PREP ROUNDUP: Portagers down Frankfort in 4 sets, now 2-0 in league

FRANKFORT — Onekama improved to 2-0 in Northwest Conference volleyball play with a tough 4-set win at Frankfort Tuesday night.

The Portagers dropped the first set 23-25, but roared back to sweep the next three, 25-20, 25-14, 25-16.

Onekama head coach Linda Elo said that her team’s mental toughness showed through after dropping the first set to the perennially powerful Panthers.

“I’m proud of these girls,” Elo said. “They worked together and they kept their spirits up. The first game was tough, but then they came back and they didn’t let up.”

Colleen McCarthy had 12 kills and Zoe Morley added 4, Sydnee Hrachovina had 7 blocks and Hanna Hughes dished out 24 assists in the match.

Sabers fall in 4 at MCE

CUSTER — Manistee Catholic Central dropped its West Michigan D League volleyball opener, but did it in encouraging fashion, losing in four sets 16-25, 31-29, 21-25, 20-25 to Mason County Eastern on Tuesday.

Sabers head coach Taylor Ozimac said that a change in tactics, specifically bringing her setter from the back row to the front, made a dramatic, immediate improvement.

“I made a little change in how we were running things, and it definitely paid off,” Ozimac said. “I’m really happy with it, and the girls are happy with it.”

The match was something of a coming-out party for freshman Kaya Watkins, who finished the match with six aces.

“She was a force to be reckoned with today,” Ozimac said. “She was dominant from the service line, she had four good, solid digs, and I’m excited to see that from her, especially coming from a freshman. She has great court awareness, that you don’t often see from someone that young.”

Elizabeth Nelson had 2 blocks, 3 kills and 3 aces in the match, which Ozimac said was something to build on despite the loss.

“I’m not upset with this, by any means,” Ozimac said. “I tell my girls that I’ll take a hard-fought loss over a sloppy win, and this was definitely hard-fought.”

Next up for the Sabers is the 2017 home opener against Bear Lake on Tuesday, Sept. 19.

Manistee soccer falls at OV

MUSKEGON — Manistee boys soccer is still winless in Lakes-8 play this season.

The Chippewas fell to Muskegon Orchard View, 5-3 to fall to 5-3-1 and 0-2 in the league.

Manistee was able to create ample opportunities with goals from Sirapat Musittimanee, Anthony Zambrano and Abdiel Nunez in the closing minutes to account for the three goals.

The Cardinals beat the Chippewas on a couple of long balls that they were able to cross in from the corner for goals to open the game up.

“We had a little rough play on the defensive end, obviously with five goals going by. They played long balls all day, and we contained them at times, but there were times where they just got it through us,” Manistee coach Brandon Prince said. “Offensively three goals isn’t bad. We moved the ball pretty well. I think we can be more consistent. Three goals should be plenty enough to win a game. We just have to get the five off the board.”

Manistee will be back on Thursday against at home against Traverse City Christian at 5 p.m.

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