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LCAA’S FINEST: Livonia volleyball spotlights people within their community fighting cancer

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LIVONIA – Dig Pink brings together players, coaches, parents, and communities, all committed to being a voice for the underserved and bettering the lives of the stage IV community.

Livonia volleyball coach Kristen Hierlwimmer and her Lady Bulldogs hosted what will be one of several events during October, which is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

“During the month of October, we are bringing awareness to breast cancer by spotlighting people from our community that have fought or are fighting breast cancer,” coach Hierlwimmer said. “Our first night, we spotlighted Mrs. Niki Miller, a teacher at Livonia. Tonight was Amanda Patterson, a 2007 graduate and former volleyball player. Next week we will be honoring Karen Rohr Schuster, a 1979 graduate, former volleyball player and my sister. Our last spotlight is Debbie Renner, a grandmother and aunt of players Jenna Gorton (grandmother) and Julie Renner (Aunt).”

Coach Hierlwimmer said that the Livonia Booster Club, run by Mike Ryan, is sponsoring Livonia’s pink jerseys that they will be wearing throughout the month.

“All donations will be given to Amanda Patterson, as she has more treatments and surgery to undergo,” said Hierlwimmer. “This is a fight that we want everyone to take to heart and want all women to be proactive in getting screened for a cancer that can be treated if caught early.”

During Wednesday’s match, the Lady Bulldogs picked up the four-set victory winning by scores of 25-22, 25-23, 18-25 and 25-23 to move their record to 12-2.

Livonia was paced by a trio of senior captains as Julie Renner dished out 11 assists with two aces, two kills and two digs; Lillie Capecci added 10 assists with five kills, two aces and two digs; while Hannah Ingram tallied 10 kills to go with four blocks, four digs and one ace.

Avon was led by sophomore Jessie Crye who had a game-high 24 digs with seven aces and seven kills while junior Jasmine Flora contributed 14 digs with seven assists and two aces.

Avon is 3-8.

Girls Soccer

Haverling 2, Dansville 1

Keegan Smith scored two goals, including the game-winner in overtime, as host Haverling nipped a gritty Dansville team Wednesday night.

Dansville took the early 1-0 lead in te first half when Chelsie Tyler scored off an assist from Kali Meyer.

It stayed that way until there were 14 minutes left in regulation when Smith scored the equalizer.

Smith’s golden goal came early in OT as the Lady Rams improved to 10-1 on the season.

It was Dansville’s fourth OT game in their past five contests.

“We fought hard and I am proud of the way we are battling at the moment through a very difficult part of our season and schedule,” Dansville coach Arin Belden said.

Dansville keeper Emma Butters recorded eight saves in net for the Lady Mustangs, who fell to 7-2-3.

Up next, Dansville plays at Wayland-Cohocton Saturday night.

Livonia 8, Way-Co 0

After knocking off the #1 ranked NYS Class B team in the state Monday, Livonia followed that up with the shutout victory over Way-Co at the Cohocton Sports Complex.

Goal scorers for the Lady Bulldogs included Hannah Weldy, Hailey Weldy, Brooke Schafer, Bailey Treuhart, Caitlynn Haugh, Avery Bernard, and Olivia Feehan.

Livonia improved to 7-4-3 on the season.

Livonia will host Batavia Monday in a non-league match-up.

Keshequa 1, Geneseo 0

Ava Thayer scored the game’s only goal off an assist from teammate Braelyn Isaman at the 3:05 mark of the first half as the home-standing Lady Indians nipped Geneseo in LCAA action.

Keshequa improved to 12-2-0 while Geneseo slipped to 9-3-1.

Keshequa visits Cal-Mum Tuesday.

Letchworth 2, Avon 1

Forward Annetta Owens scored both goals as Letchworth edged visiting Avon Wednesday.

Owens scored one goal in each half for the Lady Indians.

She was assisted on the go-ahead game-winning goal by Erika Constable.

Avon’s goal came from Leann Masten assisted by Alissa Kaufmann.

Letchworth improved 6-7-0 while Avon fell to 2-10-1.

Boys Soccer

Aquinas 2, Livonia 1 (Sudden Death OT)

Livonia gave one of the state’s top teams a run for their money as the Bulldogs fell just short, falling in sudden death OT to Aquinas in non-league action.

Livonia led 1-0 in this one as Austin Francis split the posts off an assist from Connor Feehan.

It stayed that way until there were only six seconds left in the first half when Aquinas tied things up.

Aquinas scored the winner in the second overtime.

Livonia junior Kaidan O’Connor was the Bulldogs’ “Man of the Match” with several good saves in the second half and overtime.

Aquinas improved to 12-0-1 while Livonia suffered their first loss of the season and fell to 13-1-0.

“Our boys played their hearts and fought right to the end and had a chance or two to win it,” Livonia coach Ray Maxwell said. “Aquinas is as good as I’ve ever seen. They are incredible in every position. We haven’t seen a team like that in years. We gave them a helluva game.”

Photos by Lindsey Meys

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