PREP ROUNDUP: Bear Lake volleyball drops 5-set thriller to Walkerville

WALKERVILLE — Bear Lake volleyball dropped a tough one on Tuesday night at Walkerville.

The Lakers fell to to Wildcats in five back-and-forth sets with each one being close. Bear Lake fell 20-25, 25-22, 20-25, 25-22 and 8-15.

“Overall, they played well. It’s disappointing that we get to the fifth set and pull it out but that happens,” Bear Lake coach Renee Mallison said. “We’ll pick up the pieces and move on from there. We have our Pink game on Thursday against Marion and then we have our league tournament on Saturday. Hopefully it will be revenge time on some of those teams.”

The Lakers were led by Alexis Juarez with 18 points, 4 aces, 15 attacks, 8 kills and 13 digs, Abby Cross had 10 points, 2 aces and 6 digs, Olivia Hejl had 8 points, 2 aces and 20 assists, and Kaitlynn Omar had 5 points, 2 aces, 12 attacks, 8 kills and 2 blocks.

Pringle milestone leads Brethren over MCE

BRETHREN — Brethren volleyball keeps building momentum as districts approach with another win, this time over conference foe Mason County Eastern.

The Bobcats (17-4-2, 6-1) won in four sets, 16-25, 25-14, 25-21 and 25-22.

The win was highlighted by Brethren senior Mariah Pringle earning her 500th career block early in the night. Pringle did this in three years on varsity, and is coming off of a torn ACL less than a season ago.

“It’s a big deal. It’s a wonderful moment for her and Brethren. She is a unique player. She respects her talent, but she works hard every day to get better,” Brethren coach Jody Powell said. “A lot of people with that kind of talent just don’t work hard. She’s always striving for more. She does everything for us, and she’s completely humble.”

After a slow first set the team settled in to win the final three sets convincingly, set up by a hard hitting performance from the team with 31 kills.

The team was led by Pringle with 16 kills, 8 digs and 4 aces, Brianna Pettinato had 11 digs and 3 aces, Megan Cordes had 5 aces and 4 digs, and Whitney Dean had 18 assists.

Brethren will be back on Thursday at Manistee, before jumping into the conference tournament on Saturday at Baldwin with a chance to play for at least a share of the league title.

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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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