Croswell-Lexington girls alone at top of BWAC
ARMADA - The Cros-Lex volleyball team took an important step toward its fourth straight BWAC title last Tuesday by knocking off Armada in four games, 25-22, 27-25, 19-25, 24-14.
The Lady Pioneers, who have won the outright league championship the last two seasons, are now 3-0 while Armada, 2-1, shares second with Richmond and Yale.
Defense was one big key for Cros-Lex in the win over the Tigers, according to Pioneer coach Ryan Wilson.
"We knew Armada was really strong up the middle and on the right side, so we made a pretty significant personnel and positioning adjustment and the girls executed it to perfection.
"We were in their face constantly and our blockers' discipline allowed the defense to read where the ball was going; therefore, giving the defense a lane to fill," added Wilson. "This resulted in some really solid team defense."
Wilson, in his second season as head coach, also credited the serve receive group of Kylee Barrett, Brooke Smith, and Sadi Overland. "(They) have been working really hard in practice to sure up our serve receive and it paid off by allowing us to run our offense at a high level of efficiency."
Barrett, Smith and Overland combined for 70 serve receptions, plus 60 digs. Meanwhile, Smith led the team in kills with 23 and Jessica Newberry followed with 14. The two combined for eight blocks.
Setter Erin Tait finished with 42 assists and also added 19 digs. Barrett had 16 service points.
Roseville quad: The Lady Pioneers improved their season record to 31-3-4 on Wednesday when they won a trio of matches in a non-league quadrangular meet at Roseville. They defeated Clintondale (25-7, 25-14), Roseville ( 29-27, 22-25, 25-18), and Warren Woods Tower (25-13, 25-15).
Rachel Soper did most of the setting on the day and finished with 47 assists and added 14 digs and six kills. Barrett, playing throughout the rotation, finished with 28 service points, 13 aces, 13 kills, 15 assists and 20 digs. Smith had 24 kills, 23 service points (8 aces) and Newberry had 16 kills. Rachel Schadd, Allie Faszczewski, Rachael Czarnecki and Alessa Calamita combined for another 28 kills and Courtney Farr had 18 digs.
Lady Devils 4-1 in East
BROWN CITY - Trying to stay on track for a rematch with Ubly in mid-October, the Brown City volleyball team knocked off rival Marlette for the second time this season.
The Lady Green Devils raised their GTC East record to 4-1 on Thursday night by sweeping the Lady Red Raiders, 25-22, 25- 17, 25-17. BC, now 4-1 in division play, will host Ubly, the East leader (5-0) on October 15 in a contest that could have title implications.
In Thursday night's win at home, Brown City had a great serving night from junior Skye Willer, who finished with 13 aces. Kelly Wheeler continued her play at the net with eight kills and four blocks and had help up front from Kara Muxlow with eight kills and three aces. Kristie Wheeler added four kills and Abby Kaufman totaled five aces.
Brown City 25, 33, 25 Sandusky 12, 31, 14: The Lady Devils bounced back from their loss at Ubly the week before by sweeping Sandusky in GTC East play on Tuesday night.
Kelly Wheeler had another big night up front for BC, finishing with 14 kills (.666 hitting percentage) and seven blocks. Delivering some strong all-round play again was Willer with seven kills, 13 digs and six aces. Also aiding the cause were: Kaufman five kills, four blocks; Stephanie Jurgess 15 assists; Lexi Mason 12 assists; Kristie Wheeler five kills; and, Jordan Jones 15 digs.
Sandusky, which lost Miara Okie, a top hitter/ blocker, to injury during the pre-game warm-ups, had eight kills each from Audrey Bracken and Brooke Krueger.
Mt. Morris Inv.: This past Saturday, Brown City improved its record to 17-9-2 on the season at the Mt. Morris Invitational.
Before losing to L'Anse Creuse, 14-25, 25- 22, 14-16, in the playoff title contest, the Lady Devils knocked off Bad Axe (25-26, 28-26) in the semifinals. In pool play, they were 2-0-1, defeating Pinconning (25-17, 25-17) and Lansing Christian (25-22, 25-22) and splitting with Portland 25-20, 18-25).
Wheeler was a spark at the net with 26 kills and 25 blocks for the tournament while Muxlow was close behind with 20 kills and 17 blocks. Other stat leaders on the day were; Kaufman with 15 kills, 34 digs; Kristie Wheeler 20 kills; Willer 18 kills, 48 digs, 11 blocks; Jurgess 46 assists, 19 digs; Mason 44 assists, 20 digs, five aces; and, Jones 42 digs.
Marlette 25, 25, 25 Memphis 13, 14, 16: The Lady Raiders won their second straight match in league play on Tuesday with the sweep of the Yellowjackets.
Lily Solgat led the Marlette serving with 16 points, including four aces. Haley Cross and Kristen Rienstra (3 aces) added nine and eight points, respectively. At the net, Rienstra and Keara Wilson connected for seven kills apiece.
Lady Tigers move into Stripes lead
KINDE - After starting off the league season with two straight losses, the CPS Tigers have now put together three consecutive wins and taken over sole possession of first place in the NCTL Stripes Division.
The Tigers, now 3-2 in the division, turned back North Huron in a four-game battle, 23- 25, 25-14, 25-14, 25-19, this past Thursday evening.
Consistent serving was one key for CPS on the night. Gabrielle Frostic led that category for the Lady Tigers with 12 points, including two aces. Sarah Albrecht followed with 11 points (3 aces) and Kyanne Washe had eight points (3 aces). Albrecht, a senior, also finished with a game-high 10 kills while Katelyn Frostic and Washe were next with seven and four.
CPS 25, 25, 25 Caseville 10, 13, 19: Coming off their championship at their own CPS Invitational, the Lady Tigers stopped the Eagles in three games in an NCTL match on Tuesday.
Albrecht led the attacking with nine kills and also finished with seven service points and two aces. Monica Falls had a strong serving night with 16 points and three aces, and also had seven assists. Also with significant stats were Kyanna Washe with 12 points, four aces, five kills and Amber DiRusso with seven points and two aces.
Lady 'Skins fall to division leader
UBLY - The Ubly Bearcats try to set the tone of every game they play by putting forth a stingy defensive effort. As the Sandusky Redskins found out, that was the case again on Thursday night.
The Lady' Skins were swept in three game by the Bearcats, 13-25, 19-25, 15-25, in the GTC East contest. The loss left Sandusky at 3-3 in the East while Ubly remained on top by improving to 6-0.
"We couldn't get anything going," said Kristen Guibord, Sandusky head coach. "It was just a bad night."
With outstanding senior hitter Miara Okie still ailing from a dislocated toe suffered earlier in the week, Sandusky was led at the net by Brooke Krueger with six kills and Audrey Bracken with 11 blocks. Setter Amanda Bartle finished with 15 assists.