Crossroads falls to Pentwater 3-0 in girls volleyball action

Crossroads players celebrate after scoring during Tuesday’s match against Pentwater. (Pioneer Photo/Maxwell Harden)

BIG RAPIDS — The Crossroads Charter Academy volleyball team came up short against Pentwater, falling 25-7, 25-19, 25-13 in its annual Pink Out Game Tuesday at home.

“We played well,” CCA coach Amanda Brown said. “ Our serve receive was a hot mess. If we could’ve gotten past that, life would’ve been good. We didn’t move as well as we could’ve tonight.”

The Cougars responded after a disappointing first set loss to keep pace with the Falcons for most of the set and tied things up at 16-16. But the Falcons would finish the set on a 9-3 run to take the second set.

In set three, the Cougars capitalized on Falcon errors to get out to a 4-0 lead before the Falcons responded to tie the game at 9. The Falcons turned the tables with strong hitting and unforced errors by the Cougars to finish the set on a 16-4 run to complete the sweep.

“Sets two and three were much more competitive,” Brown said. “They pulled together and did more of the things we expect them to do. There was no giving up in those sets. We just came up short.

Haley Jankowski led the team with 20 kills and Jada Meeuwes added 19 of her own. Kylee Purcell led the team in passes and Sam Taylor with serves.

CCA (6-13-6, 2-5) will participate in the West Michigan D League tournament this weekend.

“We just need to move our feet,” Brown said. If we get good serve receive and good passes, life will be just fine.”

Morley Stanwood beats Holton 3-1

MORLEY — The Mohawks defeated the Red Devils 25-22, 25-13, 22-25, 25-15 on Tuesday at home.

Mikayla Moore had 26 assists, 16 digs, and five aces while Brooke Brauher had eight kills and three aces. Breanna Berry had 15 digs and eight kills and Grace Szynkowski led the team with 32 digs, while McKenzie Scott led the team with nine kills.

The Mohawks ran into some trouble in the third set but rebounded nicely in the fourth.

“We started off really well,” head coach Robin Kozuch said. “We were pretty far ahead. We started getting comfortable and beating ourselves up. They just need to stay focused and not get too comfortable.

“They really tend to refocus and adjust their game. They kept the ball in play and made them earn points.”

The Mohawks are 7-1 in conference and will host Big Rapids on Monday in the annual Pink Match. Proceeds from the event will go to Evart head volleyball coach Kate Nostrant for medical costs.

Nostrant, a former junior varsity coach at Morley Stanwood, was diagnosed with breast cancer in February.

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