2017-09-28 / Sports

Volleyball roundup: Norse sweep Panthers


SUTTONS BAY junior Tori Smith prepares to send a ball over the net Tuesday during a neck-and-neck meeting with visiting Frankfort. 
Photo: Ron Kramer SUTTONS BAY junior Tori Smith prepares to send a ball over the net Tuesday during a neck-and-neck meeting with visiting Frankfort. Photo: Ron Kramer Everything came together for Grace Periard and her Suttons Bay teammates against Frankfort on Tuesday.

“I have no idea what got into the girls tonight,” second-year coach Kelly Mokanyk said, “but they came out playing the best I have seen all season.”

The Lady Norse were calm, cool and collected in a sweep of the visiting Panthers (25-23, 25-23, 26-24) — their first sweep of the 2017 campaign.

Suttons Bay (2-10, 2-3 Northwest) has had to move players around this fall, but Mokanyk said key players are really starting to step up. Among them is setter Grace Periard, who finished with six kills, 21 assists and two aces.

“Grace lit things up in the third game,” Mokanyk said. “She has become a leader on the court, definitely not a verbal one, but a leader of action.

“I was very proud of her.”

Maya Shaw added eight kills for the Lady Norsemen, who have won two of four matches since dropping 17 of their first 18 sets of the season.

Leland will host Suttons Bay Tuesday in the first meeting between the schools since last year’s district tournament (Leland won 3-1).

Lakers escape Onekama in five

Strong showings from hitters Mallory Lund and Morgan Zywicki on Tuesday lifted Glen Lake to a thrilling five-set road victory over Onekama (25-15, 25-17, 20-25, 22-25, 15-7).

“I was proud of how the girls hung in there as the night went on,” Glen Lake coach Liz Moeggenberg said. “After taking the first two sets, I think we got a little comfortable and then started missing serves and making mental errors that we didn’t have in either of the first two games. Then in the fourth, our mistakes really started to add up. I was proud the girls were able to seal the deal in game five and gain the momentum we needed to get the job done.”

Glen Lake (9-8, 3-0 Northwest) had 14 kills, 14 digs and a block from Lund and 11 aces and 11 kills from Zywicki. Hanna VanDuzen supplied 27 assists, 12 digs and two aces while libero Hailie Tondreau had a huge performance defensively with 43 digs.

The Lakers, who played at Leland last night, will be back in action against visiting Buckley on Tuesday.

Comets win Morley Invitational

Leland lived up to its billing as the No. 2 team in the state — and then some — in the Morley Stanwood Invitational on Saturday.

The Lady Comets endured the heat without dropping a single set in the tournament. They beat Charlevoix (25- 6, 25-19), Kent City (25-14, 25-18), Manton (25-13, 25-17), Morley Stanwood (25-18, 25-11) and Class B Montague in the finals (25-17, 25-23).

“It was roasting,” coach Laurie Glass said of the conditions. “It was every bit of 95 degrees in that gym. ... They were trying to blow in air to keep the floor from being too sweaty.”

Junior setter Ella Siddall had a big day for the Comets (19-7-2, 2-1 Northwest) with 10 aces, 98 assists and 12 digs. Allie Martin finished with 25 kills and 24 digs; Rowan Wilson had 34 kills and 43 digs. Maddy Grosvenor amassed 12 aces, 11 kills and 20 digs.

Glass had high praise for Talia Yaakoby, who finished with 23 kills and just two hitting errors (.429 percentage).

“She deserved to be on the floor and she made it impossible for me take her off,” Glass said. “Kudos to her.”

Wildcats claw past Buckley

Northport combined tough serving and solid defense to defeat Buckley at home in straight sets last Thursday (25-14, 25-21, 25-16).

“Buckley sometimes gets overshadowed in the (Northwest Conference) but their coaches are doing a nice job with that team, and they are both improved and fun to play,” Northport coach Teresa Szur said.

Joan Ogemaw and Sarah Reynolds finished with eight kills apiece for the Lady Wildcats (11-6, 0-0 Cherryland), who have swept three consecutive opponents. Ogemaw also had seven digs. Szur said Christy Ball had a nice night, as well, with 11 points, seven aces and four kills. Shannon Popp finished with 16 assists and recorded four blocks while Cassidy Mork delivered in the pivotal third set seven straight points, including four aces.

Northport will be back in action tonight against visiting Frankfort.

Lakers drop Norse at home

An impressive night at the service line lifted Glen Lake to a conference sweep of Suttons Bay last Thursday (25-19, 25-15, 25-14).

“It was a fun night for the girls,” Glen Lake coach Liz Moeggenberg said. “They played together and with confidence in the person playing next to them. We were able to maintain our energy throughout the night and put a few nice rallies together with some great saves to keep the ball alive.”

Kaitlyn Schaub, Hailie Tondreau and Hanna VanDuzen were all perfect from the service line. Schaub finished with nine kills to go with five aces and five digs. Mallory Lund led with a team-high 11 kills to go with 11 digs.

Grace Periard had 13 assists for the Norse. Laura Hursey had six kills.

Comets cruise past Mesick

Nine different Leland players recorded a kill last Thursday as the Comets rolled past visiting Mesick in three sets (25-7, 25-6, 25-9).

“It’s always nice to win a match in the conference,” Leland coach Laurie Glass said. “It’s an opportunity for everybody to play. There was no letdown regardless of lineup.”

Rowan Wilson led Leland offensively with nine kills. Allie Martin had six.

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