CCA volleyball wins pair

Cougars top Manistee, Pentwater in triangular match

MANISTEE — The Chippewas started their tri-match on a high note Tuesday as they held on to take the first set from Crossroads Charter Academy.

The early result, however, proved to be an anomaly to how the night would turn out.

Manistee eventually dropped both of its matches, falling to CCA (23-25, 25-15, 15-7) and Pentwater (25-20, 25-22), while the Cougars didn’t drop another set en route to two victories. After rallying past Manistee, they swept the Falcons 25-14, 29-27.

OVER THE TOP: Crossroads Charter Academy's Malory Carlson goes up for a kill during Tuesday's volleyball action against Manistee. (Pioneer photo/Dylan Savela)

OVER THE TOP: Crossroads Charter Academy’s Malory Carlson goes up for a kill during Tuesday’s volleyball action against Manistee. (Pioneer photo/Dylan Savela)

“I’m very proud of the girls for sticking with it,” said CCA coach Amanda Brown. “They didn’t give up.”

Malory Carlson led the way with 14 total kills, but the Cougars were firing on all cylinders collectively.

“They were talking, they were moving, they worked together as a team,” Brown said. “That’s what works well for us.”

The lone set that the Cougars lost was at the hand of Manistee to kick off the event.

The Chippewas jumped out to an 11-4 advantage, and held the game’s largest lead at 18-10. The Cougars didn’t make it easy, however, as they rallied late, and even took a 21-19 edge, before Manistee surged back to secure the victory.

“I think the first set of the night we came out prepared, both mentally and physically,” said Manistee coach Lacey Hudson. “We had a hard practice yesterday, and came out expecting to face a good team.

“We’ve been really working on fighting through a full game.”

CCA’s late rally in the first set seemed to carry momentum to the next two, as the Cougars cruised comfortably to the best-of-three victory, and followed it up with a sweep of West Michigan D League rival Pentwater.

The Falcons and Chippewas closed the night with a pair of tightly contested sets, but both went to Pentwater. Manistee had to play catch-up for most of the first game, and the teams pretty much played point for point in the second.

“It was good to see them again,” Hudson said of the Falcons. “We played them two weeks ago (at a tournament in Pentwater), and again had some really close games.”

Manistee’s Emily Thompson had team highs in kills (nine) and digs (18) while Emilee Kott added 18 digs and Kayla Jamieson had four aces from the service line.

“We still have some stuff to work on, and some of it will involve changing things up,” Hudson said. “We’ve got a real small team, and with some injuries now, it makes it tough. We’ll keeping adjusting what we can adjust.”

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