Pine River falls in semifinals of home invitational

LEROY — Pine River’s volleyball team defeated Crossroads Charter Academy in the Pine River Invitational quarterfinals on Saturday.

The Bucks swept the Cougars 25-20, 25-20 and advance to the semifinals where they lost to Benzie Central 26-24, 18-25, 15-8.

CCA defeated Manistee 25-16, 25-13; lost to McBain 25-11, 25-16; split with Marion 25-16, 19-25; fell  to Glen Lake 25-21, 27-25 and lost to Benzie Central 25-16, 25-22.

For CCA, Maya Myers and Hailey Jankowski led in kills. MacKenzie Cole and Tristan Murray paced the Cougars in assists. Lydia Bennett, Cole, Kaylie Purcell, Jankowski, Hannah Curtis led in digs. Bethany Curtis led in aces.

“We improved throughout the day, which was great,” CCA coach Amanda Brown said. “These were all bigger schools. The girls are competing, doing good and learning a lot. We had girls with kills and blocks who had never done that before.”

Prior to the quarterfinals, Pine River defeated Marion 25-20, 25-17 and Glen Lake 25-22, 25-23; split with Benzie Central 25-19, 13-25; defeated Manistee 25-15, 25-20 and lost to McBain 25-15, 25-13.

For the Bucks, KayLee Goodman had 29 kills and 25 digs; Julie Justin had 25 kills, 37 digs and 12 kills; Hannah Hill had 11 kills and 24 digs; Ally Stokely and Livy Vanderhoof added 22 and 21 digs; Logan Powell had 79 assists and 18 digs and Maddie Martin added 14 kills.

“We played hard for most of the day,” Pine River coach Jana Dennis said.

“The girls were aggressive and played green light ball. We really improved our passing from weeks before so that was great. Our entire team was invested in these games which showed by the intensity and loudness of all. They definitely left it all on the floor and I was very proud to be a part of their fight.”

Pine River’s overall record is 8-9-5.