A boatload of offensive firepower wasn’t enough for the Sturgis volleyball team once the postseason rolled around. As a result, the Trojans were thrown overboard in the first round of Class B district play Monday against host Coldwater.
Sturgis took the first set 25-20. Coldwater bounced back with 25-23 and 25-21 wins before the Trojans took the fourth set 25-18 to even the match. In the final game, the Cardinals ran away with a 15-8 victory.
Kelsey Metzger had four aces, eight digs, nine kills, 43 assists and three blocks, Jamie Lioy finished with three aces, 15 digs and nine kills, Hollie Myers registered three aces, 11 digs and 12 kills, Rachel Anderson totaled eight digs, 23 kills and five blocks and Nikki Nelson finished with three blocks.
“We were hoping to bring another district trophy back to Sturgis and to get beat in the first round for the second straight year is extremely disappointing,” head coach Von Metzger said. “We played well in spurts, but could never sustain it long enough to put Coldwater away. I thought the second set was extremely important and when we lost that set after leading most of the way it started to make us play a little tentative.
“We have had trouble with our blocking and defense for most of this year and Coldwater took advantage of that tonight. We knew going in that it was going to be an extremely competitive district, but we were hopeful that we would be able to rise to the occasion.”
The Trojans closed out the year with 30-15-4 record.