Morley Stanwood falls in semifinals of Big Rapids Invitational

Alma champions in volleyball tournament

BIG RAPIDS – Morley Stanwood advanced to the semifinals of the Big Rapids Volleyball Invitational before losing to Ithaca on Saturday.

Big Rapids and Reed City both advanced to the quarterfinal round while Chippewa Hills lost in the semifinal round of the consolation bracket.

Morley Stanwood won in pool play 25-14 25-20, 27-25 over Comstock Park and 25-15. 25-17, 25-17 over Tri County. The Mohawks defeated Reed City in the quarterfinal round of the championship bracket.

Reed City in pool play lost to Alma 25-18, 25-14; defeated Chippewa Hills 25-12 25-15 and swept Hesperia 25-13, 25-23. The Coyotes then lost in the quarterfinal round to the Mohawks.

“I felt we did some really good things,” Reed City coach Don Patterson said. “We made some improvements. The kids played hard.”

Chippewa Hills lost 25-9, 25-8 to Alma, 25-12, 25-15 to Reed City and 25-14, 25-12 to Hesperia in pool play and lost to Grand Rapids Union in the consolation semifinals.

“We’re working on the small things to improve for the end of the season,” Chippewa Hills coach Hali Williams said. “As long as we make small improvements along the way, hopefully by the end of the season, once we put those things together, we can get some wins going.”