LELAND — In a back-and-forth match, Leland outlasted Traverse City St. Francis to claim a five-game volleyball match Wednesday.
The Comets won 25-20, 13-25, 25-20, 16-25, 15-11 to get back to .500 at 6-6-3.
“The momentum shifted on every game,” Leland coach Laurie Glass said. “It was a game of passing and serving. When our passing went awry, so did our game.”
Leland was led by individual performances by Noa Yaakoby (11 kills, 15 digs), Felicia Whittaker (nine kills, two blocks), Maddie Trumbull (seven kills, two blocks), Heather Burns (four kills, 13 digs, four blocks), Caitlin McKee (two aces, 27 assists) and Miranda Harrison (11 digs).
“It was an excellent match,” Glass said. “I hope we could play them over and over and over. I think we’d go about .500, but it would be fantastic.”
St. Francis setter Laura Kirchofer left the match with an ankle injury in the fifth game and Leland up 12-9. Gladiators co-coach Heather Simpson said Kirchofer will have tests done on the ankle.
The Glads (10-4) were paced by Madeline Rysztak (15 kills, 24 digs), Megan Knudsen (six aces, seven kills) and Kirchofer (32 assists).
St. Francis goes to the Muskegon Western Michigan Christian Warrior Showdown on Saturday.
TC West 3
TC Central 0
Traverse City West won the first of two crosstown rivalry matchups with Traverse City Central, 25-16, 25-22, 25-13.
“West played really well and they’re just a better team than us,” Central coach Mike Kelly said.
Kelly cited sophomore libero Tara Ferguson as the Trojans’ top performer. No results for TC West were submitted.
Central (0-1 Big North Conference) hosts Cadillac on Monday.
Northport earned a four-game victory over Buckley as the Wildcats won 25-20, 25-19, 17-25, 25-17.
For the day, Northport was led by Maeve Elflen (five kills, two digs), Kaelyn Tarsa (four aces, two kills), Autumn Huck (four digs, six kills, two aces), Anna Hagstrom (three digs, two kills), Mariah Kalchik (four blocks, two aces, four kills), Megan Popp (17 assists, four digs, three kills), Sarah Schaub (two digs, one kill) and Ashley Pino (three digs, four aces, four kills).
Northport travels Tuesday to McBain for a tri meet.
Forest Area 1
Johannesburg-Lewiston posted a four-game win in Forest Area’s Ski Valley Conference opener.
The Cardinals won 17-25, 25-17, 25-10, 25-14.
Forest Area (3-8, 0-1 SVC) was led by Tabitha Cecil (12 kills, 13 digs, five blocks), Cami Campbell (10 digs, three kills, three aces), Alyssa Birgy (14 digs, three aces), Dani Johne (14 assists) and Jackie Hyatt (floor game).
The Warriors head to the Manton Invitational on Saturday.
Elk Rapids 5
Garrett Koss scored two goals to help Elk Rapids pull away from Grayling the second half of a 5-2 Lake Michigan Conference victory.
The Vikings and Elks were tied 1-1 at halftime.
Andy Atkinson, Hector Barcenas and Preston McDowell each added goals and Jackson Waugh made eight saves in goal for the Elks (2-2, 2-0 LMC), who host the Cherry-Ke Tournament on Saturday, featuring Cadillac, Tawas and Leland.
Mason Co. Cent. 1
Leland jumped out to a 2-0 lead en route to a 2-1 win over Mason County Central.
Junior Cam Stowe scored from 12 yards out in the first five minute and freshman Noah Fetterolf game the Comets a 2-0 lead on a shot from the top right of the 18 with an assist from Mike Osorio.
Mike Farese was in goal and made six saves.
Leland (3-1) opens conference play at Northport tonight.
TCSF wins pair of dual matches
Traverse City St. Francis won 14 of 16 matches in posted a pair of dual-meet victories.
The Gladiators topped the Traverse City Central JV Black 6-2 and Glen Lake 8-0.
Double winners for the Glads included singles players Sam Holmes, Gus Danz and Jack Krcmarik and doubles flights Blake Bandrowski/Brady Ray, Jay Jones/Nathan Tafelski and Tyler Stigarelli/Ryan Navin.
Patrick Burke and Jackson Richmond/Victor Casler added a win each for TCSF.
TC Central JV Black’s wins came from Ben Grams and Luke Smith/Noah McKenzie.
St. Francis is 5-1 in duals and takes on Division 4 No. 1-ranked Ann Arbor Greenhills in Lansing on Friday.
Bullough takes first Manton Invitational
Traverse City St. Francis won the girls division of the nine-team Manton Invitational.
However, the Gladiators’ victory didn’t count because the event is scored with a combined boys and girls score, and TCSF’s boys did not field a full squad.
Holly Bullough won the girls meet with an adjusted time of 18:23 and St. Francis had seven runners in the top 20.
Due to the adjusted times from staggered starts, the times doesn’t exactly line up with places sometimes, but Gabby Fournier was 11th (23:14), Emily Gallagher 12th (22:17), Grace Jones 14th (22:40), Annie Lyman 17th (21:47), Suzanne Britten 18th (23:23) and Blair Dzierwa 19th (22:25).
TC West JV 54
Ogemaw Hts. JV 20
Jack Bishop scored three touchdowns as Traverse City West posted a 54-20 junior varsity victory over Ogemaw Heights.
Bishop scored from 20, 10 and 4 yards out, and also added three two-point conversions.
Dan Phifer had a pair of 6-yard TD runs and a two-point conversion, and Zach Zoutendam (35) and Noah Weichert (12) also had touchdown rushes. Tyler Cypher tossed one two-point conversion to Taylor McWethy.
The Titan (1-1) defense was paced by Trevor Goudey, who had an interception and led the Titans in tackles. Joe Leal also picked off a pass.
— Compiled by James Cook