Traverse City St. Francis won the Lake Michigan Conference championship tournament with a commanding performance.
The Gladiators defeated Charlevoix 25-20, 25-9 in the title match after the Rayders knocked off top-seeded Boyne City in the semifinals.
Boyne had gone undefeated in match play during the regular season to earn the top seed, but it was St. Francis clinching the LMC hardware.
“We played lights out,” Glads co-coach Heather Simpson said. “We couldn’t ask for a better day.”
The Glads (30-12-1, 12-1 LMC) had swept Kalkaska and East Jordan and earned a 25-22, 20-25, 15-9 win over Charlevoix in pool play, then swept Elk Rapids, Grayling in bracket play to get a shot at avenging their only game setback of the day in a rematch with the Rayders to earn TCSF’s second straight league crown.
St. Francis was led for the day by Madeline Rysztak (39 kills, 27 digs, 14 aces), Sophie Spencer (30 kills, 14 aces, 43 digs), Megan Knudsen (122 assists, 20 aces), Olivia Hardy (11 kills, six blocks), Haley Bussell (19 kills, 31 digs), Julianna Phillips (15 kills, six blocks) and Nicole Ehardt (38 digs).
The Glads travel Wednesday to Traverse City Central for a tri match with Ogemaw Heights.
GTA in Glen
Lake Invite quarters
Grand Traverse Academy advanced to the quarterfinals before a 25-17, 25-18 setback to Mason County Central.
In pool play, the Mustangs topped the hosts, split with Manistee and fell to Central Lake.
For the afternoon, GT Academy was led by Hannah Sivek (seven kills), Haley Cassell (seven kills), Alayna Peck (five kills), Darien Wilson (seven aces, four digs) and Kennedy Riebschleiger (four digs). The Mustangs — who travel Monday to McBain Northern Michigan Christian — also had big contributions from Cassell, Brittany Wright and Sheyenne Nagy, who were called up from the junior varsity for the tourney.
TC West JV wins Gaylord Invitational
Traverse City West topped Traverse City Central in two games to claim the championship at the Gaylord JV Invitational.