Westhill volleyball advances; WG drops sectional final

Warriors beat Starpoint; Wildcats run into mighty B'ville

It all turned out well for the Martin family.

True, the West Genesee girls volleyball team that Clark Martin coaches lost its Section III Class AA final to Baldwinsville Wednesday night at Cicero-North Syracuse's gym.

But Martin's daughter, Delaney, was leading Westhill past Starpoint in the opening round of the Class B state playoffs at Sweet Home High School in suburban Buffalo.

There was little time for Westhill to celebrate its first-ever sectional Class B title, earned Monday night against Phoenix. Just two nights later, it was on the road, playing the Section VI champions, Starpoint, who was also in its first state tournament appearance.

Both of the first two sets were tight and dramatic. Starpoint fended off three set points in the opener before Westhill prevailed 27-25, and the second set followed a similar pattern, though it was the Spartans prevailing 26-24 to even the match.

Breaking out of that pattern, Westhill won the third set by a convincing 25-15 margin, and then led by as many as seven points in the fourth set before Starpoint rallied to tie it, 24-24. But Westhill won back the serve and put away match point to clinch it, 26-24.

Annaleigh Gedney put together 36 assists, plus five kills, three aces and 11 digs. Up front, Martin had 15 kills and seven digs, while Bella Sterly managed nine kills and Xionara Rodriguez managed eight kills and 13 digs. Melissa Newcomb also had three kills as Maggie Liberati added five aces and six digs.

While that was going on, Clark Martin was sending his West Genesee charges against B'ville, the area's reigning dynasty.

And though the Bees, as expected, prevailed in three sets, WG showed all of the character traits – hustle, spirit, determination – that had brought the team this far.

“This team never quits,” said Martin. “They’re aggressive, and they play with heart.”

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