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SGI Coaches Corner, Oct. 5, 2017

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VARSITY GIRLS’ VOLLEYBALL, COACH KRISTIN HUGHEY

SGI girls’ varsity volleyball team is on a hot streak!  After beating both Cheektowaga and Lake Shore at home this past week, on Saturday the Griffs came home with first place medals after sweeping the Lake Shore Invitational!

Setter Meadow Wittman had a phenomenal day at the tournament setting a 5-1 all afternoon.  The team would not have won without Sydney Rosati’s incredible defensive play!  Erika Tyler slammed a kill, scoring the match winning point in semi finals.  Morgan Crist and Mallory Robel were solid all around players with consistent serving.  Middle hitters Caroline Roy, Abby Stressinger and  Allie Emmick dominated at the net, shutting down opponents offense with their solid blocking and pounding spikes.  Devyn Rowe never left the court during the 11 game tournament!  Devyn’s defensive passing was on target all day and her hitting was unstoppable.  Mary Digangi was a critical part of the Griffs’ offense hitting strong outside. Congratulations to the entire team for an incredible week, and especially for their tournament shut-out!

The team continued their winning streak after beating Lackawanna in 3 quick sets.  Emily Ehlers killed it, hitting both outside and right side.  Her serves were unreturnable.

The girls’ hot streak continued Tuesday night as the Griffs beat Pioneer in a quick 3 game set.  Allie Emmick starred  at the middle while Morgan Christ hit hard for 5 kills. Emily Ehlers served for 7 points during the match. The girls are on the road Thursday seeking redemption against Maryvale.

JV GIRLS’ VOLLEYBALL, COACH BOB GAINEY

The JV girls volleyball team hosted the Tonawanda Warriors last Wednesday night and came away with a 3-0 victory. The team dominated the first game behind Sara Ehlers’ strong serving and Marie Emerling’s quality net play. The girls took game 1 by a score of 25-6. The team played well once again in game 2 by winning 25-14. That game saw solid court play from Marin Lehr and excellent passing by Melanie Barry. Liv Schindler was fantastic from the service line as well. The girls completed the sweep winning game 3 by a score of 25-15. That game saw excellent play from Rachel Stressinger and Jill Roggie. Both girls played extremely well to bring home the sweep.

The team hosted Lake Shore last Friday night and came away with a huge 2-1 victory. The girls flexed their muscles in game one behind the great serving skills of Elyssa Hunter. Elyssa did a great job picking apart the Eagles’ serve/receive. Sara Ehlers proved once again why she’s an excellent passer out of the back row as she easily handled whatever the visitors sent her way. Game two was much more challenging as the score ended up getting to 23-23. The girls pulled away the final two points behind a big kill from Melanie Barry and some excellent court play by Vaidah Emerling. Rachel Stressinger was rock solid from the setter spot and service line with great consistency. That game also saw Marin Lehr make incredible passes and big swings to lead the team to the overall win. The girls dropped game three, but Jill Roggie was outstanding during the game. Her sets were great and she made some big digs to help extend the point.

The girls hosted the Lackawanna Steelers on Monday night and came away with a 3-0 victory. It was a total team effort to bring home the win.

The team hosted Pioneer on Tuesday night and came away with a 3-0 win. The girls took game 1 thanks to Marie Emerling’s outstanding net and serve performance. Ivette Lewandowski was strong from the outside position as well. Elyssa Hunter was the team’s best communicator and helped guide the Griff’s to the win. The team took game 2 by a score of 25-9. That game saw Melanie Barry and Marin Lehr serve extremely well to bring home the overall win. The team took game 3 in dramatic fashion winning 25-23. Jill Roggie was awesome all over the floor and Marin Lehr stabilized the back row with some solid passes. The girls are now 12-0 and travel to Maryvale in hopes of keeping their undefeated season alive.

JV GIRLS’ SOCCER, COACH ALICIA DZIAK

The JV girls’ soccer team lost a tough 4-2 game to East Aurora last week Wednesday. The Blue Devils went up 3-0 early in the second half, but it looked like a comeback was in sight when Cora Boundy shot one in off Jackie Roggie’s assist, followed by a goal by Fran Deluca, assisted by Cora Boundy and Meg Seifried. EA scored their final goal late in the game. Despite the loss, the Lady Griffs, especially Emma Gang, put in excellent effort at midfield.

The following day, the girls had an awesome 7-1 win at home over Maryvale. Scoring for the Lady Griffs was Fran Deluca, Morgan Kotlarsz, Cora Boundy and Hannah Carrow with four. Mabel Robinson, Ava Dziak, Deanna Johnson, Emma Gang and Lily Dziak shut things down nicely at midfield, and Gracie Attebery, Lizzy Clark, Kylie Gerlach, Shay Ellis and Brenda Steiner all played solid defense. All 22 girls came together for this one and it was fun to watch.

Next up, the girls face off against Portville at home on Thursday, Oct. 5 (4:45 game time), and Pioneer at home on Saturday, Oct. 7 at 11 a.m. They end their season with a busy week next week, with games against Lake Shore on Tuesday, Oct. 10 (home), Iroquois on Thursday, Oct. 12 (home) and East Aurora on Friday, Oct. 13 (away).

JV FOOTBALL, COACH BRIAN KADER

Thursday night, the JV Football Griffins fell to Fredonia-Westfield-Brocton by a 36 – 8 final.  Despite the seemingly lopsided score, it was the Griffs best offensive showing of the season as they rolled up 296 yards which more than doubles any previous output.  Once again, the story of their undoing starts and ends with turnovers.  The Griffins turned the ball over 5 times with 4 of those coming deep in Badger territory.

The Griffins amassed 215 yards on the ground and were led by AJ Slippy who totaled 80 of those yards and the lone Griffins touchdown on the night.  Alex Elkins had his best running effort of the season with 71 yards and the two point conversion run after Slippy’s score.  Springville’s offensive line had a solid game across the board despite not having Peter Priester available due to an injury suffered the previous week.

Both Slippy and Elkins were also the Griffs leading receivers on the game as Nick Emmick had his best day passing this year as he threw for 81 yards.  Slippy caught 3 balls for 48 yards while Elkins hauled in two for 33 yards.

The final blow was delivered with the Griffins trailing 24 – 0 in the third quarter.  The Griffs drove the ball for 10 minutes only to be denied on a 4th and goal attempt from inside the Badgers 1 yard line.  The ensuing play would see the Badgers run the length of the field for a 99 yard touchdown sealing the Griffins fate.

A bright spot defensively was David Thompson who had 2 sacks and a forced fumble that was recovered by the Griffins for their only takeaway of the game.

Springville will play their home finale on Thursday against Pioneer at 6:30 p.m. before going on the road for their final two contests.

GIRLS’ SWIMMING AND DIVING, COACH KAREN REYNOLDS

The girls swimming and diving team accomplished their team goal….They beat Eden Friday night 103-83!  This makes the girls 5-0 in their league and 6-0 overall!  Overall, the team had 30 seasonal improvements.  The relay teams of Elle Holland, Carley Delaney, Lexi Blesy, Allie Lavanture took a strong 1st place finish capturing 8 points and the other lane of Sadie Olrogg, Lauren Ditchey, Sydney Emley, and Hannah Bergner took a 3rd place finish  for 2 points.  Attacking Eden with a 10-4 lead after the first event, the lady Griffs never backed down the entire meet!  Galvin took a strong 1st place finish in the 200 free and Emily Schlemmer took a 5th place and dropped over a second.  Lauren Ditchey took a strong 1st place finish in the 200 IM and Sydney Emley took a 2nd droppeing 3.7 seconds along with Katie Schlememr taking a 5th place.  50 Free was represented by Elle Holland taking a 2nd place finish, Allie Lavanture a 3rd, and Hannah Bergner taking a 5th.  Alyssa Greaves, Shannon O’Hara, and Samantha Zifra took 2nd, 3rd, 4th consecutively in diving.  Sydney Emley dropped almost 4 seconds in her 100 fly to capture a strong 2nd place while Lexi Blesy was right behind her with a 3rd and Katie Schlemmer with a 5th.  Elle Holland dominated the 100 free taking 1st place and Hannah Bergner dropped 2.2 seconds to capture the team a 3rd and Abby Moscato got a sectional time and a 5th place finish.  McKenzie Galvin got her seasonal best 500 time taking 1st and Emily Schlemmer dropped 11 seconds to take a 4th in the 500.  Sadie Olrogg dropped another second in her 100 back taking 2nd for the team and Allie Lavanture and Samantha Yetter both score for the Griffs too.  In Breaststroke, Carley Delaney, Lauren Ditchey, and Olivia Langa took a 1st, 2nd, and 5th and at that point we knew that the Win was ours.  Congratulations to this team!  They are an outstanding group of young ladies always showing the utmost class and sportsmanship a coach could ask for!  They rose to the challenge of a strong Eden squad and we are just so thrilled to have accomplished our team goal.  There is still more season left as we face Maryvale at home Tuesday and travel to Holland Friday.

VARSITY CROSS COUNTRY, COACH CHAD RUSSELL

This week, at Evangola State Park, the Girls and Guys Cross Country Team competed against Lake Shore.  Both teams came away with victories and the girls remain unbeaten in their division.

The girls’ team was led by Elle Russell and Sonya Krezmien, who finished 1st overall and 3rd.  Close behind were Hannah Goetz, Lizzy Miranda and Corrin Sacilowski.  Evelyn Smith, Gwen Fruehauf and Jaime Dickinson raced well to help the girls’ team defeat Lake Shore by the score of 26-32(low score wins).

The guys’ team tight pack of runners was very fast and defeated a strong Lake Shore guys program.  Nick Abdo, Mikey Evans, Brett Russell and Zack Peterman all finished in that pack.  Nathan Myers, Austin Yetter and Casey Waterman ran tough and aided the Griffs in their victory with a score of 27-30.

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