2015-11-12 / Sports

Atherton, Genesee Christian clinch district volleyball titles

By Sports Staff

The Atherton volleyball team is all smiles posing with their district trophy. The Atherton volleyball team is all smiles posing with their district trophy. FLINT – The Lady Wolverines moved on to the regional final to face Brown City today after taking down Cornerstone Academy in the Bendle regional on Tuesday, 25-11, 25-16, 25-10. Sydney Ackerman put up 19 assists and eight aces and Kesley Felax added three kills.

“It was a good win,” said Atherton coach Chuck Vierk. “Anytime you can win in the regional rounds it’s a big feat. The ladies played well and we have to keep playing like a team. The more we play like a team the better we play. Brown City is a good team and we have to be ready to play.”

Shelby Pomeroy had two kills, Alisa Newsom had 10 kills, three assists and three aces and Tatum Lambert added one kill, two digs and five aces. Haille Genella had three kills and three aces, Shelby Hamilla totaled five kills, one dig and four aces, Sabrina Seymour tallied a dig, Grace Rowan had one dig and one ace and Emily Williamson had one dig.

The Genesee Christian volleyball team shows they are the No. 1 team at ther district. The Genesee Christian volleyball team shows they are the No. 1 team at ther district. It was a triumphant district playoff for Atherton, taking down rival Bentley in the Class C district title game at Flint Hamady last Thursday, 25-14, 25-19, 25-9. Ackerman had one kill, one dig, 23 assists and six aces while Felax added four kills, three digs and one ace.

Pomeroy totaled one kill and one solo block, Newsom had 10 kills, five assists and four aces, Lambert had one kill, eight digs and four aces, Genella tallied five kills, four digs, one assist and one ace and Hamilla added eight kills, two digs and six aces.

“I am extremely proud of my girls tonight,” said Vierk. “They played extremely well and as a team. This was one of our goals from the start of the season and to see the girls accomplish this is truly special. They worked their tails off for this and came out on top. Hats off to Bentley because they are well coached, hustled and played really hard.

“They are a good team and gave us a big fight. My ladies know that this moment is special but that it cannot last because we have to get ready for our next opponent in regionals. We are getting stronger down the stretch as a team and that is an amazing feeling, as well.”

The Lady Wolverines advanced to the district championship game after routing Madison Academy in the semifinal last Wednesday, 25-9, 25-8, 25-7.

“I am proud of my girls to say the least,” said Vierk. “They played really well tonight and worked their tails off to get the chance to play in the district championship game.”

Ackerman had one kill, one dig, 18 assists and eight serving aces, Felax added three kills, two assists and five aces, Pomeroy had five kills, Newsom totaled five kills, two assists and three aces and Lambert had one dig and three aces.

Genella recorded three kills and eight aces, Hamilla had five kills, one dig and 13 aces, Grace Rowan tacked on three aces and Rachel Morales had one assist.

“We know that Bentley is going to give us a fight because they are well coached and tough to boot,” added Vierk. “We just have to stay focused on the task at hand and keep working on our goal.”

After beating Bendle in the district semis 25-16, 25-15, 25-21 last Wednesday, Bentley coach Chynna Blaker said, “A new trend is arising at Bentley Schools and our match last night was proof.”

Katelylnn Baker had three kills, two blocks, three aces and three digs and Elizabeth Ludwig had three kills, two blocks, three aces and two digs. Taylor Renshaw had one ace and five digs, Sylvanah Beagle had two kills, two aces and five digs and Tashira Hall had one block and three aces.

“The match last night (Wednesday) was our best one yet, the girls took control of the first set early on and sprinted to the finish line with it,” said Blaker. “That match was a showcase of what we have been working on here at Bentley and boy, oh boy, was it fun to watch. As a coach, I had goosebumps and tears sitting behind my eyes; it is absolutely amazing to see the girls work as a dynamic team right in front of your eyes, backing each other up, letting go of the errors and striving for success.” – B.P/L.P.

Class D at Genesee Christian

Genesee Christian’s season came to an end in the regional semifinal on Tuesday, falling to Caseville 14-25, 25-21, 21-25, 16-25. Gabrielle Carpenter had 12 kills, Alexis Van Valin put up five kills, Angela White had six kills, Hollie Epperson recorded four kills and Katie Carver had 27 assists.

“Congratulations to Caseville for their victory tonight,” said Genesee Christian coach Carrie Snyder. “They played very well and are a defensively strong team. They made it very hard to earn a point. We struggled with our consistency tonight. Overall we played very well but just didn’t capitalize at the right times. However, I am very proud of them and how hard they played.”

The Lady Soldiers wrapped up a district championship at home last Thursday, knocking off the Swartz Creek Valley School 25-11, 25-17, 25-11. Katie Carver racked up five aces and 19 assists while Alexis Van Valin added four aces and Angela White had seven kills. - B.P.

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