Chips claim bragging rights with win over Brethren

Manistee’s Megan Wayward (left) spikes the ball as Brethren’s Mariah Pringle goes up for the block during the Chippewas’ 4-set win over the Bobcats in a non-league volleyball match Thursday night. (Brian Fogg/News Advocate)

Manistee’s Megan Wayward (left) spikes the ball as Brethren’s Mariah Pringle goes up for the block during the Chippewas’ 4-set win over the Bobcats in a non-league volleyball match Thursday night. (Brian Fogg/News Advocate)

MANISTEE — Manistee volleyball logged one of its biggest wins of the year in a back-and-forth fight against its cross-county rival Brethren.

The Chippewas won in four sets after winning the final three sets. Manistee won the game 25-27, 25-21, 26-26 and 25-21.

“That’s a huge win. It really shows that the girls have some tenacity on the court. They’re not going to give up,” Manistee coach April Yates said. “We’ve really built towards that, and it’s been an issue in the past. They wanted it tonight for Senior Night and it was our Pink-Out Night.”

The first set was tied at 15, before a six-point serving streak by Grace Chandler, highlighted by two aces and a block and kill by former Bobcat Megan Wayward put Manistee up 21-15. Brethren came back starting with a kill by Kylah Fischer, followed later by an ace of hers to sneak out with the two-point win.

“She (Megan Wayward) is on fire. We moved her out. She was a middle hitter and we moved her to outside-left, and that’s done us some good as a team on offense,” Yates said. “Tegan Wayward has stepped up as a blocked, and so have our sophomores. Morgan Ju was big for us.”

Manistee started the second set with a four-point serving streak from Lyndsey Kelley to break out a little bit. Megan Wayward was able to record kills on practically every touch in this set, helping the Chippewas to a 25-21 win. She finished with 20 kills.

The Bobcats started the third set a little fast with an ace by Whitney Dean early to give the team an 8-3 lead, but slowly Manistee was able to weather the storm and battle back to tie the game at 15 after an ace by Kelley. Late kills from Megan Wayward and Lexi Bialik helped the team pull away in the final points, 26-24.

After rallying from behind a couple of times on the night, the Chippewas controlled the fourth set, and took a five-point lead after a kill from Bialik at 15-10. Brethren was able to rally a bit with Mariah Pringle’s play at the net, but the team couldn’t pull together to make a comeback.

Part of the runs that Manistee was able to break out on came in part of the poor Bobcat serving. Brethren committed 22 serving errors on the evening.

“The biggest thing was our missed serves,” Brethren coach Jody Powell said. “We serve aggressive and today we were barely getting the balls over the net, we had missed serves, and served with very little control.”

To go along with the 20 kills for Megan Wayward, Bialik had 4 kills and 2 aces, Chandler had 7 digs and 3 aces, Kelley had 31 assists, and Morgan Ju had 2 kills, 3 blocks and 2 aces.

The Bobcats were led by Pringle with 11 kills and 16 digs, Megan Cordes had 18 digs, Fischer had 5 aces and 3 kills, and Whitney Dean had 16 assists.

Manistee will be back on Tuesday at Pentwater, while Brethren will be back on Saturday in the West Michigan D-League tournament at Baldwin.

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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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