Big Rapids volleyball holds back Chippewa Hills 3-0

Chippewa Hills’ Hanna Dougherty (34) gets ready to play the ball against Big Rapids. (Pioneer photoJohn Raffel)

REMUS — Big Rapids survived Chippewa Hills in two close sets and took a 3-0 victory over the Warriors on Tuesday in Central State Activities Association Gold Division volleyball action.

The Cardinals won the first set 26-24 and the third 25-23. They dominated the middle set 25-13 and improved their record to 18-17-1 overall while notching their third CSAA Gold win.

Big Rapids controlled the net in the second set. Megan Mackall had an attack to lead her team to a 14-9 advantage. Grace Fath’s block gave her team a 17-9 lead. Fath had three points in a row to lift Big Rapids to a 22-12 advantage. Alissa Ruggles had a tip for the winning point.

Chippewa Hills seemed determined to extend the match when Lorna Kalio’s two service points made it 12-8 Warriors. The hosts moved to a 17-12 lead. Big Rapids came back after trailing 23-20. Mackall’s four straight points ended the third set and the match. She had an ace for the 25th point.

“I had that spin so they couldn’t get it,” Mackall said. “We wanted to win so we pushed ourselves. Our hitting has gotten a lot better.”

Mackall is an outside hitter in her second varsity season. “We’ve gotten better (from last year),” she said. “The passing is a lot better. We’re just trying to win and work hard for districts.”

“We played hard and battled hard,” Big Rapids coach Chelsea Nelson said. “We found ourselves in situations where we had to battle ourselves out of a hole. We did well when our focus and energy is better. Overall we hustled and didn’t make the silly mistakes.”

Chippewa Hills coach Hali Williams said Sydney Wight did a strong job on the outside game.

“We had a lot of changes happen this week so I pulled a freshman (Madison Wrisley) to block and hit and she did a really good job,” Williams said. “I think we matched up pretty well. We lacked in our endurance. (Big Rapids) beat us in endurance. Our skill level matches well with them but we can’t keep it up. We started off really good and then slowed down.”

Big Rapids is home on Monday night against Morley Stanwood.

Chippewa Hills is 2-4 in the conference and plays at Fremont on Tuesday.

McBain NMC 3, Evart 0

Evart dropped a home Highland Conference match 25-13, 25-15, 25-14 on Tuesday to McBain NMC.

Livia Hopkins and Angel Porter had two kills apiece, Kara Henry had six kills and one block, McKenzie Kimball had six kills, three aces and one ace.

Central Montcalm, 3, Reed City 0

CM traveled to Reed City tonight and swept the Coyotes in three sets 25-21, 25-16, 25-20.

Mesick 3, Crossroads 0

BIG RAPIDS — The Cougars faced off at home against Mesick on Tuesday and lost in a hard-fought battle of four sets. Mesick won 25-15 to open the match. CCA won the second set 26-24. They stepped up the energy in the second match and came back to win 26-24. CCA lost 25-17, 28-26 in the next two sets. Mackenzie Cole and Natalie Chapman had a strong defense in the back row. Cole had a total of 38 passes while Chapman had 28. Triston Murray had four aces from the serving line while Samantha Taylor helped out with 12 serve receive passes. In the front row, Cole had nine assists while Jada Meeuwes had six kills, and Chapman led in blocks.

The Cougars will play at home in the WMD League Tournament this Saturday.

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