CENTREVILLE — Four St. Joseph County varsity volleyball teams had a chance to shake off the rust Saturday at Centreville’s scaled down county tournament.
Centreville came away with one victory in pool play when it beat Colon 25-21, 25-10, 21-25. White Pigeon bested Centreville 11-25, 25-21, 25-15. Constantine beat Centreville 25-21, 25-16, 25-13. White Pigeon came back and topped the Bulldogs 25-13, 25-17 in the semifinals.
“For our first outing of the season I am extremely proud of my girls,” Centreville coach Melissa Gales said. “We had our up and down moments that come with volleyball, however, in moments they were just extraordinary. I lost five seniors and we had some big shoes to fill. Some may look at the roster and call us young but at times these girls play together like they’ve known nothing else.”
White Pigeon beat Constantine 25-15, 28-26 in the finals.
Centreville Junior Bailee May had 12 service aces 46 digs, and sophomore setter Madison Hunter registered 50 assists. Junior Mattie Kirby came away with 86 kills, followed by May (66) and Madison Eazsol (53).
“Bailee May did an outstanding job in the middle reading the hitters and was aggressive and on the money with her passing today,” Gales added. “First year varsity, sophomore, Madison Hunter had an excellent debut in the setter position, as did outside powerhouse Mattie Kirby. These girls love volleyball and put a lot of time in the gym this summer. I am proud of each of them for fulfilling their role, having positive attitudes, and giving it all they had. I know they will surprise many teams this year. I am truly excited for this upcoming season. If the overall stats do not work I have attached the stats for each game in the tabs in this document.”