Perhaps it was the little bit of momentum it had garnered toward the end of last year.
In a 6-13 campaign, the Allegany-Limestone volleyball team won its final two regular-season matches before bowing Gowanda, in four sets, in the Section 6 Class C-2 playoffs.
Maybe it was the energy that can accompany a season-opener.
Whatever the driving force might have been, the Gators got off to a great start this fall, picking up a 3-0 sweep of Ellicottville in a CCAA East matchup Tuesday. Cameron Riordan was at the forefront of victory, totaling 17 assists, four kills and six aces in the 25-12-25-20, 25-7 triumph.
“A-L played well,” Ellicottville coach Katie Auge said. “It was their first game and they came out and played hard. We had a real slow start, we picked it up in the second set and then we had an injury that forced us to change up the rotation, so Game 3 was tougher for us to get it together.”
Maura Vossler added eight kills and three aces while Chloee LaCroix had six digs and provided “great passing and great defense,” according to Gators coach Terra LaCroix. Makenna Smith notched five aces and seven digs while Cyrene Moore and Allison Rowland added six and four kills, respectively, for the Eagles (1-2, 0-1).
Ellicottville won the first two games Thursday, Sept. 5, but couldn’t hold on to defeat the defending sectional champions and Class D state finalists from Panama.
Panama rallied to win, 25-27, 22-25, 25-12, 25-18, 25-11.
For the Panthers (3-0), Kylie Schnars had 22 kills and six blocks and Natalie Angeletti marked 17 kills, four blocks and six digs. Maddie Johnson added 39 assists, two aces and 10 digs while Ashlyn Harvey had an assist, nine kills and two blocks.
Cyrene Moore led Ellicottville (1-1) with 15 kills and four blocks while Makenna Smith h 21 assists. Heli Kongats had eight kills and six blocks and Allison Rowland had four kills and 17 digs for the Eagles.
“The first two games we covered that floor and were aggressive and communicated and made it hard for them to score,” ECS coach Katie Auge said. “Our movement was incredible. Then I think fatigue was a little bit of a factor in the third game and we started to unravel and we couldn’t get it back together.”