The team continued its winning ways on Oct. 7, defeating the visiting Maryvale Flyers by a score of 2-1. The girls cruised in the first game behind Loudenslager and net play from Sopko, winning 25-16. The girls won a closer second game by a score of 25-20, with behind the net play from Sara Kwiatkowski and passing by Jenna Lehr.
The girls dropped the third game, but came back from a 24-15 deficit, to lose 25-23. Serving from Jess Roggie helped bring the girls back, in that game.
The team continued its streak of wins by defeating the Cheektowaga Warriors by a score of 3-0. The girls “were all over the court, during game one,” according to Gainey. The scoring was led by Kwiatkowski, who made plays at the net which the Warriors were unable to answer, leading the team to a 25-14 game one win. Game two was closer, but the girls pulled through, thanks to Sopko, Zebrowski and Loudenslager. The girls won the game 25-20, to secure the victory. The game three win of 25-23 completed the sweep.
In that contest, the girls faced a 13-point deficit, but “refused to lose, thanks to the strong serving of Jessica Roggie and solid overall play by Jenna Lehr,” according to Gainey.
The S-GI JV volleyball squad has now won eight out of its last nine matches. The girls hosted their final home match on the season, when they invited West Seneca West to the S-GI high school on Oct. 10.