Pine River advances to invitational quarterfinals
LEROY — It was a long day of volleyball but an enjoyable one for Pine River on Saturday.
There were 15 teams at the tournament, and the Bucks were 7-1 in pool play and advanced to the quarterfinals where they were defeated.
In pool play, the Bucks defeated Glen Lake (25-20, 25-17) and Forest Area (25-21, 25-23), split with Northport (23-25, 25-18) and beat Marion (25-11, 25-12).
In the quarterfinals, the Bucks lost to Benzie Central (20-25, 25-21, 15-4).
“Even though this was not how we wanted to end this day there were some positives we can take from this,” Pine River coach Jana Dennis said.
Pine River was led by Tailor Charles with 14 digs; KayLee Goodman with 12 kills, 17 digs and seven aces; Kyla Johnson with 20 kills, 24 digs, 11 aces and five blocks; Julie Justin with 12 kills, 32 digs and 10 aces; Kierra Justin with 19 kills and six blocks; Logan Powell with 61 assists and Chelsey TerBurgh with 20 digs.
“We’ve been doing well,” TerBurgh said. “The key is communication, staying up and not getting down on ourselves.”
“We started out the day stronger than we have done yet this year,” Dennis said. “Our goal was to play aggressive and we did that for much of the day.”
Pine River improved its record to 6-9-4.
“Our serves and our intensity let us down in the end,” Dennis said.
Crossroads was 2-6 in pool play. The Cougars lost to Grant (25-12, 25-23) and to Lake City (25-12, 25-19), defeated Farwell (25-13, 25-16) and lost to Benzie Central (26-24, 25-22).
Pine River opened its Highland Conference season on Tuesday at McBain. The Bucks are at Cadillac on Saturday.