By John Anderson, Photos by Chris Brooks, 10/22/21
The Wellsville girls’ volleyball team has wrapped up a second-straight undefeated regular season with a home win over Houghton and sweep on the road of Hinsdale this week.
The team has a 14-0 record plus several tournament wins this season. The No. 2 seed is LeRoy at 17-1, No. 3 is Attica at 14-2, World of Sciences Charter is 14-3 and Mynderse is 13-4.
Wellsville could be hosting the winner of Midlakes (13-6) and Avon (5-14) on Oct. 29 with the semi finals on Nov. 2 and the finals on Nov. 5.
During the win over Hinsdale, the team was led by Jaelyn Knapp (with four kills and four aces), while fellow seniors Brooklyn Stisser (2 aces) and Marley Adams (3 aces) also had four kills and senior Kaylee Coleman served three aces and had three kills. Setter Maddy Parks had 12 assists, setter Macey Wyant had six assists and also served five aces.
The Lions will host Spencer Van Etten/Candor on Saturday at 3 p.m. and before the game it will be senior recognition day.
A COVID tracing issue caused the team to notify two opponents, Canisteo-Greenwood and Finney, they could not play. However, thanks to the school hosting a drive-up Covid testing clinic, the team had all negative cases and will play Saturday, nine days after they had canceled games.
The tough part was finding an opponent, and Spencer Van Etten/Candor is not only undefeated and ranked No. 2 in the state, they have scored 248 points and given up just six. The Lions are likely to be on the road for sectionals next week. Before the COVID issues, the team was sitting in a good No. 3 spot.
In boys soccer, Wellsville’s season ended in sectionals with a tough 3-1 loss to No. 7 seed North Rose-Wolcott.
Tyler Vogel gave Wellsville (5-11-1) a 1-0 lead, but NR-W scored the final three goals of the game. Logan Dunbar had five saves.
The seniors for Wellsville were Matt Bittel, Dillon Day and Keaton Sharpe.
Wellsville ended the season in sectionals with a 4-1 loss to Livonia, the No. 8 seed.
Wellsville, the No. 9 seed at 4-13, had a goal from Jaylynn Mess.
The graduating seniors for Wellsville are Emily Costello, Jaylynn Mess, Vena O’Dell, Kylie Fanton-Acker, Anya Jeffers, Kaitlin Osgood, Alyssa Crooks and Pearl Brizzee.
One other area football team is having success as well as Bolivar-Richburg is 5-2. The B-R team lost 14-13 to Oakfield-Alabama/Elba last week. However, OAE is undefeated and the favorites to win sectionals.
B-R has earned the respect of Section V and are favorites to reach the finals. Coaches in Class D have been impressed with Trent Sibble, who picked up his second Section V Defensive Player of the Week award and is now in the running for defensive player of the year.
B-R has a tough task and statement game tonight against defending champion Avon in Avon at 7 p.m. OAE defeated Avon, 24-7 this season.