2018-09-13 / Sports

Atherton comes up short in volleyball

By Sports Staff

Atherton’s Taylor Rowan prepares to serve against Montrose last season. Photo by Brandon Pope Atherton’s Taylor Rowan prepares to serve against Montrose last season. Photo by Brandon Pope MORRICE – The Atherton volleyball team lost at Morrice on Tuesday, 18-25, 26-28, 25-19, 25-19, 12-15. Abby Newsom came up with five digs, KayLynn Chilton had six kills, one solo block, five assisted blocks, five digs and one ace and Taylor Rowan three solo blocks, four assisted blocks, five digs, 25 assists and one ace.

“We played well, but some untimely errors hurt us at key moments,” said Atherton coach Chuck Vierk. “But I am very happy with how my girls played and how hard they worked tonight. They played with an energy that is contagious to play with and we are doing a great job of that.

“We showed that we can play some very high caliber ball and the team energy was amazing. I know that we will learn from this and bounce back because even the girls knew that we played well but just ran out of time. We have a big game vs. Bendle on Thursday at home and it should be an exciting game. We just have to keep working toward the next day to be better and grow from our losses.”

Sarah McFarlane recorded six digs, Alexis Morgan had 26 digs and four aces and Taylor Crane two kills, two digs, 22 assists and two aces. Rachel Morales totaled 20 kills, two assisted blocks, 10 digs and four aces and Janessa Rivera added seven kills and one assisted block. With 12 kills, one assisted block and four digs was Laura Morgan.

The Lady Wolverines were 1-3-1 at the Croswell- Lexington Tournament on Saturday. They lost to Almont, 11-25, 20-25, as well as Port Huron Northern, 18-25, 19-25. Atherton then capped off pool play with a split against Sandusky, 25-18, 26-27. In the bracket, the Wolverines topped Bad Axe, 25-19, 25-23, before falling to Yale in the semifinal, 18-25, 15-25.

“We knew going into this tournament that we were going to see some very good competition and we got exactly what we wanted,” said Vierk. “We not only saw some great competition, but our ladies stepped up and played extremely well throughout the tournament. We competed and could have won a few more sets, but made some timely errors against good teams down the stretch that hurt us.

“But this is the best part about tournaments, that we got the chance to see great competition that we typically do not see throughout the year and we also saw what needs to be fixed to help us down the line. I am happy with how my team played and we start to hit the heart of our league schedule now, which is why we like these tough tournaments. Overall, happy as a coach, but I know the girls are hungry to get better.”

Laura Morgan totaled 17 kills, 13 digs, three assists and six aces, Rivera added seven kills and Morales 18 kills, one solo block, 12 digs and nine aces. Crane had two kills, one assisted block, one dig, 28 assists and three aces and Alexis Morgan four kills, 42 digs, one assist, 10 aces and was 48-of- 51 serving.

Rowan accumulated one kill, two digs, eight aces and was 30-of-34 serving and Chilton had 10 kills, one solo block, one assisted block, three digs and four aces. Newsom put up 14 digs and seven aces and Isabella Platman had 14 digs.

The Wolverines won a closely-contested match 25-23, 25-14, 24-26, 25-21 at home last Thursday over Flint. Laura Morgan put up five kills, two digs, one assist and one ace and Rivera had three kills. Morales totaled six kills, two digs and two aces and with three kills, three digs, 15 assists and two aces was Crane.

Alexis Morgan added one kill, 12 digs and six aces, McFarlane had two digs and Rowan one kill, two digs, seven assists and five aces. Chilton recorded five kills and one dig, Newsom had four digs and two aces and Platman two digs.

“We struggled with consistency tonight,” said Vierk. “Even though we won, we still did not do quite a few things right today. It was just an off day and we will fix it up in practice. As I have said before, we have to learn to play with a more consistent and aggressive edge instead of letting teams back into games. This will come with time and work. The girls are doing a lot well, but we have to get more consistent play across the board. Overall, it was a good win and we move on to the next one.” – B.P.

BENDLE: Bendle fell to Goodrich 25-7,25-21, 25-7 on Tuesday. Addison Letourneau had 11 points, four aces, three kills and three digs. Heather Ward added three assists, four points, two kills and three digs. Morgan Gilkes chipped in four points, three kills and three digs. Alaya Allen had three points, two kills and two digs and Sanaa Williams added two kills and two blocks.

The Lady Tigers were at the Birch Run Invite on Saturday where they were knocked out of the Silver bracket after losing to Gladwin 25-16, 25-10.

Heather Ward had 26 points, 10 assists, six aces, four kills and two digs. Letourneau added 21 points, two aces, 10 kills and four digs. Williams had nine kills and four blocks. Allen added 10 assists, eight points and two aces. Gilkes chipped in four points, three aces and one kill. Maliah Spencer and Hannah Lengel added 10 points and six digs each.

Bendle is at Atherton today and hosts Genesee Christian on Tuesday. – K.R.

BENTLEY: The Lady Bulldogs lost 25-21, 11-25, 18-25, 25-23, 10-15 at Flint Hamady on Tuesday.

Makalie Williamson went 37-for-38 setting with 25 assists, while Halle Ballard was 20-for-22 setting with 18 assists.

Eva Lakes went 19-for-23 hitting while adding 11 kills, two blocks and nine digs and Lillian Perron was 18-for-26 hitting with eight kills and 16 digs. Akeria Richardson went 8-for- 12 hitting with three kills and 14 digs and with 20 digs was Alivia Gonzalez. – B.P.

KEARSLEY: The Lady Hornets lost to Centreville 2-0 at the Birch Run Tournament Saturday. No stats were reported. — J.O.

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