Portager earns postseason honors

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The conference season was bumpy at times for Onekama volleyball this season but one Portager was able to earn all-league accolades.

Senior McKayla Haske earned honorable mention recognition in the Northwest Conference by the coaches.

“She was a dominant presence on our offense,” Onekama coach Linda Elo said. “She led the team in kills and blocks this year. She did very well with both. She was a huge asset on our offense.”

Haske served as the backbone of the team by contributing all over the floor. Elo pointed to her versatility through the season and the fact that they played her pretty much everywhere on the floor.

“She would always stay in the game,” she said. “We could put her in the back row and she would have almost one dig per game, which is great for a middle-blocker.”

As a senior she was needed to lead the team in the stat book. She averaged 4.7 kills, 1.6 aces, 1.3 digs and 1.58 blocks per game.

“She was a team captain, highly motivated and extremely coachable. I know the girls really looked to her,” Elo said.

While going 2-6 in its first season in the league play, The Northwest Conference is one of the toughest smaller school conference in the state with teams like third-ranked Leland and Kingsley, who each will play a regional final tonight in different divisions. Elo thinks having a player recognized by these types of teams sets a tone for the program going into the future.

“Considering Leland, Kingsley, Suttons Bay and Benzie (Central) are on the board I think it’s huge. Considering all of the players I think that’s a huge statement.”

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Posted by Brian Fogg

Brian is the sports writer for the Manistee News Advocate. You can reach him at (231) 398-3110 or bfogg@pioneergroup.com.

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