Timely scoring runs aided Mendon’s varsity volleyball team Thursday in a four-game grind that resulted in a Southwest 10 Conference victory over Centreville.
The Hornets won 25-21, 12-25, 27-25, 25-21 to remain in the driver’s seat in the league with an undefeated record as the conference tournament just a couple weeks away.
Centreville coach Deric Mostrom said both squads put on a display of strong fundamentals, from setting to hit, and serving to passing, but when the Hornets started scoring in runs, they were simply longer than Centreville’s.
“I am proud of our girls and how well they played today,” Mostrom said. “Mendon is a pretty consistent team and we kept right with them even through some of our tough runs. Runs are are what hurt us tonight. We end a couple of those quicker and the game is in a different place.
“We made alot of adjustments tonight. Switching girls around and trying to do different things to stop their hitters. The girls pulled this off pretty well I think and it’s good to know we have that flexibility as a team. We will see them in the conference tourney in a couple weeks and look forward to the matchup.”
Mendon coach Chad Miller expected another competitive match after the Hornets barely eked out a victory over the Bulldogs in the finals of the Union City Tournament earlier this month.
“We knew we were going to be in a fight for every point,” he said. “Centreville plays us tough and both teams have a passion for this rivalry. We came out swinging and won set 1 playing well. Set 2 was a bit of an anomaly where we just didn’t do much right. After a quick talk between sets 2 and 3 the girls came out and played much better. Set 3 was back and forth and I’m glad to see us pull out that close set. Finishing in four was nice to see because I don’t want to give any more chances to Centreville than I absolutely have to. We are looking forward to seeing them again soon in the league tournament.”
Amaijha Bailey – 10 digs, 7 aces
Aubrey Crotser – 1 ace, 1 block, 31 assists
Hannah Duchene – 13 kills, 2 aces, 3 blocks
Juliana Hagenbuch – 5 digs
Hayley Kramer – 5 kills, 1 block
Cierra Nightingale – 3 kills, 2 blocks
Anna Smith – 16 kills, 1 ace
Kenleigh West-Wing 1 ace, 3 kills, 1 assists, 4 digs
Carlee Odom 4 aces, 10 kills, 1 assist, 18 digs
Sara Lewis 1 ace, 14 digs
Kalee Schrock 4 aces, 1 kill, 17 assists
Joanna Larsen 1 ace, 4 kills, 5 blocks, 3 digs
Samara Schlabach 14 kills, 12 assists, 2 blocks, 22 digs
Logan Jourdan 1 ace, 6 kills, 15 digs
Photos by Nicci Plummer
South Haven Gets By Three Rivers In Five
Three Rivers dropped a five-setter at home to South Haven, 20-25, 25-22, 17-25, 25-23, 9-15, in a Wolverine Conference match.
Shelby Krawczak led the Wildcat offense with 18 kills and an efficient .325 hitting percentage.
“Their block was huge, their defense was solid, and Shelby took her game to the next level,” Three Rivers coach Erik Kore said. “She was a force at the net.”
Finishing with 1o kills for Three Rivers was Hadley Miller, while Campbell Haradine and Karsyn Draime registered five and four, respectively. Maya Bidelman had 26 assists, and Miller logged 12. Tessa Hawkins dug 30 balls, Krawczak had 18, Miller finished with 14 and both Bidelman and Haradine recorded 12. Hawkins also led the team with three aces.
The loss dropped the Wildcats to 3-2 in the league. They travel to the Harper Creek Tournament Saturday.
Photos by Chris Carpenter
Sturgis Defeats Dowagiac On The Road
The Lady Trojans got in and got out of Dowagiac in a hurry Thursday, sweeping the Chieftains 25-21, 25-14, 25-19 to improve to 10-11-1 overall and 3-3 in Wolverine Conference play. Next up for Sturgis is the Bronson Classic on Saturday.
Bri Wheeler 1 ace, 22 assists, 15 digs, 6 blocks
Holly Ellingson 2 aces, 11 kills, 13 blocks
Hope Eichorn 1 ace, 9 digs
Sage Groves 8 digs
Hannah Bronsetter 8 kills
Tatum Harris 3 digs, 3 kills, 6 blocks
Emma Bronstetter 3 kills
White Pigeon Cruises At Hartford
The Lady Chiefs nabbed a Southwest 10 Conference victory Thursday, sweeping Hartford 25-16, 25-18, 25-16.
White Pigeon Statistics
Katie Long 1 assist
Shanna Hagner 6 aces, 2 digs, 12 assists, 1 kill
Emma Sandy 4 aces, 7 digs, 3 kills, 1 block
Colline Collins 2 digs
Courtney Delarye 5 digs
Zinnia Hartwig 3 aces, 9 digs, 1 kill, 1 block
Abby Haney 1 ace, 7 digs, 8 assists, 1 block
Paige Brock 2 digs, 1 assist, 2 kills
Angela Gibson 2 digs, 1 assist, 3 kills, 1 block
Claycee West 4 aces, 8 digs, 2 aces, 12 kills, 4 blocks
Sidney Mishler 3 digs, 6 kills
Constantine Nabs SAC Win at Watervliet
The Lady Falcons swooped into Watervliet Thursday and put a 25-12, 25-20, 25-19 Southwestern Athletic Conference victory in the books.
“We were aggressive and consistent from the service line tonight and it paid off,” Constantine coach Jennifer Herschbach said.
Constantine improved to 22-3-4 overall and 4-1 in conference play.
Mackenzi Dobosiewicz 15 kills, 12 digs, 2 aces, 1 block
Piper Ousley 8 assists, 3 kills, 3 digs, 2 aces
Raigan Dumm 13 assists, 2 digs, 3 aces
Macey Tulley 5 kills, 5 digs, 3 aces
Paulina Diaz 4 blocks, 2 kills
Madi Platz 7 digs
Madi Tulley 5 aces
Paige Bowling 6 digs
Cassie McNamara 3 assists, 2 kills
Athens Beats Colon In Three
Athens played well on its home court in a 25-14, 26-24, 25-17 win over Colon in Southern Central Athletic Association competition.
“Our back row tonight was in great position reading the ball and picking up setters dumps,” Colon coach Alley Kyle said. “Also, senior Jhenna Puckett has really stepped up and has started to lead as a big hitter and blocker for our team. All in all I was very proud of the way the girls battled this evening in three very close games.”
Brianna Vinson- 11 kills, 1 block, 3 Aces, 10 assists, 21 Digs
Keagan Bower- 9 assists, 2 kills, 10 digs, 1 Block
Katelynne Leitch- 1 kill, 1 Assist, 4 digs
Sydney Tomlinson- 21 digs, 1 Ace, 2 Assists
Jillian Kinstle- 2 kills, 10 Digs
Brooke Hinkley- 4 kills, 3 digs, 1 Ace, 1 Block
Desirae Martin- 2 kills, 7 digs, 1 Ace
Jhenna Puckett- 4 Blocks, 5 kills, 2 Assists, 5 Digs
Jayden Breneman- 8 Digs
Colon JV Tops Athens 16-25, 25-20, 15-12
Colon JV Statistics
MaryJane Muntain 6 attacks, 2 kill, 3 serves, 1 ace
Maddie Fisher 1 attack, 10 serves, 1 ace
Brenna Fisher 12 sets, 3 assists, 4 serves, 1 ace
Adyn Bower 11 serves, 1 ace
Ashley Vallance 4 attacks, 1 kill, 3 serves, 1 ace, 3 solo blocks
Abby Vallance: 1 attack, 7 serves
Climax-Scotts Overpowers Burr Oak
In a SCAA match at Climax-Scotts, the Panthers rolled to a 25-12, 25-10, 25-23 victory over Burr Oak.
“Although there were some great volleys and some amazing digs by both teams, Climax managed to place the ball effectively more often than we did,” Burr Oak coach Kris Owens said. “There was no momentum in games one and two and our hitters did not drive the ball with purpose; we spent a lot of time on defense. By the time we seemed to warm up and move the ball around the court, it was too late to break Climax’s streak.”
Burr Oak Statistics
Abby Greene 3 kills, 10 digs
McCully Kyle 1 kill, 2 digs
Andrea Nelson 1 ace, 2 kills, 1 assist, 5 digs
Sydney Owens 1 ace, 3 kills, 7 assists, 7 digs
Madison Jennett 1 block, 5 digs
Hailey Carder 5 digs
Zoe Lewis 2 assists, 11 digs
Ivy Eells 2 aces, 5 kills, 2 blocks, 1 dig
Allison Butler 1 ace, 10 digs