Red Raiders need all five games to win playoff opener, which kickss off our weekly recap of local sports
Winning in the postseason is fun, no doubt about it.
But there's something even sweeter when you have to work even harder. That's what the Palmyra-Macedon girls volleyball team did on Thursday night, taking the scenic route to a 3-2 win over Batavia in the Section V Class B Tournament opener for both.
The No. 8 Red Raiders won by scores of 25-23, 22-25, 25-22, 16-25 and then clinched the match with a 26-24 win after rallying from an 18-13 score. The win pushes the Red Raiders into Saturday's quarterfinals against No. 1 Wayne, at Wayne. That quarterfinal match will be played too late to be included in this edition.
On Thursday, Brandy Morrison had 13 kills and 15 digs for the Red Raiders and Isabelle Brewer had 13 kills nad 40 digs. Kierstin Hammond had 30 digs.
For Batavia, Taylor Stefaniak had 18 kills, 30 digs and 6 aces.
Also in Class B, Wayne advanced with a win over Greece Olympia and No. 11 Newark beat No. 6 School of the Arts to advance to Saturday's quarterfinals against No. 3 Penn Yan.
In Class C, No. 2 Gananda played No. 10 Addison in a quarterfinal on Friday and No. 6 Sodus was at No. 3 Dansville on Friday after opening withi a win over No. 11 Holley.
Section V tournaments
Bishop Kearney 4, Red Creek 0
TJ Tytler, Fernando Furioso, Evan Stevely and Jordan Freed scored the goals for the Kings.
Williamson 3, Holley 0
The Marauders advanced to Saturday's final, where they will play Byron-Bergen/Elba at Geneseo High School at 3:30 p.m.
Byron-Bergen/Elba 1, Sodus 0
Kylar Chambry scored in the second half for B-B/Elba, with the assist to Wade Thompson.
Greece Odyssey 3, Palmyra-Macedon 2
Kent Johnson scored two goals and Mason Walker also scored for the Leopards.
The Red Raiders end their season with a record of 14-4-1.
Pittsford Sutherland 2, Wayne 0
John Mozrall and Will Graupman scored the goals for Sutherland.
Section V tournaments
Class A semifinals
Spencerport 5, Wayne 0
The season came to an end for the Eagles against the Rangers, the defending Class A state champion.
Class C2 semifinals
Marion 5, Caledonia-Mumford 1
Chloe DeLyser scored three goals for the Black Knights and Emily Brown made eight saves.
Abigail DeFisher and Jackie DeMarco also scored for Marion.
Class B1 semifinals
Aquinas 4, Palmyra-Macedon 0
Alana Piano scored two goals, both assisted by Chanel Alexander, and Ashley Plane and Mary Genrich also scored for Aquinas.
Felicity Brockhuizen made 12 saves for Pal-Mac.
Class C1 semifinals
Williamson 1, Canisteo 0
Kayla Brennan made 10 saves for the Marauders.
The Wayne Eagles won the Finger Lakes East league title for the third straight season. Chloe Jurscak (first team) and Tyra Bushart (second team) were named exceptional seniors from the competition at Palmyra-Macedon.
Palmyra-Macedon finished second in the East, followed by Newark, Geneva, Midlakes and Penn Yan.
In the West, Red Jacket was the winner, followed by Lyons, Marcus Whitman, Clyde-Savannah and Tri-Town.
Finger Lakes All-Stars
Morgan Nogle (Tri-Town), Alexandra Lainhart (Clyde-Savannah), Natalie Ayers (Marcus Whitman), Mikayla Lamoy (Lyons), Megan Griffin (Penn Yan), Lindsay Hurlbut (Pal-Mac, Chloe Jurcsak (Wayne), Alexis Russ (Geneva), Haley Stanton (East Rochester), Annalee Brown (Newark), Savannah Darling (Midlakes)
Ally Rought (Tri-Town), Miranda Snyder (Clyde-Savannah), Anessa Layton (Marcus Whitman), Kaitlynne Zeno (Penn Yan), Jilly Arrington (Pal-Mac), Tyra Bushart (Wayne), I’mani Bryant (Geneva), Mayah Smith (East Rochester), Audrey Smith (Newark), Anna Fitzsimmons (Midlakes)