2017-11-09 / Sports

Lady Comets complete 7-peat


LELAND PLAYERS hoist the district trophy high last Thursday after a sweep of Northport in Frankfort. LELAND PLAYERS hoist the district trophy high last Thursday after a sweep of Northport in Frankfort. Leland won its seventh straight district championship in Frankfort last Thursday — but it wasn’t easy.

Long rallies and scrappy defensive play on both sides highlighted the team’s 3-0 win over Northport (25- 16, 25-20, 25-14), a team that showed it may be a tough out for years to come.

“Unlike last year when we met in the first round, I’m proud to say we put up a fight and made Leland earn their medals tonight,” Northport coach Teresa Szur said.

Scrappy as Northport was, Leland kept coming.

Rowan Wilson and Allie Martin led the way for Leland with 10 kills apiece.

“(Szur) is doing a great job and is really bringing that program into competitive volleyball,” Leland coach Laurie Glass said. “It’s no surprise to me that they kept bringing the battle back at us. We were prepared for that.”

The Lady Wildcats (18-13-4), who punched their ticket to the district final with a five-set win over Traverse City Christian last Wednesday, had an impressive defensive performance from Jenna Sumner. Sumner finished with 32 digs, earning praise from Glass in the handshake line after the match.

Joan Ogemaw paced Northport offensively with 10 kills.

Ogemaw was one of three seniors on the team this season along with Christy Ball and Sarah Reynolds.

“Joan dominated at the net defensively and made some tremendous athletic plays,” Szur said. “Christy stepped up in the second set and passed some tough serves; Sarah never came off the court and laid it all on the line.

“Each of them have been great leaders in their own way and they kept a bevy of underclassman playing key roles focused.”

Leland swept Frankfort in the semis last Wednesday (25-20, 25-11, 25-12).

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