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By CHRIS BROOKS, managing editor, wellsvillesports.com

ARKPORT — The Lions of Wellsville had to work the hardest they have worked all season to earn their fair share of points, as they opened their County postseason journey for local volleyball supremacy with a trip to Arkport/Canaseraga on Tuesday.

Not only did the host Wolves apply all the pressure in the world against the Lions, but they went forth to do it on three different occasions. All of which, were resiliently countered — in extra serves, as the visitors outlasted their opposition each time to string together the grittiest of wins over the road, taking the 26-24, 17-25, 26-24, 26-24 decision to claim a spot in this weekend’s Semifinal round.

Xavier Scott was one of Wellsville’s (8-7) main driving forces on the attack throughout the night, as he posted 16 team-high kills to pair with four aces, three digs and two assists. Brody Heaney followed suit with five more kills, coupling them with three additional digs, two aces and a helper, while setter Gavan Dickerson dished out 18 assists, adding them with three kills, three digs and two aces from the back line.

The Lions are now into the County Semifinal round, which begins on Friday with a 6 p.m. first serve slated against either No. 8 Friendship/Scio or No. 1 Cuba-Rushford.

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No. 3 Bolivar-Richburg 3, No. 6 Genesee Valley/Belfast 0

RICHBURG — Joining Wellsville in the Semifinal round are the Wolverines of Bolivar-Richburg, who warded off two close pushes by visiting Genesee Valley/Belfast in the first two sets, laying claim to a dominant finish to record a straight-set, 25-19, 25-21, 25-14 victory on Tuesday in Richburg.

Jaeger Turybury paved the way for the Bolivar-Richburg (10-5) offense with five kills, three blocks and two aces. Hunter Walp was right behind him with five kills of his own, pairing them with three aces and two blocks, while Ian Unfus handed out five helpers to couple with five blocks, four aces and three more kills on the attack.

Genesee Valley/Belfast was led by Canaan Sullivan on the offensive with a game-high 14 kills. Zach Bourne furthered the offensive cause with five more kills of his own to pair with two blocks on the front line, while setter Dominic Marra handed out 24 helpers. As for the team, their 2022-23 regular season has come to a close, as they wrap up with a record of 5-10 overall.

The Wolverines will now get set to face either No. 7 Fillmore or No. 2 Allegany-Limestone in the Semifinal round, Friday night at 6 p.m.

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