Crossroads volleyball team holds back Baldwin 3-1

Crossroads’ Jada Meeuwes goes after the ball against Baldwin. (Pioneer photo/John Raffel)

BALDWIN — Crossroads Charter Academy stayed undefeated at 3-0 in the West Michigan League.

But it wasn’t easy against Baldwin on Tuesday. The Cougars won the first two volleyball games 25-21, 25-22, lost the third 19-25, and won the fourth 25-16.

After winning the first game, CCA was able to build a 22-16 lead in the second game on a kill from Jada Meeuwes. A bad serve by Baldwin gave Crossroads the 25th point and a 20-0 lead.

Are’Yania Boatwright had two aces in getting Baldwin off to a strong start in the third game. She served another point later on for a 19-14 lead. Mackenzie Cole had a tip for Crossroads to keep the Cougars in the match. But Baldwin was able to wrap up the win.

Cole served for a pair of aces to help her team grab a 21-10 lead in the second game. Meeuwes had a block for a 23-14 lead and CCA notched match point on an ace.

“We were a little iffy there in that third game,” CCA coach Kristin Yates said, adding communication was key in the games her team won. “When we don’t communicate we don’t play well together. Communicating and slowing down and playing the game the way the girls know how to play it is important.”

Crossroads is at Brethren on Thursday.

“We’re looking a lot better,” Baldwin coach Duane Roberts said. “The players are stepping up. My captain, Jaz Johnson and her sister Jenna Johnson have good mentality to play the game. Jenna is playing well in the setter’s position. We have a welcome addition in Kendra Speer. One of my only freshman, Cierra Pieskes, is stepping up on the attack and playing all the way around. She’s a perfect addition to the team. Don’t let her height fool you.”

“The serves all the way around, the girls are having beautiful serves.”

Baldwin plays Thursday at Walkerville.

Big Rapids 3, Newaygo 0

BIG RAPIDS — Big Rapids won 28-26, 25-20, 25-8 in CSAA Gold action

Mackaela Kelver paced the Cardinals with 17 kills.

Grace Fath added six kills, threes aces and 24 assists.

Tegan Jones had five kills and five blocks.

“Our middles were connecting really well with Grace, which was fun to see,” Big Rapids coach Chelsea Nelson said. ‘We’re looking forward to playing Whitehall on Thursday.

Overall I’m glad we finished on a strong note. Mackaela took care of the ball at the net for us tonight. Defensively it took us a little but to settle into Newaygo’s offensive speed. Newaygo is a scrappy team and put up a tough fight tonight.”

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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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