Mohawks ready to start season

Morley Stanwood’s Breanna Berry works on her conditioning at a practice.

MORLEY — Morley Stanwood’s volleyball team makes its debut today at the Alma Invitational, and coach Robin Kozuch feels her team is ready.

Teams like the Mohawks have been practicing since Aug. 14. The Mohawks had a scrimmage on Wednesday at Cadillac. Today is the first time volleyball teams across the state will be able to play an actual match. The home opener is on Wednesday in Central State Activities Association Silver action against Lakeview.

Breanna Berry is a senior and will be among the key players for the CSAA Silver defending champs. She said the Mohawks had an extensive summer program.

“We did quite a bit,” she said. “We had some open gyms and did scrimmages and stuff too,”

Berry switched to the libero position and was in that spot last year also.

“It wasn’t that different, although I didn’t hit obviously,” she said. “I got to focus on one specific thing.”

“Breanna has really taken pride in her work outside of season,” coach Robin Kozuch said. “ She has become a voice on the floor and I am really excited to see her leadership this year.”

Berry’s focus as libero is on passing.

“You can’t get down on yourself,” she said.

As a team “we’re doing pretty good,” Berry said. “I think we’re still getting used to everyone.”

The Mohawks are getting used to a new setter.

“It takes a little bit of time to get used to a new setter, but I think we’e getting there,” Berry said. “I think we have good hitters. If we get our passing under control we’ll be pretty good.”

 

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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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