Morley Stanwood and Crossroads lose in bracket play

MORLEY — Morley Stanwood and Crossroads lost in bracket play of the Mohawks’ home volleyball invitational on Saturday.

The Mohawks lost 2-0 to White Cloud in silver bracket play. Leland beat Montague for the tournament title.

In pool play, the Mohawks beat Lakeview 25-14, 25-14, Charlevoix 25-17, 25-9, Crossroads 25-16, 25-16 and lost to Montague 25-21, 22-25, 15-11.

For the Mohawks, Braelyn Berry had 24 kills and Brooke Brauher had 17. Mikayla Moore had 35 aces while Braelyn Berry had 61 digs, Brenna Berry 42 digs and Brauher 43 digs. Erika Ulrich had seven aces.

“We didn’t love the way we ended the tournament,” Morley Stanwood coach Robin Kozuch said. “We didn’t play well against White Cloud. We beat White Cloud in a conference match. Losing to Montague, it was a letdown for them. White Cloud was fired up since we had beaten them in conference place.

“Hopefully that will light a fire under us the next time we play White Cloud in a league match.”

Crossroads, in its match with Morley Stanwood, was led by

Kenzie Cole with, four assists and seven digs, while Natalie Chapman had 14 digs. Jada Meeuwes had two aces, and both she and Samantha Taylor had a kill.

The Cougars then lost to Montague 25-4, 25-16. Megan Schultz and Triston Murray were the lead passes in the back row, while Murray and Jada Meeuwes led the front row.

“Jada, Triston, and Kenzie Cole tried to hold it together for us from the serving line, but we just couldn’t find the right rhythm,” Crossroads coach Kristin Yates said.

Crossroads lost to Lakeview 25-12, 25-8.

“Triston Murray and Natalie Chapman were strong defenders with 13 digs apiece while Kenzie Cole hustled in the front row with over 30 sets and one assist,” Yates said.

Crossroads lost to Charlevoix 25-23, 25-10.

“They came out with a strong rotation in the first game and were almost able to hold the lead, but ended up with a loss,” Yates said. “Using the same rotation, we started off rough on serve receive and gave Charlevoix a 12-point lead before pulling ourselves out and earning the ball. We couldn’t seem to come back from this.

“Jada Meeuwes, Triston Murray, Kenzie Cole and Sam Taylor were key in the back row with eight digs apiece while Mackenna Geeseman was a strong front row player before being taken out by an injury.”

In bracket play, against Onaway for fifth place. Crossroads lost 25-5, 25-9. Cole had two aces, three digs, and two assists while Meeuwes had 12 digs for the back row.




Posted by John Raffel

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