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Wayne Post
  • Victor boys volleyball defeats North Rose-Wolcott in state qualifier

  • The Blue Devils will represent Section 5 in the state playoffs.
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  • The Victor boys volleyball team will once again represent Section 5 in the New York State Public High School Athletic Association's Division 2 playoffs. The Blue Devils defeated North Rose-Wolcott 3-0 in the state qualifier at Webster Schroeder High School on Thursday.
    The game scores were 25-12, 25-8 and 25-20.
    "With it being the first time I'm going to regionals, I'm pretty pumped about it," Victor senior Tim Jackson said.
    Kyle Donohoe led Victor with nine kills, teammate Collin Mahan added five kills and six aces, and Jackson recorded four kills and four blocks.
    The Blue Devils, the Section 5 Class BB champion, started off strong and opened up a 10-1 lead. Victor extended its lead to 20-7 and finished off the game.
    In the second game, Victor went up 15-6 and later won five straight points to get to 23-6.
    "I thought we just carried our momentum from yesterday," Martin said. "It's hard to play back to back, but I thought the kids fought hard in the game."
    The Cougars, the Section 5 Class B champion, showed some fight in the third game. North Rose-Wolcott held a narrow lead until Victor tied it at 14. The Blue Devils took the lead and held on until senior Brannan Perdicho finished off the match with a kill.
    Martin was happy to see his substitute players get into the match. The players also enjoyed seeing everyone get involved.
    "It gets everyone excited," Jackson said. "Everyone gets playing time and everyone gets happy when they're on the bench. Everybody gets in and gets to have fun."
    Victor (15-4) faces the Section 6 champion Hamburg at 2 p.m. Saturday at Midlakes High School. Martin is friends with Hamburg's coach Brian Carroll, and the Blue Devils coach is excited to face him in a big game.
    Garrett Hoyt led the Cougars with 11 kills, Luke Gerstner added 13 assists, and Tom Sykes chipped in four kills and two aces.
    North Rose-Wolcott finishes the season with an 11-7 record. Cougars coach Brad Lehman said he liked that his team came back to fight hard in the third game.
    "I'm losing four seniors that have been part of the volleyball program for six years, they were good leaders," Lehman said. "I have four sophomores coming back, a junior and a freshman. Being here gives them the experience of knowing what it's like at a championship level."
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