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2017-10-12 / Sports

Lady Lancers volleyball undefeated in league play

TAYLOR NIGRELLI
Sports Reporter


Jasmine Brundage of St. Mary’s defends a serve in the Lady Lancers’ three-set win over Mount St. Mary Thursday. 
Photo by Jake FrenchPurchase color photos at www.BeeNews.com Jasmine Brundage of St. Mary’s defends a serve in the Lady Lancers’ three-set win over Mount St. Mary Thursday. Photo by Jake FrenchPurchase color photos at www.BeeNews.com It’s been another year of dominance for St. Mary’s girls volleyball. The Lady Lancers are off to an 8-0 start in league play and have yet to lose a single match to a team from New York State. This is despite the fact that the team lost a solid chunk of starters from last year’s squad. It’s business as usual for this program.

“We’re 28-5 right now. I don’t think we’ve lost to a New York State Team yet,” St. Mary’s coach Don Pieczynski said. “We’re looking to keep that streak going. We lost to some Pennsylvania teams and some New Jersey teams, but we’re trying to win out now.”

The Lady Lancers rolled to two more league wins last week, topping Mount St. Mary and Nardin in three sets each.

“I just thought we executed to our potential,” Pieczynski said. “Our ball control was steady. We’re looking to win out the league.”

The team travelled to Corry, Pennsylvania for a tournament Saturday. They ended up losing in the quarterfinal round in a one-set elimination format. Considering the team has played a bevy of tournaments, both local and out-of-state, fatigue may have set in.

“We’ve had a pretty heavy travel schedule so we’ve kind of hit a wall,” Pieczynski said. “We have a few days off with Columbus Day so we’re looking to get rested.”

Looking ahead, the team will have Sacred Heart and Orchard Park this week, both of whom have been very solid this season.

“They’re two good teams. We’re playing at Sacred Heart and we’re likely to see them in the playoffs at some point,” Pieczynski said. “Sacred Heart is a big league game for us. Orchard Park is a strong team. They’re more than up-and-coming, they’ve arrived. That will be a good non-league match, but we’re looking to take on all comers.”

The Lady Lancers would like to keep up their undefeated streak against New York State teams, but the slate won’t be easy. Eden, Lancaster and Our Lady of Mercy are all on the docket after the tough couple of games this week.

“We have some tough ones. We have Sacred Heart and Orchard Park this week,” Pieczynski said. “Then we’re going to Rochester to play Our Lady of Mercy. We have Lancaster and Eden too. We’re loading up the schedule to be ready for the playoffs and states.”

A tough non-league schedule is not uncommon for St. Mary’s. It’s a tactic the team uses to get ready for league and state playoffs.

“We’re still focused on finishing our season,” Pieczynski said. “It’s a tough row to hoe, but that’s what champions are made of. We have to prove our mettle if we want to win it all.”

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