By MIKE MEILER
Niagara Gazette — The Wilson girls made a great run in the Section VI Class C volleyball playoffs, but it ended Thursday when the Lakewomen ran into defending state champion Eden in the semifinals, held at Wilson.
Second-seeded Wilson (15-2) jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first set, all on serves from Kaylee Stewart, but the No. 3 Raiders took over from there, winning in three sets, 25-14, 25-15 and 25-14.
"They're a powerhouse, bottom line," Wilson coach Jackie Benton said. "They served very well against us, we didn't pass well and we didn't serve well ourselves, either."
It was the second straight semifinal loss for the Lakewomen, and the second straight year they'd lost to the defending state champion. They lost to Falconer in 2011, when Eden was state champ in Class B.
"We were glad to play them," Benton said. "We'd never played them before, and they were state champs something like seven of the past 10 years.
"We lost to the best of the best. They were the No. 3 seed, but we thought they should've been No. 1."
The loss also marks the end of a career for seven Wilson seniors.
"There was a really sad moment after the game in the team room," Benton said. "We have quite a few girls moving on to play in college, but that's not high school volleyball.
"They fought hard; it's not like they just gave up. The gym was full, and when the games were over, there was a complete standing ovation, from Eden's fans and ours."
The loss concluded a phenomenal season for Wilson, which went undefeated in the Niagara-Orleans league for the second year in a row.