The Michigan High School Athletic Association kicked off district volleyball tournaments around the state Monday and six of the eight St. Joseph County schools were in action, with three programs winning their quarterfinal matchups.
Centreville tops Union City in four
Centreville traveled to Union City Monday for a Class C district quarterfinal matchup against the host Chargers and came away with a 24-26, 25-15, 25-15, 25-6 victory. Centreville moves on to play No. 1-ranked and defending state champion Bronson Wednesday at 5:30 in the semifinals at Bronson.
“We got off to a slow start tonight with little errors that hurt us throughout the first set,” Centreville coach Deric Mostrom said. “We started off 9-3, but then hit a slump that we had a tough time getting out of until the end of the set. Union City was attacking at us hard, but it was too late to come out ahead for the win.
“In sets 2, 3 and 4 we started to settle in, getting better with every point. We got in rhythm, passing was better and we started to play some volleyball. Ours serves kept us going and the little blocking and passing errors we made in the first set became minimal. I am proud of the girls for getting through it, but we know we have to play better ball to keep going through the postseason verses some of the best teams in the state.”
Sophomore Joanna Larsen, according to Mostrom, kept the Bulldogs rolling Monday, and
“Jo and Samara (Schlabach) were connecting well, which made it easier to get some kills down,” he said. “This is a combo that is peaking at the right time and will need to keep going better. Joanna also did a great job at protecting the net, leading in blocks for the Bulldogs as well.”
Kenleigh West-Wing 1 kill, 1 assists, 1 dig, 1 block
Carlee Odom 6 aces, 100% serve, 6 kills, 1 assists, 18 digs
Logan Jourdan 1 ace, 100% serve, 6 digs
Sara Lewis 27 digs, 100% serve
Kayla Jepsen 1 kill, 2 blocks, 3 digs
Abby Nighswonger 1 ace, 100% serve, 1 kill, 18 assists, 8 digs
McKenzie Sheteron 2 aces, 100% serve, 6 kills, 2 blocks, 6 digs
Joanna Larsen 14 kills, 3 blocks
Ivee Lewis 2 aces, 100% Serve, 2 kills, 2 blocks, 6 digs
Samara Schlabach 100% serve, 11 kills, 12 assists, 5 blocks, 9 digs
Sam Bartelt 1 dig
Isabel Stauffer 2 assists
Photos by Nicci Plummer
Mendon breezes past Homer
Jumping out to a 15-1 lead in the opening set, Mendon kept pounding away en route to a 25-11, 25-14, 25-17 victory at home. The Hornets will match up against Quincy Wednesday in the 7 p.m. semifinal at Bronson.
“We kept pushing and finished playing hard every point,” Mendon coach Chad Miller said. “I am excited to see Quincy in the next round. We are ready.”
Amaijha Bailey – 4 aces
Hayley Kramer – 1 ace, 6 kills, 1 block
Anna Smith – 4 aces, 13 kills, 3 blocks
Hannah Duchene – 1 ace, 14 kills, 2 blocks
Aubrey Crotser – 1 ace, 4 kills, 2 blocks, 29 assists
Cierra Nightingale – 2 kills, 2 blocks
Brooke Cooper – 2 blocks
Video by Cole Harrison
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Schoolcraft sweeps White Pigeon
The Schoolcraft varsity squad beat White Pigeon in three games Monday at Constantine. Scores and statistical information were not reported.
Photos by John Gentry
Colon came to play and Burr Oak came to Monday’s Class D district tournament in Martin without two starters. The end result was a 25-23, 25-20, 25-23 Colon victory, which means the Magi move on to play Howardsville Christian in Wednesday’s semifinal match back in Martin at 5:30 p.m.
Keagan Bower had 10 kills and Brianna Vinson produced eight kills to lead Colon offensively. Vinson paced the squad with 27 digs, and Both Sydney Tomlinson and Brooke Hinkley finished with 18 digs. The Magi collectively registered 10 aces.
Sydney Owens and Ivy Eells both recorded eight kills for the Bobcats. Owens also led the team with 20 digs.
“Weak serves and weak serve receive is how we ended our season,” Burr Oak coach Kris Owens said. “We just were not mentally into the game tonight. We were playing without two of my starters (vacation) and although we had tried preparing for this situation over the last couple of weeks it did not go in our favor. Colon was hungry for the win and they deserved it tonight.”
Burr Oak Statistics
Andrea Nelson 2 kills, 5 assists, 14 digs
Sydney Owens 8 kills, 7 assists, 20 digs
Nyah Reaper 3 kills, 1 dig
Madison Jennett 2 aces, 8 kills, 1 block, 5 digs
Hailey Carder 2 digs
Zoe Lewis 3 aces, 5 assists, 14 digs
Ivy Eells 8 kills, 1 block, 1 assist, 3 digs
Allison Butler 5 digs
Jhenna Puckett- 5 Digs, 1 kill, 2 blocks
Desirae Martin- 1 Ace, 1kill, 2 digs
Brianna Vinson- 8 kills, 11 assists, 27 Digs, 5 aces
Keagan Bower- 7 assists, 10 kills, 29 digs, 2 Blocks
Katelynne Leitch- 4 kills, 10 Digs, 2 assists, 1 block
Sydney Tomlinson- 18 digs, 1 kill, 1 Assist, 1 Ace
Jillian Kinstle- 2 kills, 13 Digs, 3 Aces, 2 Assists
Brooke Hinkley- 18 digs, 2 kills, 1 Block, 1 Assist
Jayden Breneman- 5 Digs, 1 Assist
Gull Lake sweeps Sturgis
Host Gull Lake defeated Sturgis in a Class A quarterfinal at Gull Lake. No scores or statistical information were reported.