A third-set victory briefly staved off elimination, but Alden proved to be too much for the Springville-Griffith Institute girls volleyball team to continue its season.

Still the Griffins finished their season on a high note with a hard-fought loss to Alden, 25-17, 25-18, 22-25, 25-11 on Thursday in the Section 6 Class B2 finals at Daemen College. SGI finishes the season 23-8.

Griffins coach Carolyn Bell noted Alden’s tough serving game and strong outside attack.

“I could not be more proud of the dedication, hard work, and overall heart these group of girls had this entire season,” Bell said. “I have never coached a team before where all players were contributors on the court.  As my first season with this program,  I could not have been happier with the final day’s play.  The girls were fighters and even more important, great teammates.”

Seniors Allie Emmick and Mary DiGangi led the team with six kills each, while Emmick also had 3 solo blocks against Alden’s outside attack.  Offensively, senior Meadow Wittman led the way with six kills, 21 set assists, 18 digs and owned a team-high of six service aces. Devyn Rowe was the defensive leader with 22 digs.

For Alden, Emma Wlostowski had 10 kills and 10 digs while Emma Dievel marked two kills, one block and three aces.

Alden would go on to defeat Olean for the overall Class B title and advance to the state Far West Regional.