From staff reports
It took Traverse City West about 11 hours to drive to and from Marquette on Wednesday.
It took the Titans less than an hour to dispose of the Redettes 25-7, 25-11, 25-11 in a Class A district semifinal volleyball match.
“We were scrappy,” West coach Emily Baumann said. “We did not give them a chance to get any motion going.”
The win puts the 35-8-1 Titans into Saturday’s championship game opposite Traverse City Central. That game will be at 1 p.m. at West.
The Titans made quick work of Marquette. Leading the way: Katie Placek (10 kills, two blocks, three digs), Anna O’Hara (nine kills), Mattie Mokanyk (four aces, four kills, 28 assists), Marie Savoie (seven kills), Kimmy Bilinski (five kills, five digs) and Ally Peters (eight digs).
Central had a tougher time before turning back Petoskey on the road 26-28, 25-23, 25-20, 25-9. The Trojans were facing a possible 0-2 deficit after falling behind 23-22 in the second game.
“We were able to turn it around,” Central coach Mike Kelly said. “Our girls were patient and stuck with it.”
Kelly said the Trojans came out attacking, but Petoskey’s defense was superb.
“They were digging everything up,” he said. “That’s the best defense we’ve seen.”
The Trojans, now 29-13-3, were paced by Devin Dotterrer (21 assists, three aces), Carissa Bartkowiak (nine kills, two blocks), Callie Bartkowiak (24 assists, eight kills, one block), Kiley Kowal (13 kills, four blocks), Jessica Kushner (10 kills, three blocks), Sierra Fraser (eight kills, two blocks), Irene Pozzi (11 digs) and Cara Ferguson (11 digs).
Mason CC 0
One down, one to go for Kingsley, which beat Mason County Central 25-21, 25-19, 25-19 to reach the district final here Friday.
Kingsley, now 48-9-6, was paced by Autumn Goggin (13 kills, 22 digs), Alysia Folkersma (seven kills, two blocks, three aces), Leah Hall (seven kills, 36 assists, 10 digs, 14 of 14 serving), Lilly Travis (eight kills, 21 digs, 10 of 10 serving), Lindsey Weber (22 digs, 16 of 16 serving), Molly Franke (three kills, three blocks), Arianna Hart (13 of 14 serving, four digs) and Kelsey Graham (two kills, three blocks).