The journey begins

Morley Stanwood volleyball begins quest for state title with win over Pirates

MORLEY — Alexis Huntey admitted to being nervous Monday night.

The Morley Stanwood senior outside hitter didn’t know much about Hart, its best players, strengths or weaknesses.

So, what is the best way to get rid of the butterflies?

Slamming a few balls down early and often.

ATTACK: Morley Stanwood's Brett Chesebro goes up for a kill during Monday night's volleyball action against Hart at Morley Stanwood High School. (Pioneer photo/Bob Allan)

Huntey had 16 kills and the Mohawks volleyball team made short work of the Pirates in the Class C quarterfinal contest 25-12, 25-19, 25-14 at Morley Stanwood High School.

Huntey’s pent-up nervousness was released early in the contest as she recorded a kill that hit off a Hart player and landed into coaching staff of the Mohawks’ next opponent, White Cloud, six rows into the stands.

“I was really nervous, but I knew the team was going to be there for me,” Huntey said after also recording 10 digs and three aces. “I knew the team was going to fire each other up and not let us get down.”

The first game set the tone for the rest of the night said Morley Stanwood coach Robin Kozuch. The Mohawks started with a 5-3 lead, but increased that advantaged to 15-3 10 points later.

Hart never recovered and trailed for most of the two other games.

“The girls wanted to set the tone in the first game,” Kozuch said. “They were focused on playing defense and not letting a ball hit the floor.”

The Pirates were able to make little runs through the two remaining games, but overall, Huntey was happy with how her teammates played. Brett Chesebro had 16 digs and five kills, while Bailey Cairnduff added 11 assists and six kills.

Kayla Rosman tallied five kills, Sam Carey 10 digs, Melissa Holland nine assists and Brie Wiersema three blocks.

“We played solid all the way around,” Huntey said. “We let them get a couple of runs, but nothing that hurt us.”

Up next for the Mohawks is a date with White Cloud on Wednesday, scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m.. The first match of the night features Evart against Shelby, which rolled past Hesperia in the other quarterfinal match-up Monday.

Morley Stanwood defeated the Indians twice this season in two tight matches.

“We know each other so well,” Huntey said. “It’s going to come down who brings it on the floor and who plays better defense. I know they are going to be super fired-up to beat us.”

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