From staff reports
TRAVERSE CITY — Traverse City West put the wraps on a perfect 12-0 Big North Conference volleyball season Wednesday night with a 25-22, 25-7, 25-14 win over Gaylord.
“Honestly, the conference has gotten stronger,” Titans coach Emily Baumann said. “A lot of the teams have improved. They’ve made us a better team because they’ve pushed us to play better. I’m super proud of the team. Being 12-0 is not easy. Everyone is out to get you in the second round once you go 6-0.”
West was led by Anna O’Hara (21 kills, five digs), Matti Mokanyk (32 assists, five digs), Ally Peters (19 digs), Kimmy Bilinski (six kills, nine digs) and Katie Placek (eight kills, eight digs, four blocks).
West opens district play Monday at Alpena.
The Titans JV team completed play with an 11-1 league record after a 25-14, 25-18, 25-14 win over Gaylord.
Emily Nunemaker (five kills, nine digs), Emma VanderMuelen (one ace, one kill, 30 assists, 10 digs), Kara Rickenberg (one kill, four digs), Makenna Mattson (one ace, two kills, seven digs), Sarah Patten (four aces, five kills, one assist, three digs) and Stephanie DeVries (two kills, one assist, three digs) powered the Titans.
Gladiators sweep quad at Suttons Bay
St. Francis tuned up for next week’s district by sweeping a quad at Suttons Bay
The Gladiators (36-14-1) beat Suttons Bay 25-23, 25-15; Leland 25-12, 25-12; and Lake City 25-13, 25-18.
“They played great,” St. Francis co-coach Heather Simpson said. “It’s nice to see them play this well. They brought it tonight.”
St. Francis, which hosts Glen Lake in a first-round district game Monday, was paced by Madeline Rysztak (32 kills, 11 digs, eight blocks), Olivia Hardy (six blocks, seven kills), Sophie Spencer (nine kills, six aces), Haley Bussell (20 digs, six kills, two blocks), Nicole Ehardt (11 digs, nine aces).
Leland won two of three matches, beating Lake City 25-17, 25-15 and Suttons Bay 24-26, 25-13, 15-6.
Leland (30-14-8) was led by Noa Yaakoby (23 kills, seven aces, 14 digs), Maddie Trumbull (18 kills, two blocks), Whitney Schaub (three aces, 24 digs), Caitlin McKee (30 assists) and Jessica Fleis (23 assists).
Suttons Bay defeated Lake City 25-17, 25-21 to finish 1-2 on the night and 23-17-5 for the season. The Norse, who face Leland next Wednesday in district play, were led by Delaney Kaufman (four aces, two assists, 16 kills, three blocks, three digs), Jayne McFarlane (nine aces, 47 assists, three kills, three digs), Jessica Hunt (nine aces, 16 kills, one block, one dig), Kendall Schaub (four aces, two assists, five digs), Kyra Vezina (six aces, two assists, 13 kills, two blocks), Veronica Anderson (three aces, four assists, nine kills, one block) and Rachel Pasche (one assist, 10 kills, five digs).
Kingsley to host match during school
Kingsley will host a volleyball quad in front of the entire student body Friday.
The volleyball match will replace the typical fall pep-assembly. All other fall sports teams will be recognized during play, as done in a typical pep-assembly.
Roscommon, Central Lake and Boyne City will take part.
Kingsley coach Dave Hall said the atmosphere will help the team prepare for districts, which start next week.
Athletic Director James Hogan said it will also “expose a sport that isn’t always greatly attended by the students and we’re hoping this is step one to changing that”.
Students will be dismissed from their 8th period classes at 2:25 p.m. to make it down to the gym. The first serve is at 2:30.