CCA volleyball sweeps Mason County Central in season opener

CCA head coach Kristin Yates (center) talks with her team during a timeout in Thursday’s match. (Pioneer photo/Maxwell Harden)

BIG RAPIDS — The Crossroads Charter Academy volleyball team started its 2018 season in winning fashion, defeating the Mason County Central Spartans 25-16, 25-21, 25-22 Thursday at CCA.

“It was definitely a good performance for our first game,” head coach Kristin Yates said. “We have a young team and we’re working really well together so I’m excited to see where we go and happy we got this win.”

Jada Meeuwes had six kills and Sam Taylor tallied 17 digs, while Triston Murray added four aces and Kenzie Cole six assists.

The Cougars trailed 12-10 in set three before regaining control of the set down the stretch.

“Kenzie had some really good serves and Jada’s hits are definitely coming along in the front row,” Yates said. “She played on the left last year, so she’s learning a new position.”

“A lot of our chemistry was really good tonight,” Taylor said. “A lot of things we haven’t seen in practice just showed up, which was exciting to see.”

The Cougars graduated six players last year and returned six players this season.

“The team was really together today,” Taylor said. “It was exciting to see because we’re such a young team. A lot of people haven’t played together until now.”

“We’ve got a couple of freshmen and a lot of sophomores,” Yates said. “I’m hoping we can build on this win.”

CCA (1-0, 1-0) hosts White Cloud on Tuesday. The Cougars will look to move to 2-0 on the season.

“We haven’t seen them in a tournament, yet,” Yates said. “We’re looking forward to the challenge.”

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