Sutherland Wins Sectional Championship
For the third year in a row, the Sutherland girls’ varsity volleyball team has won the Class A Sectional Championship. The Knights beat a tenacious West Irondequoit Eagles team at Gates Chili High School in four games, 25-16, 25-21, 23-25 and 25-17. They beat the Eagles last year in the sectional championship en route to the Knights’ State championship.
The offense was firing on all cylinders featuring Santita Ebangwese’s 17 kills, Taylor Kells’ 16 kills and Sarah Blowers’ 13 kills. Kells and Blowers also scored with a combined 7 aces. Ann Bisognano and Leah Sherman added 7 kills. The Knights’ defense was stingy led by Libero Aliah Bowllan’s 27 digs and 4 aces. Blowers added 26 digs. Savvy Bothner had 17 digs, Kells had 13 digs and Jes Marini had 6 digs. Ebangwese also had 3 blocks. Tournament Most Valuable Player Andrea Allen dealt 52 assists and had 22 digs. Allen was excited with the win. “The way a team plays together determines the strength of the team. We showed that unity on the court today. Everyone stepped up in their roles and together we had the drive and determination to win. I’m so proud of my teammates.” Santita Ebangwese and Sarah Blowers were also named to the All-tournament team.
Sutherland earned their way to the finals with a win over Gates Chili earlier this week at Webster Thomas by scores of 21-25, 25-9, 25-19 and 25-17. The Spartans gave the Knights all they could handle with strong serving and net play. Sarah Blowers turned in an outstanding effort with 7 aces, 12 kills and 17 digs. In game two, Blowers put the team ahead to stay serving nine points in a row, including 2 aces. In game four, Blowers and Santita Ebangwese iced the win with 7 kills late in the game. Ebangwese ended with 14 kills and 3 blocks. Jes Marini did her part in the win with 2 clutch aces and 22 digs. Taylor Kells added 9 kills and 1 ace. Aliah Bowllan, Savvy Bothner and Bridget Stahlecker combined for 33 digs, 2 aces and 3 assists. Ann Bisognano had 4 kills and 3 blocks. Setter Andrea Allen handed out 38 assists to go with 14 digs.
The Knights, 40-2, will face the winner of the Sweet Home – Williamsville East Section 6 finals in the Regionals next Saturday at Gates Chili High School.