2015-09-10 / Sports

Comets, Norse, Wildcats capture quality victories

LELAND HAS a chance to light up its new scoreboard with a home match against Kingsley Tuesday at 7 p.m. LELAND HAS a chance to light up its new scoreboard with a home match against Kingsley Tuesday at 7 p.m. Leland volleyball coach Laurie Glass and her Comets came into the conference meet at Glen Lake on Tuesday with a plan: attack inside.

The Comets did just that behind the strong play of inside hitters ViAnna Hennig and Eva Grobell who finished with .538 and .535 hitting percentages, respectively, to go with eight kills apiece as Leland swept the Lakers on their home court (25-14, 25-10, 25-18). The Comets hit .377 as a team.

“We have three really good middles,” Glass said. “What we’ve talked about as we looked at the stats through the first two tournaments was that ViAnna and Eva are our two most effi- cient hitters for all three outings. So we let our young setter know that we don’t always have to rely on our outsides to get the job done.”

All-state outside hitter Maddie Trumbull still got the job done in the victory, tallying 12 kills and hitting an effective .375. Ella Siddall. meanwhile, dished out 24 assists.

“Our passing was good enough that we were able to run those middles fairly efficiently and that just broke the game open from the middle, which was nice,” Glass said.

Glass said she’d like to see better serving as a team, however. The Comets pocketed nine aces while serving 83 percent.

Glen Lake coach Liz Moeggenberg said her Lakers will get back to fundamentals after the disheartening loss.

“There were moments where the girls played like they can play, but there were definitely more moments like they played like they were going through the motions,” Moeggenberg said. “When you play a team like Leland and you’re going through the motions, it’s going to be ugly.

“So we’re going to go back to practice with positive attitudes, getting back to basics and continuing to push our team.”

Briana Shirley played well defensively in the loss, finishing with 20 digs.

Hannah Wright and Mallory Lund both had three kills while Shelby Jones-Stachnik dealt eight assists.


Northport wins in five sets

The Northport volleyball team secured a signature win at home against Buckley (25-12, 18-25, 24-26, 25-16, 15-12) last week.

Down 2-1 entering the fourth set, Northport coach Teresa Szur got her team going.

“I told the girls I believe in them — and it was time ... believe in yourselves,” Szur said. “They served tough and played great defense.”

The Wildcats rallied for wins in sets four and five behind strong performances from Abbie Thon (16 kills, 11 digs, four aces), Morgan Collins (28 assists, six kills, three aces) and Emelia Alflen (eight kills, five aces, five digs) among others.

Szur was pleased with the effort.

“I felt they showed some grittiness and didn’t let a match they were capable of winning get away from them,” she said.

Suttons Bay notches sweep

Suttons Bay captured a three-set victory after a rough start at Buckley on Tuesday.

Jessica Christianson turned in a nice performance in the win with 20 assists. Kyra Vezina had three aces, 10 kills and four digs.

The Lady Norse improve to 4-6-4 and 1-0 in Northwest Conference play heading into a tournament at Pentwater on Saturday.

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