Junior Luisa Schirmer finished with 12 kills, 9 digs and 4 blocks to power second-seeded Pittsford Sutherland to a three-set win over No. 4 Victor in the finals of the Section V Class A volleyball tournament Saturday at Gates Chili High School.
"That's the first time we played like that all year," said Schirmer after Sutherland won 25-11, 25-11, 25-7. "Everyone played their role, worked really hard, and it was definitely a whole team effort."
Freshman Aliah Bowllan added 13 digs and Santita Ebangwese chipped in 11 blocks for the Knights (18-2), who don't have a senior on their roster.
Freshman Andrea Allen had 18 assists and Taylor Kells chipped in eight kills for Sutherland.
"We spent all season trying to iron out the mistakes that we constantly make and tonight I feel like we played consistent volleyball," Sutherland coach Matt Glover said.
Victor finished 14-8.
All-tournament team: Cassie O'Hara (Victor); Aliah Bowllan (Sutherland); Andrea Allen (Sutherland); Kristen Plukas (Irondequoit); Anna Valentine (Pittsford Mendon); Taylor Kells (Sutherland). MVP: Luisa Schirmer (Sutherland).
No. 3 Midlakes 25-25-25, No. 1 Honeoye Falls-Lima 16-23-22
Sophomore CeCe Cordero finished with eight kills and 17 digs to power third-seeded Midlakes (17-5) to its first sectional title.
Sophomore setter Anna Coryell added 21 assists and seven digs, while senior defensive specialist Mackenzie Hoven chipped in 12 digs for Midlakes.
The Cougars (13-6) built a 17-10 lead in the second set before Midlakes mounted an impressive comeback behind strong serving from Hoven.
All-tournament team: Haley Case (Batavia); Lauren LaDuke (Livonia); Marissa McFadden (Midlakes); Madeline Parobek (Honeoye Falls-Lima); Madison Joseph (Honeoye Falls-Lima); Anna Coryell (Midlakes). MVP: CeCe Cordero (Midlakes).
No. 1 Bishop Kearney 1, No. 2 Caledonia-Mumford 0
Freshman Ari Smith deflected a shot off the goalie and into the net during a scramble with 16 minutes left in the game to give Kearney its first sectional title since 1995.
Junior Meghan Hake recorded six saves for her 13th shutout of the season.
"It's been very rewarding," Kearney coach Paul Forte said. "This is one of the most talented, but more importantly, best group of girls I've worked with. Their character is amazing."
Alfred-Almond junior Meghan DioGuardi and the Victor doubles team of Esha Mehta and Ajla Karabedovic advanced to Sunday's quarterfinals.
DioGuardi, the reigning All-Greater Rochester Player of the Year, was unseeded, but she upset No. 6 seed Taylor Gurda of Section IX in the first round, 6-4, 2-6, 6-3, then downed Nicole Vassalle of Kellenberg Catholic 6-2, 6-1 in the second round.
Mehta and Karabedovic won their first-round match in straight sets, before beating the No. 7 seed.
First-round singles: Raissa Lou (Pittsford Mendon) d. Sienna Susko (Fayetteville-Manlius), 6-0, 6-4; Tami Comins (Mendon) d. Hannah Fleckenstein (Newburgh-IX), 6-3, 6-3; Meghan DioGuardi (Alfred-Almond) def. No. 6 Taylor Gurda (Minnisk Valley-IX), 6-4, 2-6, 6-3.
First-round doubles: Haley Kusak/Zoe Chodak (Pittsford Sutherland) d. Jessica Guarino/Laurin Goldberg (F-M), 6-1, 6-1; Chandrika Sanapala/Chhinda Som (Brighton) d. Daniella Dunphy/Gillian Neubert (East Hampton), 6-0, 6-0; Esha Mehta/Ajla Karabedovic (Victor) d. Nicole Kozinski/Sarina Shah (Clarence), 6-2, 6-3.
Second-round singles: No. 5 Amanda Austi (Bronxville-I) d. Lou 7-6 (4), 6-0; No. 1 Alexa Graham (Garden City-VIII) d. Comins, 6-0, 6-0; DioGuardi d. Nicole Vassalle (Kellenberg Catholic), 6-2, 6-1.
Second-round doubles: No. 5 Brittany Burke/Morgan Herrman (Garden City) f. Kusak/Chodak, 6-3, 6-3; No. 1 Jessie Cruz/Cassidy Cruz (New Rochelle-I) d. Sanapala/Som, 3-6, 6-2, 6-2; Mehta/Karabedovic d. No. 7 Amanda Luper/Allison Huber (Half Hollow Hills-XI), 6-4, 4-6, 6-3.