By Indrek Kongats
On Saturday, Oct. 8, Ellicottville Central School’s JV and Varsity Girls Volleyball teams competed at the massive 16-team tournament, dubbed the “Volleybash” at St. Bonaventure University.
Over 160 competitors, representing eight schools from Cattaraugus and Chautauqua counties showed off their skills in some of the finest high school women’s volleyball action ever seen in the Southern Tier. The host team Olean High School ended up defeating Allegany-Limestone in two sets for the Varsity title, but not after narrowly advancing past the Lady Eagles from Ellicottville.
Olean and Ellicottville actually split their games against each other, but because of the round robin format, the margin of victory became the deciding factor on who would make the playoffs. Ellicottville lost out by only one point.
Unfortunately, Lady Eagle Alissa Gregory sprained her ankle on a dig their previous game against Forestville and was sidelined for the rest of the tournament. With all of their big guns healthy, the Varsity girls would have done much better than what their third place in their pool indicated.
Not the case for the JV girls! The JV squad, with great team play, advanced to the championship game. The JV Eagles beat Olean (OHS), Cattaraugus-Little Valley (CLV) and Forestville, claiming first place in their pool. The way the tournament was set up, only the first and second place teams in their respective pools advanced to the playoffs. Two pools of four teams in both Varsity/JV consisted of ECS, OHS, CLV and Forestville in Pool A/C and Allegany Limestone, Cassadaga Valley, Salamanca and Chautauqua Lake in pool B/D.
Chautauqua Lake ended up winning pool D with a perfect record. In the semis, it was Ellicottville playing second-place Cassadaga Valley, and Chautauqua against CLV. Ellicottville split with Cassadaga Valley, but won the tie breaker 15 -13 in a very exciting battle of two very evenly matched teams.
Chautauqua, on the other hand, made short work of CLV, winning in two straight sets, advancing, along with the Lady Eagles, to the championship game.
The Thunderbirds main-tained their winning ways and beat the Eagles in two straight, 25-17 and 25-13 to win the JV title. Still, the Lady Eagles were proud of their second place finish, knowing that they bested six very good teams, four of which had fallen prey to their excellent play along the way.
Complete JV Scores:
Game 1 – Ellicottville 23 – Cattaraugus Little Valley 25
Game 2 – Ellicottville 25 – Cattaraugus Little Valley 19
Game 3 – Ellicottville 25 – Forestville 15
Game 4 – Ellicottville 25 – Forestville 20
Game 5 – Ellicottville 23 – Olean 25
Game 6 – Ellicottville 25 – Olean 19
Game 7 Semi Final – Ellicottville 25 – Cassadaga Valley 17
Game 8 Semi Final – Ellicottville 12 – Cassadaga Valley 25
Game 9 Semi Final Tie Breaker – Ellicottville 15 – Cassadaga Valley 13
Game 10 Championship – Ellicottville 17 – Chautauqua Lake 25
Game 11 Championship – Ellicottville 13 – Chautauqua Lake 25
Complete Varsity Scores:
Game 1 Ellicottville 25 – Cattaraugus-Little Valley 21
Game 2 Ellicottville 17 – Cattaraugus Little Valley 25
Game 3 Ellicottville 19 – Forestville 25
Game 4 Ellicottville 25 – Forestville 21
Game 5 Ellicottville 17 – Olean 25
Game 6 Ellicottville 25 – Olean 18