SPRINGVILLE — The Springville-Griffith Institute girls modified volleyball team started its season on Sept. 19, managing one win in a five-game set at home against Lake Shore.
Springville took the third game, but lost close contests in the first game by 20 – 18 and fifth by 20 – 16, while encountering what Coach Stephanie Sullivan termed “blowouts” in games two and four. “It was a tough loss against Lake Shore,” she said. “The girls communicated, hustled and played with a lot of heart.
“Megan Poppenberg and Caroline Roy had a great game setting, while Alexia Sopko and Sara Zimmer played hard at the net,” the coach added. “Sydney Rosati and Lexi Shaffer hustled and played great defense, while Sydney Freeman, Elizabeth Shearer and Corrin Sacilowski kept us in the game with their serving.”
The girls were on the road on Sept. 21, taking on Frontier and looking to even their record. Although the Lady Griffs pulled out 2 wins this time instead of one, that score was not enough in a five-game set and Frontier took the match by a 3 – 2 count. Frontier is a Division A school.
“We worked hard, communicated and had a great game, but just came up short,” Sullivan said. “I was proud of the girls for their hard work!”
The modified volleyball team was back on the court on Sept. 25, for the second stop on a four-game road trip and five away games in a six-game stretch. The opponent on this occasion was Pioneer. The girls closed out the week’s schedule in Orchard Park on Sept. 27. Their next game will take place on Monday, Oct. 1 in Hamburg at 4 p.m.