Bucks volleyball keeping busy

Emma Whitley
Emma Whitley

KINGSLEY — Pine River traveled to Kingsley and was 1-3-1 on Saturday.

In pool play, Pine River lost to Grand Traverse Academy 25-23, 25-18, and to Kingsley 25-9, 25-5, and split with Kalkaska 18-25, 25-16.

In bracket play, Pine River beat Manistee 25-6, 25-15 and lost to Kingsley in the semis 25-20, 25-13.

For Pine River: Emma Whitley had 22 kills and 43 digs; Parker Moores had 16 kills and 20 digs; Sophie Johnson had 63 assists and 31 digs; Cayla Trowbridge added 12 kills and 15 digs and Riley Henry chipped in 14 digs

“It’s still very early in our season and we have a lot of room to grow,” Pine River coach Jana Dennis said. “It’s a learning process every time we step on the court. Our team continues to work hard every day and the pieces are slowly falling into place.

“Right now, our focus needs to be on better communication and being more efficient with our hitting and serve receive.”

Pine River is 6-6-1 overall and has its Highland Conference opener in Beal City on Sept. 4.

Pine River at Clare

Pine River traveled to Clare on Thursday and went 2-1 on the night.

The Bucks beat East Jordan 25-9, 25-19, lost to Clare 25-10, 16-25, 16-14 and topped Kalkaska 25-18, 19-25, 15-9. Whitley had 16 digs, 13 kills and nine aces. Moores added 12 digs and 11 kills. Johnson had 43 assists, nine digs and six aces.

“We came out a little sluggish and just couldn’t shake it off,” Dennis said “We had way too many unforced errors that cost us some games. We cleaned our passing up some but just struggled offensively. It will be back to the grind tomorrow to work out some more kinks.”