Pine River falls in final of McBain invite

MCBAIN — Pine River’s volleyball team reached the finals of the McBain Invitational before falling to Ludington on Saturday.

The Bucks defeated Harrison (21-9, 21-9) and Mason County Eastern (21-19, 21-16) before falling to McBain in pool play (21-11, 23-21).

Pine River then defeated McBain Northern Michigan Christian (25-21, 25-13) and McBain (25-21, 25-19) in the playoffs before falling to Ludington 26-24, 25-21.

Pine River coach Jana Dennis was happy with her team’s play on Saturday despite falling in the final.

We came into this tournament with the goal of making it to finals,” she said. “We played well throughout the day and getting in finals. We faced a tough McBain team in semis who had gotten the best of us in pool play. With some adjustments we were able to take them down and meet Ludington. The fight we gave Ludington was a great one.”

Pine River (26-13-2) was led by Jamie Justin, who had 22 kills and 11 blocks on the afternoon, while Cayman Gatt added 19 kills and 61 digs. Elizabeth Whitley had 12 kills, 46 assists and 30 digs, while Kassy Nelson chipped in 16 kills and 40 digs. Christie Nelson added 70 digs and served 24-for-24 at the line.

Pine River is in action on Tuesday when the Bucks host McBain Northern Michigan Christian.