PETOSKEY — Traverse City West clinched the Big North Conference volleyball title outright Wednesday night — without coach Emily Baumann.
Baumann was in the hospital, awaiting to give birth.
With Lydia Lovejoy and Emily Noss filling in on the bench, the Titans defeated Petoskey 25-10, 25-9, 25-21.
“They played really well,” Noss, the JV coach, said. “They didn’t need much coaching. They went in and took care of business. They had fun. They were very fluid, very smooth. That’s one of the best (matches) I’ve seen them play this year.”
The Titans are now 11-0 in the league and finish up Big North play next Wednesday with Gaylord.
West, 32-8-1 overall, was led by Katie Placek (15 kills, nine digs), Anna O’Hara (14 kills, two digs), Ally Peters (16 digs), Olivia Bishop (six kills, four blocks) and Mattison Mokanyk (six aces, 36 assists).
The West JV won 16-25, 25-13, 25-16 behind the play of Emily Nunemaker (14 kills, three digs), Lexi Peters (seven kills), Riley Fedewa (three kills, three blocks), Sarah Patten (five kills), Victoria Green (22 digs) and Makenna Mattson (two aces, one kills, five digs). The Titans are now 10-1 in the league.
TC Central sweeps; St. Francis splits
Traverse City Central improved to 25-12-2 by beating Ogemaw Heights 20-25, 25-15, 25-12, 25-19 and St. Francis 25-19, 25-20.
It was the final home match for five seniors — Devon Dotterrer, Callie Bartkowiak, Jessie Kushner, Kylie Kowal and Irene Pozzi. Dotterrer finished with 58 assists, Bartkowiak four aces and seven kills, Kushner eight aces and 16 kills and Kowal 18 kills. In addition, Carissa Bartkowiak added 11 kills and four blocks. Coach Mike Kelly praised the play of sophomores Emily Jenkins and Cara Ferguson, who play in the back. They had 15 digs apiece.
St. Francis finished 1-1 on the night. The Gladiators, 33-14-1 overall, beat Ogemaw Heights 25-21, 25-21 in their other match. Leading the way: Madeline Rysztak (15 kills, eight digs), Megan Knudsen (26 assists, five aces) and Sophie Spencer (eight kills, eight digs, three aces).
St. Francis plays at Suttons Bay next Wednesday.