2018-11-08 / Sports

Leland defeats Hillman, advances to regional final

by Grant McPherson
of the Enterprise staff


HANNA ELWELL jumps up to spike the ball over a Hillman blocker Tuesday in the regional semifinal match at Bellaire high school. HANNA ELWELL jumps up to spike the ball over a Hillman blocker Tuesday in the regional semifinal match at Bellaire high school. Leland runs past Hillman

After taking the state championship in soccer, the Leland volleyball team has a little extra spark.

Leland ran past Hillman Tuesday in straight sets by scores of 25-9, 25-14 and 25-12. The Comets advance to the Regional Final and will face off against Bellaire at Bellaire high school today at 7 p.m.

“I was really pleased with how we came out in the first set,” Leland coach Laurie Glass said. “I thought we were running our attack early on, but took our foot off the gas pedal a little bit in the second set. But after having a conversation, they came back out in the third set and did their jobs.”

Allie Martin compiled 11 aces, nine kills and seven digs for the Comets. Ella Siddall added one ace, 27 assists and two digs. Hanna Elwell added 12 kills and three digs, while Maddy Grosvenor had eight aces and one dig.


LELAND COACH Laurie Glass and Ella Siddall, from left, talk during the district final match Friday at Leland Public Schools. LELAND COACH Laurie Glass and Ella Siddall, from left, talk during the district final match Friday at Leland Public Schools. Mia Osorio had three aces, four assists and four digs for Leland. Sarah Elwell had six kills and one dig, while Tatum Kareck added two kills and four digs.

“It’s always exciting to win at this level,” Glass said. “We were only concerned with Hillman tonight and we will know at the end of tonight (Tuesday) who our opponent will be for Thursday.”

The Comets have been competing in practice the way they compete on the floor in matches. Leland comes with intensity, and has a little added extra boost.

“They are really fired up with boys soccer team winning the state championship,” Glass said. “It adds a nice little fuel, which is exciting. Our practices have been very intense and very competitive, and everyone is contributing.”

The Comets were fired up in their match against Hillman Tuesday, and the players are excited to be in the postseason. With the regional championship tonight and a quarterfinal match before, the Comets will be in search of their third final four in four years.

“We’re happy to be at this point of the season, we are glad its do or die time,” Glass said. “We have to manage our level of activation and make sure we aren’t overwhelmed going into a match. In this kind of match, it is easy to get overwhelmed in warmups.”

Leland sweeps TC Christian for District title

Leland opened the postseason with a victory against Buckley, and then faced off against Traverse City Christian Friday for the district title.

Leland swept the Sabres in straight sets by scores of 25-13, 25-7 and 25-19 to capture the district title in its home gym.

Tatum Kareck compiled two aces, two kills and six digs. Allie Martin added four aces, nine kills and 13 digs. Ella Siddall had two aces, four kills, 29 assists and seven digs. Hanna Elwell added 10 kills and four digs, and Gillian Grobbel had one ace, four kills and three digs.

Mattie Burda had 11 digs, and Mia Osorio added one ace, two assists and eight digs for the Comets.

Leland moved on to face off against Hillman Tuesday at Bellaire in the regional semifinal match.

Leland defeats short-handed Buckley

A team with just six players strolled into Leland Public School.

Leland defeated Buckley in two sets after a Buckley player injured her leg. The match was called to avoid more injuries. The Comets moved on to face Traverse City Christian Friday at Leland Public School for the district championship.

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