Chippewa Hills edges Reed City to advance to district volleyball title match

Morley Stanwood set to play Kent City for championship

Kassie Yuncker

Kassie

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SHEPHERD – It was another Reed City-Chippewa Hills five-set cliffhanger with the Warriors again prevailing in a tight 3-2 match at Shepherd on Thursday in the Division 2 semifinals semifinal round.

The season ends for Reed City while Chippewa Hills was scheduled to face Alma at 6 p.m. on Thursday in the title match at Shepherd.

It was 25-21, Reed City, after the first match but Chippewa Hills  tied it with a 25-22 win in the second game. The Coyotes again took the lead with a 25-22 win in the third game. But Chippewa Hills rallied to win the next two 25-18, 15-10.

“It was super well played,” Warrior coach Hali Williams said. “It’s always a tough match between us and Reed City. They have a great program over there and it’s always a battle. We started the match very nervous and down and then as sets went on we’re able to play more like we are used to playing. They played great defense and it was hard to get a kill unless we hit full speed.

“Our serves definitely have picked up and we’re not missing the serves that we had been the last couple conference games which allows for both teams to just play the game. All around, everyone played well and on the opposite end as we were able to come back in and win after being down 2-1. That is a significant improvement for us as we often start games defeated.”


Standouts for the Warriors included outside hitters Kassie Yuncker, Macy Blanzy and Destiny Dalrymple, middle hitters Madison Wrisley, Erin Judge and Nora Toogood, right-side hitters Shelby Fall, Bailey Loomis and Addison Fate, setter Kendra Ray, libero Brynn McArthur and defensive specialist Ariana Todd.

“We have a great group of girls,” Williams said. “Their athleticism is the best I’ve seen come through in a long time. As long as we can stay keen on their mental game, we will be all set. I’m excited to see where (Thursday’s match) goes.”

“I thought we showed a lot of heart tonight,” Reed City coach Don Patterson said. “We battled in each game. Our athletes gave it their all tonight and were right there. Our serve receive was a little better and our serving game was very consistent.”

For Reed City, Demi Lodholtz had 11 kills, two aces, one block and three digs; Kyleigh Weck had 10 kills four blocks and nine digs; MaKena Hill had four kills, two assists and three digs; Rachel VanSyckle had 49 assists and 22 digs; Katelynn Holmes had nine kills, one ace, four blocks and 38 digs; Kendell Henry had one ace and 16 digs; Rylie Shafer had 13 digs; Elizabeth Cockrell had 11 kills and 10 digs and Raquel DuBreuil had 11 digs.

“I thought Chip played very solid defense tonight and put a lot of pressure on our offense,” Patterson said. “Overall, it was a pretty solid season for our team.”

Morley Stanwood 3, White Cloud 0

KENT CITY – Morley Stanwood has advanced to Thursday’s Division 3 district title match at 7 p.m. against  Kent City.

On Wednesday, the Mohawks beat White Cloud 25-19, 25-14, 25-18.

Leading in statistics were Braelyn Berry with 16 kills and 13 kills, Madison Garbow with 10 kills and three aces, Emilee Cornell with nine digs, three aces and 21 assists, Sienna Ososki with 10 assists; Brooke Edgerly with 18 digs and Ayiana Sims with 13 digs.

“It was not our strongest play ever, but a win,” Morley Stanwood coach Robin Kozuch said. 

Kent City and Morley Stanwood shared the Central State Activities Association Silver Division title after splitting the season series.

OTHER MATCHES

Baldwin, Pine River and Evart lost first-round matches in their respective