Pine River girls 0-2-3 at Traverse City
LEROY — Pine River returns some key players to its volleyball team this season, which has coach Jana Dennis eager to get started.
The first action was Saturday at Traverse City Central and the Bucks were 0-2-3.
Pine River split with Wayland (25-20,19-25) and Benzie Central (22-25, 25-23) and lost to Traverse City Central (25-13, 25-12). The Bucks split with Our Lady of Our Lakes (25-19, 21-25). In bracket play, the Bucks lost 25-20, 25-19 at Caledonia.
For Pine River, KayLee Goodman had 20 kills, 16 digs and three blocks; Julie Justin had 20 kills and 22 digs; Hannah Hill had 15 kills and 12 digs; Logan Powell had 53 assists and 15 digs and Ally Stokely and Livy Vanderhoof added 12 and 11 digs, respectively.
“We came into this tournament with many people playing slightly different roles, so we were unsure how things would go,” Dennis said. “We came out strong against Wayland and it was clear that these role changes would be OK. As the day went on there were many little things we discovered that needed to be worked on, however the entire team felt like our losses were completely on us. Little things that we did throughout the games cost us victories.”
Practices started on Aug. 10.
“The girls have come in with a great attitude,” Dennis said. “They want to work hard and they have some goals they want to accomplish. They’re excited about the season and how their hard work is going to pay off.”
Top players include Justin, a senior, and Goodman, a junior. Hill, a senior outside hitter, also will play a key role.
Justin will be an outside hitter.
“She’ll be an all-round player,” Dennis said. “She’s one of my most (consistent) players. She can jell with the team and help keep them focused. She’ll ask what I want her to do and she’ll do it to the best of her ability.”
Dennis indicated she might have Goodman do some setting this season.
“She brings a positive attitude to the floor,” Dennis said. “She wants the team to play the best they can be and help girls reach their potential.”
Dennis likes Hill’s work ethic.
“She gives you 100 percent all the time,” Dennis said. “She works hard.”
Logan Powell will be a sophomore setter and Kierra Justin a senior hitter. Madison Martin, a junior, was injured most of last season
Powell “has a year under her belt and has been more comfortable on the floor and making good decisions on where she puts the ball,” Dennis said. “She’s been playing good defense.”
Dennis expects the Bucks to surprise many teams and play at a high level.
The Bucks have a home quad on Thursday.