Forestville hands Ellicottville first East II loss of season

FORESTVILLE – The Forestville Lady Hornets handed the Ellicottville Lady Eagles their first league loss of the season in a five-set thriller Wednesday in CCAA East II girls high school volleyball.

The scores read 25-23, 23-25, 23-25, 25-15, 25-23.

“This is our sixth or seventh five-game match this season,” Forestville coach Jack Dugan said. “It’s a good thing we are conditioned. It’s nice to beat a team who hasn’t had league loss yet. They played inspired. It was fun to be a part of.”

Forestville was in trouble in the fifth game as it trailed 9-1 early on. However, the Lady Hornets rallied and took a 13-11 lead. Near the end, the home team was up 24-21, before the Lady Eagles scored two points to trail 24-23. Forestville’s Lizzy Gilman put the game away with a tip for the game-winner.

“We practiced on covering the ball defensively for a long time (Tuesday),” Dugan said. “Those things we did in practice showed up in the game. Our feet were quicker. We covered the floor well. We were smarter in crunch time.”

Alisha Szumigala led Forestville with nine kills, 10 blocks and two aces while Baylee Gloss charted 12 digs and six aces. Gilman earned 11 kills and four blocks, and Amanda Weaver added 15 assists, two blocks and two aces for the winners. Sierra Tweedie had six kills, eight digs and three aces in the win.

For Ellicottville, Courtney Scanlon had 38 kills, four blocks, 14 digs and four aces while Marissa Hamilton had two kills, 42 assists, one block, nine digs and three aces in defeat. Kayla Dunkleman charted nine kills, 20 digs and three aces for the Lady Eagles.

Gowanda 25 21 15 22

Silver Creek 21 25 25 25

GOWANDA – MariKate Gallivan’s 13 digs lifted the Silver Creek Black Knights (10-6, 5-5) past Gowanda (1-13, 0-10), 21-25, 25-21, 25-15, 25-22.

Jordan Brooks added 11 kills and five blocks while Allison Harford charted eight kills and 10 digs for the winners.

The Lady Panthers’ Da:’ Di’ Jones finished with six kills and 10 assists while Kelsey Eddy had four kills in defeat.