LITTLE FALLS 3, CANASTOTA 0
The Little Falls Mounties swept through three games Monday and played their way into Section III’s Class C semifinals with the win over Canastota.
The fourth-seeded Mounties (9-9) won 25-13, 25-22, 25-15 for their third win of the season over Canastota. The win sends Little Falls to West Winfield Tuesday to meet Mt. Markham, the undefeated No. 1 seed and two-time defending champion.
“They played really well tonight,” first-year Little Falls coach Mike Kelly said. “There was a lot of intensity. They just wanted to win.”
The win comes after a busy finish to the regular season for the Mounties whose three wins last week included a 3-0 victory over the Raiders in Canastota.
“Our four matches thee last week or so really helped us get ready for the playoffs,” Kelly said. “The tournament helped, too. That gave us a nice view of everybody late in the season.”
After falling behind 1-0, Canastota (3-15) rallied to tie the second game at 14. Little Falls sided out with a Mat Armlin kill — one of the senior’s 18 for the night — then ran off five straight points with Vinny Visconti serving. Canastota got back within two points at 24-22 but Armlin put down another kill from the back row to give the Mounties a 2-0 lead.
The third game was tied at 7 before Little Falls again pulled away. Kills by Armlin and Visconti, a Kyle Barnes ace and a Canastota error put Little Falls up 11-7 and six-point serving run by Visconti took the score to 21-10. Armlin launched an ace for the final point of the match.
David Stephenson served five aces for Little Falls with a kill and two digs; Mitchell Smith had four kills and two blocks; Visconti had 19 assists, a kill and an ace; Barnes had seven assists; Michael Izzo had three kills, a block and a pair of aces; Trey Demeree had two kills, a block and an assist; Alexander Fox had a kill, a block and an assist; Tim Failing had two digs; and Armlin had three blocks, an ace and an assist along with his 18 kills.
Avery Brennen had 11 digs, seven kills, a block and an ace for Canastota; Elijah Cary had five kills, two assists and two digs; Brandon Pickard had eight digs and five assists; Josh Whaley had an ace and two digs; Connor Hanauer had four kills, an assist and eight digs; Michael McDermott had five kills and a block; and Zach McCarthy had three assists and three digs.
Sauquoit Valley is home for Tuesday’s other semifinal match against Westmoreland. The championship match will be played Thursday at 5 p.m. in Canastota.
“You don’t get through sectionals without seeing Mt. Markham at some point,” Kelly said. (Coach Darin Lynch) has a great team; they’re playing together real well.”