Teams pile up success in sectionals - Catholic Courier

Teams pile up success in sectionals

Led by a Section 5 title for Nazareth Academy and a cochampionship for Aquinas Institute, numerous volleyball and soccer teams from Catholic high schools in the diocese enjoyed playoff success this fall.

Nazareth Academy girls’ volleyball earned the Section 5 Class C title with a 25-21, 25-16, 25-14 win over Avon in the title match on Nov. 3. The Lasers, seeded No. 2, swept the top-seeded Braves thanks to 28 assists from Tricia Duford, the tournament Most Valuable Player, and 13 kills and two blocks from Nicole Jones. Nazareth had gained entry into the final by winning 25-17, 25-4, 25-21 over No. 7 Letchworth in quarterfinal play on Oct. 26, and 23-25, 25-18, 25-13, 25-12 over No. 3 Honeoye in a semifinal match on Oct. 30.

Nazareth followed up its sectional win with a 26-28, 25-23, 25-27, 25-23, 25-19 thriller over Byron-Bergen in Class C state regional play on Nov. 6, as Duford had 51 assists and Jones contributed 15 kills and nine blocks. Nazareth’s season came to a close with a 25-13, 25-14, 25-22 loss to Eden of Section 6 in the state quarterfinals on Nov. 10. The Lasers’ final record was 14-3.

Aquinas girls’ soccer earned the Section 5 Class AA cochampionship by playing Greece Arcadia to a 1-1 tie in the title game on Nov. 3. AQ’s Olivia Guy scored with just under five minutes remaining in regulation to send the game into overtime, during which neither team scored. Top-seeded Aquinas then lost 4-2 to No. 2 Arcadia in a penalty-kick round to determine which team would advance to state play.

Aquinas had cruised into the final with a 3-0 win over No. 9 Greece Olympia in a quarterfinal game on Oct. 27, followed by a 4-0 win over No. 4 Greece Athena in semifinal play on Oct. 31. AQ posted an outstanding 19-1-1 record for the season, and has now won or shared 11 sectional titles over the last 12 years. The Little Irish were the defending state champions.

Aquinas boys’ soccer advanced to the Section 5 Class A final before losing 4-3 to Pittsford Sutherland on Nov. 6. Aquinas, seeded third, trailed 4-1 to top-seeded Sutherland before getting second-half goals from Adam Rutz and Krystian Witkowski to fall just short.

AQ had reached the final by winning 6-1 over No. 6 East Irondequoit Eastridge on Oct. 29 and 1-0 over No. 2 Honeoye Falls-Lima in the semifinal on Nov. 1 as Witkowski scored on a first-half penalty kick. The Little Irish finished with a record of 14-5-2. Like their female counterparts, the boys’ team was coming off a state-championship season.

McQuaid Jesuit boys’ soccer made the Section 5 Class AA final before losing to Webster Thomas, 3-2, in the title game on Nov. 2. The Knights could not recover from an early 2-0 deficit despite goals by Max Eberhardt and Conor O’Leary.

McQuaid was the top seed and Webster Thomas was No. 2. The Knights had gotten to the final by winning 6-1 over No. 8 Greece Arcadia on Oct. 25 behind four goals from Stephen Baker, and 4-0 over No. 4 Greece Athena in the Oct. 29 semifinal play. McQuaid finished with an 18-2-1 record.

Bishop Kearney girls’ soccer advanced to the championship game in Section 5 Class CC before losing 4-0 to Caledonia-Mumford on Nov. 2. BK came in as the No. 4 seed, and Cal-Mum was seeded third.

The Kings had gained entrance into the final with a 2-1 semifinal win in sudden-death overtime over No. 1 Alexander on Oct. 30 as Samantha Norton scored the tying goal with just under a minute remaining and Therese Hubbell netted the game-winner with four minutes left in sudden death. That victory was preceded by a 4-1 prequarterfinal win over No. 13 Oakfield-Alabama on Oct. 23 and a 4-2 quarterfinal victory in overtime over No. 5 Addison on Oct. 26. Kearney’s final record was 15-6-1.

Our Lady of Mercy girls’ volleyball reached the Section 5 Class A final as the No. 3 seed before losing to Victor, the undefeated top seed, by scores of 25-16, 25-19 and 25-16 in the Nov. 3 championship match.

The Monarchs had reached the final by winning 25-9, 25-7, 25-8 over No. 6 Monroe in Oct. 26 quarterfinal play, and 25-16, 25-18, 18-25, 25-21 over No. 2 Pittsford Sutherland in the semifinal on Nov. 1. Mercy finished with an 18-5 mark.

In other sports highlights, the combination of Taryn Lindquist and Andrea Remec earned the Section 4 Class B doubles championship for Elmira Notre Dame girls’ tennis. Lindquist, a senior, and Remec, a junior, rallied to defeat Maine-Endwell’s Vanessa Suwak and Sarah Stalker, 0-6, 7-5, 6-3, in the final on Oct. 13.

Bishop Kearney cheerleading won the Section 5 Class C fall title on Oct. 28, while Aquinas Institute placed second in Class A.

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