Pine River girls hungry for wins

MORLEY —  Pine River lost in bracket play to Onaway 25-19, 28-26 in Saturday’s Morley Stanwood Invitational. The Bucks lost in three pool play matches to Morley Stanwood, 25-20, 25-20 to Tri County and 27-25, 25-20 to Carson City-Crystal.

“We’re up and down still,” Pine River coach Jana Dennis said. “We mixed up our lineup a little bit and tried to get some consistency. We’re getting into the second half of the season. It was good competition. We definitely have an opportunity to work on things.”

KayLee Goodman had 28 kills, 19 digs and nine blocks for Pine River, while Julie Justin had 16 kills and 21 digs, Ally Stokely added 10 digs and Logan Powell had 61 assists.

“We didn’t play our best, but I thought we improved from our game Tuesday night against Manton,” Powell said.

“It was a mentally taxing day for the girls,” Dennis said. “They played so hard and leave it all on the floor, but just aren’t able to get the wins. We will continue to strive through this and keep working hard on those little things keeping us from victories. Our play was definitely better than it was on Tuesday, but just not good enough for us or enough to get the wins. These girls have a lot of heart and they will keep fighting through this for each other and the good of our family.”

Pine River was at Marion Tuesday.

On Oct. 4, Pine River played Manton and lost  25-18, 25-16,25-22.

Goodman had eight kills and eight digs; Julie Justin had eight kills and 19 digs and Logan Powell had 24 assists and 7 digs

“Manton played a good game,” Dennis said. “We struggled with serving consistency and that did not help us. It’s back to the drawing board for tweaking and refocusing.”