2017-09-14 / Sports

Wilson hurt as Lady Comets fall at Kingsley

Kingsley took a big step toward defending its Northwest Conference volleyball title on Tuesday.

The Lady Stags dispatched visiting Leland, the No. 2 Class D team in the Week 4 MIVCA poll, in straight sets (25-13, 25-23, 25-18).

“We just made too many errors,” Leland coach Laurie Glass said.

The Comets (8-6-2, 1-1 Northwest) finished with three aces and eight serving errors, Glass said.

Senior outside hitter Rowan Wilson led Leland in kills with six and digs with 16, but went down with a back injury in the third set.

“That wasn’t what we needed,” Glass said.

Glass lauded the overall defensive effort of her team and the passing of Margie Stowe and Mia Osorio, but said her team simply didn’t hit efficiently enough to win.

Leland will look to bounce back tonight at Traverse City St. Francis, the No. 7 team in Class C.

Lakers sweep Mesick at home

Mallory Lund tallied 11 kills, six aces and five digs on Tuesday as the Glen Lake volleyball team opened Northwest Conference play with a sweep of visiting Mesick (25-11, 25-18, 25-18).

“We saw some great things tonight out of a lot of players,” Glen Lake coach Liz Moeggenberg said.

The Lakers (7-8, 1-0 Northwest) had seven kills and three aces from Kaitlyn Schaub, 10 assists and three digs from Mackenzie Steele, four digs and four aces from Hailie Tondreau, 10 assists and five digs from Hannah VanDuzen, and six kills and four digs from Morgan Zywicki. VanDuzen and Zywicki were also solid at the service line, going 19-of- 19 and 11-of-11, respectively.

The team will be back in action tonight against visiting Grand Traverse Academy.

Suttons Bay snaps slide

After dropping 17 of its first 18 sets this season, the Suttons Bay volleyball team had some fun on Tuesday.

The Lady Norse notched their first win of the season, taking down host Buckley in four sets (25-20, 25-16, 23-25, 25-19). Stats were not available at press time, but second-year coach Kelly Mokanyk had nothing but good things to say about her team’s attack.

“It was exciting for me to see the relationship between my setter Grace Periard and hitters like Mia Shaw and Laura Hursey work more seamlessly,” Mokanyk said.

The team will be back in action against visiting Benzie on Tuesday.

Lakers go 3-2 at Pine River

Glen Lake advanced to the semifinals of the Pine River Invitational on Saturday before dropping a two-set decision to Pine River (25-17, 25-18).

The Lady Lakers beat Pine River’s JV team (25-14, 25-8) and Manistee (27-26, 26-24) in pool play but lost to McBain (25-16, 25-9). They also beat Big Rapids Crossroads (27-26, 26-24) in bracket play before bowing out in the semifinals.

“Overall, I think our team had a good day,” Glen Lake coach Liz Moeggenberg said. “Our energy seemed really consistent throughout the day, and when we got down I feel like we had better focus and optimistic attitudes to get a side out. For most the day, Mackenzie Steele stepped in as our setter and showed a ton of potential and leadership. Her energy and hustle are contagious, and we really appreciate those qualities in her.”

Steele finished with 35 assists. Mallory Lund racked up 25 kills, 30 digs and 10 aces.

Northport 1-1 at Manistee tri

The Northport volleyball team split its pair of matches in a tri at Manistee last Thursday, losing to Manton (25-13, 25-9) and beating Manistee (25-17, 16-25, 25-13).

“Ugly first match,” Northport coach Teresa Szur said of the loss. “Can tell we haven’t played for quite a bit of time. Knocked off the rust in the second match, lost focus in the second set and then regained our composure to win the third set. Lots to work on, but the season is young yet.”

The Lady Wildcats (8-6) had 10 kills from Sarah Reynolds, 15 assists from Shannon Popp and 20 digs from Audrey Alflen.

Northport is scheduled to take on visiting Bear Lake tonight.

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