2017-11-09 / Sports

Area volleyball teams ousted from playoffs

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Atherton coach Chuck Vierk counsels his team during the district final at Bendle last Thursday. 
Photo by Brandon Pope Atherton coach Chuck Vierk counsels his team during the district final at Bendle last Thursday. Photo by Brandon Pope BURTON – Despite a valiant effort, the Atherton volleyball team lost to Montrose 21-25, 14-25, 25-17, 15-25 in the Class C district final at Bendle last Thursday.

Laura Morgan put up one kill, one assisted block, one dig and 11 assists, Rachel Morales had seven kills and five digs and Alexis Morgan 12 digs, one assist and six aces.

Rayona Price recorded four digs, Jesse Newsom had six kills and four digs and KayLynn Chilton four kills. With one kill, three digs and three aces was Abby Newsom, Ciara Lilly added seven kills, three solo blocks, one assisted block and one ace and Taylor Rowan one dig, 13 assists and four aces.

“It is always rough when your season comes to an end but when you lose in the district final its heartbreaking,” said coach Chuck Vierk. “We had the talent to win tonight but Montrose fought hard and came out on top. We had too many untimely errors that ended up leading to a snowball effect at times where we couldn’t seem to gain any ground.

“We know we are a better team than what we showed tonight and it is unfortunate we had to go out like this. We graduate four great seniors in Rayona Price, Jesse Newsom, Kimani Ingram, and Ciara Lilly, who were great leaders for our girls tonight. I am very proud of my team and all we have accomplished this year. We got back on track after a rough last year and made some huge strides as a team and we cannot wait to get back into it for next year”

The Lady Wolverines advanced to the district title game after disposing of Flint Beecher in the semifinal last Wednesday, 25-10, 25-18, 19-25, 25-19. Laura Morgan had one kill, four digs and five assists, Morales added five kills, seven digs, two aces and one solo block and Alexis Morgan had 16 digs and five aces.

Price put up four digs, Jesse Newsom had three kills, six digs and a solo block and Chilton three kills and two solo blocks. With three digs and four aces was Abby Newsom, Lilly added five kills and three aces and Rowan had a dig, five assists and two aces.

“It was a tough win but we survived and are moving on,” said Vierk after the semifinal win. “The regular season standings do not matter in the playoffs so at any time or moment, someone can win regardless of regular season wins and losses. Beecher played tough and were very scrappy and hats off to their coach and players. I am proud of my girls as they rallied together to take a win. If you are not focused and hustling 100 percent of the time during the playoffs you will get bounced and we were able to maintain that focus for most of the match. We play a tough Montrose team tonight for the District title and we know that they are tough but if we can play and we can push our tempo than we will compete for the title.” – B.P.

Bentley lost to Montrose 12-25, 16-25, 17-25 in the district semifinal last Wednesday night.

Morgan Ludwig led the Lady Bulldogs setting 48-for-50 with 10 assists and 11 digs, while also hitting 22-for-24 with three kills. Addison LeTourneau hit 21-for-31 with 17 digs, seven kills and one assist and also served 15-for-15 with four aces. Kilee Leonard hit 31-for-34 with seven digs, four kills and one assist. Leonard also served 4-for-4. Alexis Crane hit 7-for-7 with a kill and an assist, while serving 8-for- 8. Taylor Crane set 22-for-23 with two assists and hit 7-for-7 with a kill. Makayla LeTourneau hit 5-for-6 with a kill and served 4-for-4. — J.O.

Class A at Kearsley

The Hornets lost to Davison 3-0 in the district semifinals last Wednesday.

Davison then beat Mount Morris 3-0 to win the district championship last Thursday night. Mount Morris beat Lapeer 3-2 in the semifinals the evening prior to advance. No stats or scores were reported for any of these matches. Davison moved on to play yesterday in the regionals at Mt. Pleasant. — J.O.

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