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S-GI girls JV volleyball team reels off six straight wins

SPRINGVILLE — Coming off its first sweep of the season in a set against Cheektowaga on Sept. 17, Springville-Griffith Institute’s girls junior varsity volleyball team hosted Cleveland Hill on Sept. 19, looking to extend its winning streak and improve on its 4 – 1 record.

The first game saw the teams tied at 13, before the Springville girls pulled away. “The ladies got things going with their amazing net play led by Jenna Schunke, Leah Ratterman, Jess Weide and Kayla Kessler,” Coach Bob Ganiey said. Springville went up 1 – 0 after a 12 – 2 run gave the Lady Griffs a 25 – 15 win.

During the next game, Emily Laudenslager’s serving contributed to another win, as Laudenslager earned 14 straight points en route to a victory in both the game and the match. The final score of that game was 25 – 12.

Gainey credited “improved play” on the parts of Sara Kwaitkowski, Autumn Mangano and Caroline Lerczak. The girls took the 3 – 0 victory after clinching the third and final game by a 25 – 17 count.

Springville was on the road against Mount Mercy the next day, rattling off another 3 – 0 sweep, leading Gainey to say, “The team is officially on a roll!

The girls won game one 25 – 16. That score was followed up by a 25 – 15 win, which Gainey said was highlighted by Meg Hanrahan’s passing. The girls’ third straight sweep was completed with a 15 – 8 win in the third game, “thanks to the steady serving of Caelynn Jaehn,” according to the coach.

The Lady Griffins played again on Sept. 21, on the road again, this time against Depew. That evening, Springville failed to earn the sweep, but it brought home its fifth straight win, taking the match by a 2 – 1 score.

“The first game saw Weide place the ball in the middle of the court for multiple winners,” Gainey said. During the second game, the Lady Griffs were down 23 – 20, before they rallied, with 5 unanswered points, to win 25 – 23. “Schunke, Ratterman and Weide stepped up and played extraordinarily well on all parts of the court,” Gainey said.

The girls continued their roll on Sept. 25, winning in another 3 – 0 sweep against East Aurora. “The ladies dominated the first game,” Gainey said, of his team’s 25 – 13 win.

During the second game, the score was 12 – 12 when Jaehn “took control of the net and made a number of quality swings,” according to her coach. The Lady Griffins won 25 – 14, to go up 2 – 0 in the match.

“In game three, the girls finished the sweep behind the rocket serves of Sarah Kwiatkowski, giving the team the big 25 – 16 win,” Gainey said.

Springville, which is now 9 – 1, traveled to Pioneer on Sept. 26 – the first game of a home-and-home, as Pioneer visited Springville the following day. The play again Wednesday, Oct. 3 at home against Amherst at 5 p.m. at Springville High School.
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