Breanna, Braelyn Berry doubling the out for Mohawk volleyball team

Breanna (left) and younger sister Braelyn Berry hold the Crossroads Invitational plaque their Morley Satinwood team won on Saturday. (Pioneer photo/John Raffel)

MORLEY — The sister combination of freshman Braelyn Berry and junior Breanna Berry has been paying huge dividends for Morley Stanwood’s volleyball team so far this season.

Braelyn has been an outside hitter in her first high school and varsity season.

“It’s going pretty good so far,” she said.

After tryouts in August, Braelyn got the word she’d be on the varsity.

“I was nervous, but excited,” she said. “It’s a lot faster pace.”

She also was a hitter on the junior high level.

“You have to be smart with the ball,” Braelyn said.

She’s also been a passer.

Compared to her sister in terms of style, “I’d say we’re a little different,” Braelyn said

The sisters have played together in the past and have displayed good communication skills.

It’s Breanna’s varsity third season.

“It’s going pretty good,” she said. “We’ve had ups and downs. Most of the time, we’re not talking to each other. We can’t get down on ourselves and we need to talk to each other. Then we’re pretty good.’

Breanna is a libero for the Mohawks.

“I usually played rightside, so this is quite different,” she said. “I’ve been going in and out a lot. I think I’m getting the hang of it. I have to focus on defense and serve receive. I have to focus on what’s going on.”

Breanna said the idea of playing libero was presented to her during her club season.

Both Berry girls like their team’s potential for this season,

“I think we have the ability to go far this year if we work hard enough,” Breanna said.“

“We want a conference and district (title),” Braelyn said. “We can’t get down on ourselves.”

Having a younger sister on the team “sometimes is a bit if a challenge,” Breanna smiled. “I think she’s adapted well.’

Morley Stanwood 3, Hesperia 0

HESPERIA —  The Mohawks edged the Panthers 26-24, 26-24, 25-20 Wednesday in a match between two unbeaten CSAA silver programs.

Breanna Berry led the team with 17 digs and Braelyn Berry  tallied 13 digs, 11 kills, and two aces while Brooke Brauher had 12 digs and seven kills. Mikayla Moore tallied 25 assists, McKenna Bennett gad three aces and McKenzie Scott added six kills.

“They’re scrappy and they dig a lot of balls,” head coach Robyn Kozuch said. “They serve aggressively. Girls did a great job of executing the gameplan. Overall, they played a really good match tonight.”

Morley Stanwood improves to 5-0 in CSAA Silver play, good for first place. The Mohawks host a volleyball tourney this weekend.

McBain NMC 3, Evart 1

MCBAIN — McBain Northern Michigan Christian defeated Evart in volleyball action on Wednesday 25-6, 25-17, 18-25, 25-21.

For Evart, Kara Henry had 11 kills and three blocks, McKenzie Kimball eight kills and 11 assists, Livia Hopkins four kills and three aces and Angel Porter one kill and four blocks.

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Posted by John Raffel

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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