2017-10-12 / Sports

Volleyball roundup: Lady Lakers shine in Suttons Bay

By Jay Bushen
Sports Editor

GLEN LAKE players react to a Kaitlyn Schaub kill Saturday during a Bronze Pool win over Benzie in the Suttons Bay Invitational. GLEN LAKE players react to a Kaitlyn Schaub kill Saturday during a Bronze Pool win over Benzie in the Suttons Bay Invitational.

With districts less than three weeks away, Kaitlyn Schaub and the Glen Lake volleyball team are trending at the right time.

The Lady Lakers proved it in the Suttons Bay Invitational on Saturday, closing out a 4-1 afternoon in the Silver Bracket finals with a 25-20, 25-23 sweep of Pentwater.

“We played a lot of volleyball today,” coach Liz Moeggenberg said. “Girls left it all on the court. We had our ups and downs as the day went along but were able to capitalize when we needed to and got the job done.”

Glen Lake (15-11, 4-2 Northwest) went 2-1 in the Bronze Pool with wins over Houghton (25-23, 20-25, 15-5) and Benzie (25-13, 23-25, 15-13) and a loss to Charlevoix (25-16, 21-25, 15-13). From there the Lakers advanced to the Silver Bracket semifinals, where they posted a three-set win over Benzie (29-31, 25-23, 15-11).

Schaub amassed 30 kills, 25 digs, five blocks and four aces on the day, earning MVP honors from her coach.

“She was a beast at the net and was a big reason we were so successful,” Moeggenberg said. “Her reactions to the other team’s attacks were on point and created a lot of chaos for our opponents.”

Other stat leaders for Glen Lake were Morgan Zywicki (27 kills, 44 digs, seven aces); Hailie Tondreau (95 digs); Mallory Lund (22 kills, 27 digs, seven aces); Hanna VanDuzen (73 assists, 31 digs); and Liliana Valkner (34 digs, 12 kills).

No. 2 Leland (26-8-2, 5-1 Northwest) also put together a 4-1 afternoon, ending the day with a 25-13, 25-19 loss to Gold Bracket champion Kingsley in the semifinals.

The Stags, who are ranked No. 5 in Class B, are 2-1 against the Comets this season.

“You have to pass well if you’re going to play them, and we did not pass well,” Leland coach Laurie Glass said. “It made it difficult for us to run our offense.”

The Comets went 3-0 in Silver Pool play with wins over Bellaire (25-13, 25-21), Manistee (25-12, 25-7) and Hancock (25-8, 25-10) before beating Onekama in the Gold Bracket quarterfinals (25-14, 25-15).

Stat leaders for Leland were Ella Siddall (85 assists); Rowan Wilson (33 kills, 37 digs, six aces); Allie Martin (28 kills, 25 digs); Margie Stowe (five aces, 22 digs); Talia Yaakoby (13 kills) and Hanna Elwell (12 kills).

“I thought Ella Siddall ran a great offense on Saturday,” Glass said. “She has a variety of hitters to choose from and is able to distribute the ball efficiently.”

Suttons Bay (2-15, 2-4 Northwest) went 0-3 with Gold Pool losses to Calumet (25-2, 25-13, 25-6) and Onekama (25-12, 25-9, 25-14) and a Silver Bracket quarterfinal loss to Pellston (25-15, 25-14).

“We don’t necessarily belong with the other teams, but we’ll have moments of greatness,” Suttons Bay coach Kelly Mokanyk said of her young squad. “That’s always fun to see. It’s awesome to have great teams like Leland and Kingsley show my girls what they could be in a couple years. “We’re getting beat up, but we’re learning a lot as we go.”


Wildcats fall in five sets

Joan Ogemaw and her Northport teammates gave Traverse City Christian all it could handle Tuesday but came up short in a five-set road loss (25-21, 25-21, 23-25, 22-25, 18-16).

“We could not get out of our own way tonight — 16 serving errors and nine in the first two sets,” Northport coach Teresa Szur said. “Shanked passes, lack of communication, not swinging. Add the fact that TCC played very scrappy and that equals two loses in the first two sets. But give our team credit. We were down twice in set three by four points and didn’t fold.”

Stat leaders for Northport (14-8, 1-2 Cherryland) were Ogemaw (18 kills); Sarah Reynolds (10 kills); Shannon Popp (23 assists) and Sophie Stowe (13 assists).

Stags sweep Suttons Bay

Kingsley stayed perfect in Northwest Conference play on Tuesday, cruising past Suttons Bay on the road in straight sets (25-8, 25-9, 25-5).

Suttons Bay coach Kelly Mokanyk was impressed by the performance from the visitors.

“I hope they go all the way,” Mokanyk said. “I can’t remember seeing hitters like that.”

Comets hold off Portagers

Leland captured its fifth conference win with a sweep of Onekama on Tuesday, although the Portagers didn’t make it easy in the third set (25-9, 25-12, 31-29).

“We did not hold our focus,” Leland coach Laurie Glass said. “They have one really nice hitter. She attacked really well. I thought their libero dug a lot of balls, then we made unforced error after unforced error after unforced error. Not our best showing.”

Stat leaders for Leland were Rowan Wilson (14 kills, nine digs) and Maddy Grosvenor (five aces, four digs).

Lakers stumble at Benzie

Glen Lake was unable to carry its momentum from the Suttons Bay Invitational into a league match at Benzie on Tuesday, suffering a defeat in four sets (26-24, 20-25, 25-12, 25-21).

“It was frustrating to watch our girls fight so hard together and play with their hearts on their sleeves on Saturday and then come into Tuesday and perform how we did,” Glen Lake coach Liz Moeggenberg said. “Credit to Benzie for coming to play. They fought hard as a team, left it all on the court and were a fun team to watch tonight if you were wearing the red and white.”

Stat leaders for Glen Lake were Mallory Lund (11 kills, 13 digs, two blocks); Hailie Tondreau (34 digs); Morgan Zywicki (16 digs, six digs) and Hanna VanDuzen (27 assists, 12 digs, two aces).

Northport topples Burt Lake

Northport kicked off homecoming festivities last Thursday with a sweep of visiting Burt Lake NMC (25-6, 25-16, 25-13).

“Tonight was a total team win,” Northport coach Teresa Szur said. “While our seniors led the way, everyone on the team made good plays and contributed to our success.”

Stat leaders were seniors Christy Ball (three kills); Joan Ogemaw (11 kills, three aces) and Sarah Reynold (five kills, five aces).

Schaub, Lakers sweep Sabres

Kaitlyn Schaub led with 11 kills and five digs last Thursday as Glen Lake dispatched visiting Traverse City Christian in straight sets (25-15, 25-22, 25-17).

“We were down most of game two, so it was great to see the girls fight from being down and keep their composure,” coach Liz Moeggenberg said. “We were able to work through a few lulls in the evening which was a big positive for us.”

Other stat leaders were Morgan Zywicki (eight kills, 14 digs, six aces); Hanna VanDuzen (29 assists) and Hailie Tondreau (19 digs).

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