Morley Stanwood volleyball improves to 6-1 in CSAA with win against White Cloud

BUMP: Morley Stanwood’s Rachel McNeil bumps the ball against the Indians. (Courtesy photo/Danielle Brennan)

BUMP: Morley Stanwood’s Rachel McNeil bumps the ball against the Indians. (Courtesy photo/Danielle Brennan)

MORLEY — Morley Stanwood’s volleyball team swept visiting White Cloud 3-0 Wednesday in Central State Activities Association Silver Division action.

The Mohawks started out with a 25-19 win, and followed with 25-16 and 25-22 victories against the Indians.

Morley Stanwood was hanging onto a 21-19 lead and reeled off four straight points to take the first game. Brooklyn Peacock served the last two points.

Destiny Kuzee’s ace gave her team a 5-0 lead in the second game. Raven Hoskins had a pair of kills to give her team an 18-11 advantage. Rachel McNeil’s ace made it 20-13 and Shannon Thompson’s kill made it 24-16 to put the Mohawks in control.

White Cloud hung tough in the third game and trailed only 11-10 on two straight aces from Elizabeth Feldpausch. An ace from Peacock made it 20-14 for the Mohawks.

White Cloud cut it to 24-21 before Taylor Jutila had a kill to end the game.

“I thought we started out a little bit slow,” Morley Stanwood coach Robin Kozuch said. “Something we’ve been working on is being the first team to five points. In the second set, that was a big goal. They did a good job in the second and third sets.”

Demi Kuzee led in kills with 10, while Hoskins had eight. Shannon Thompson and Peacock had five kills apiece.

“We’ve been focusing on minimizing our hitting errors,” Kozuch said. “In our loss to Kent City (Sept. 23), which was a big match, we had 36 hitting errors. We did a better job in that Wednesday.”

Destiny recorded 30 assists. Thompson had 17 digs, Destiny added 12 digs, and Mallory Raven and McNeil had 10 digs apiece.

“We picked ourselves up from our loss to Kent City and our tournament,” Demi said. “Our communication helped. We’re still trying to play well. We’re looking to get better.”

Destiny agreed.

“I think we stepped up our game compared to this past weekend and the week before,” she said. “We definitely have stuff to work on like communicating more. Overall, I think we did alright.”

Kozuch said she received contributions throughout the lineup.

“The kids who came off the bench performed very well,” Kozuch said. “They stayed positive. When we made a few errors, they didn’t get down on themselves. That was really nice to see. There’s going to be matches when we have to come from behind and we have to make sure we stay positive.”

Morley Stanwood (20-8-3, 6-1 CSAA Silver) plays at Hesperia in league action Wednesday.

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John is a sports reporter with the Pioneer as well as the Herald Review and The Lake County Star. He also coordinates the weekly Pioneer sports outdoors page. He can be reached at (231) 592-8356 or by email at jraffel@pioneergroup.com.

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