AMHERST VS. AVON VOLLEYBALL: EAGLES SWEEP COMETS TO GET SHARE OF SWC TITLE

Avon’s Gillian Romanchok has her tip partially blocked by Faith Rico of Amherst during the second set.
Avon’s Gillian Romanchok has her tip partially blocked by Faith Rico of Amherst during the second set. Randy Meyers — The Morning Journal

Amherst had a lot planned for its senior night festivities. Getting swept wasn’t on the agenda.

But that is exactly what happened inside a packed Amherst High School on Oct. 10.

The Eagles flipped the script from their previous meeting on Sept. 14, overwhelming the Comets, 3-0, with a stout defensive front and an incredible offensive attack that left the SWC’s best looking rattled and making uncharacteristic mistakes throughout the evening.

“We talked about having an edge when we play. Sometimes we are so nice, and we talked about playing with this edge, this competitive fierceness. That is exactly what our kids did,” Eagles coach Julie Bendzuck said. “We minimized our mistakes and we played as a team. I’m not just talking about the kids on the court, but the bench was talking, communicating and active during timeouts. It takes all 14 kids.”

After a late start to the match, the Eagles (19-2, 16-1 SWC) and Comets (20-1, 16-1 SWC) came out with a furious pace, as both teams showed why they are at the Top of the Crop. While both teams were neck-and-neck through the middle of the first set and exerting a tremendous amount of energy on long rallies, Avon’s Maddy Jerdonek was thriving, racking up multiple assists to go along with a few kills.

“We knew confidence was key because last time we played them they upset us at home,” Jerdonek said. “We knew it was really important to come out strong and to play together as a team and play for, not only our seniors, but our whole team together.”

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