| Thursday, October 25, 2018 | BataviasBest.org
The Section V Girls Volleyball Playoffs began yesterday as 13 local teams kicked off their 2018 postseason journey. Here is a brief preview of what to expect the next few weeks:
#9 Batavia is the lone team in Class B, and won their pre-quarterfinal matchup with East in order to set up a winnable quarterfinal matchup with #1 Monroe tomorrow night. If the Blue Devils are to win against the Red Jackets, I expect they’ll meet #4 Honeoye Falls-Lima in the semis – a team which Batavia has gone back and forth with in recent seasons.
Ryann Stefaniak and Courtnee Yasses have propelled the Blue Devils’ efforts this year.
#1 Le Roy is the leader of the pack, as they, and #3 Attica are the two locals working towards a title in Class C1. I expect both the Knights, and the Blue Devils to make the semifinal round.
Numerous talented athletes have led Le Roy this year, including Riley Pasquale – who set a new school record for digs earlier this year. Abbie Woodworth, Sophia Jermy, Hailey Johnson, Olivia Johnson, Lizzie Williams, and Erika Rauscher are among those that have aided the Knights’ efforts.
Attica is powered by a long list of athlete as well, including Randsley Berry, Mary Weber, Claudia Hardie, Aubrey Santoro, and Taylor Gadd to name a few.
#7 Holley, the only team within our coverage which falls within Class C2, will play their pre-quarterfinal match vs #10 Williamson tonight. The Hawks enter with hopes of advancing to the quarterfinal round where #2 Warsaw awaits them.
Nicole Mrzywka, Jade Hoffarth, and AJ Botello have been the top-performers for the Hawks this year.
Class D1 is packed with local teams, as #3 Byron-Bergen, #6 Pembroke, #7 Alexander, and #11 Oakfield/Elba all have a chance to advance to the semifinal round. With that being said, the Bees undoubtedly are the best team of the group – as their seed clearly shows – and I expect them to advance all the way to the final.
The Bees have been propelled throughout the year by Madison Farnsworth, while Janae Meister, Lexi Vurraro, Abby Vurraro, Hannah VanSkiver, and Hannah Catalino have all taken turns putting forth strong efforts.
Pembroke has a number of contributors, including Amanda Knauss, Mackenzie Jurek, Dekari Moss, and Katelyn Curtis.
Kennedy O’Neill, Carson Marzolf, Emily Balduf, Kiersten Pryzbylski, and Riley & Mya Merle are what make Alexander’s engine run as they look to advance tonight.
Finally, Oakfield/Elba is powered by Brianna Smith, who also has a capable supporting cast surrounding her.
Class D2 also has a list of teams who fall within our coverage area, with #4 Cal-Mum, #7 Lyndonville, #8 Pavilion, and #12 Wheatland-Chili all opening sectional play this week. Cal-Mum has a bye to the quarterfinal round, where I believe they’ll dispatch either #5 Clyde-Savannah, or #12 Wheatland-Chili.
Cal-Mum’s top-players this season have been Katie Harmon, Mackenzie Stetzenmeyer, and Amber Pike.
Finally, the lone local team within Class D3 is #2 Notre Dame, who awaits the winner of #7 Houghton Academy, and #10 Arkport-Canaseraga in the quarterfinal round. The Irish should find their way out of their side of the bracket, and into the sectional final.
Clara Misiak, Stevie Wilcox, Jewel Shenck, Alexis Danosos and Adryona Miller will propel the Irish during the postseason.
Stay tuned for stats and scores throughout the postseason.