Pine River prepares for Morley Stanwood tourney

LEROY — The Pine River Bucks volleyball team will be testing its talents this Saturday at the Morley Stanwood Invitational.

The Bucks hosted Manton on Tuesday night, Sept. 30, and came out with a 3-1 win.

Pine River dropped the first set, 25-13, but recovered to win 25-21, 25-14 and 28-26 in the next three sets to take the victory.

“Sluggish would be a kind word for how we started off,” Pine River coach Jana Dennis said. “We couldn’t get anything to click offensively. We dug in and found a way to win. It definitely wasn’t pretty at times but sometimes getting the job done isn’t.”

Kyla Johnson had 13 kills and eight digs for the Bucks with Brittany Davis and Kaylee Goodman each adding nine and six kills, respectively.

Morgan Sumpter had 26 assists throughout the night.

Davis had a kill in the second game for a 24-21 lead and Sumpter followed with an ace. KayLee Goodman had an ace for a 13-6 lead in the third game. Chelsey TerBurgh had a kill and Davis had an ace in the third game.

Manton had a 24-23 lead in the third game but Pine River was able to come back for the win. Julie Justin had the kill for the winning point.

“I think we did good,” TerBurgh said. “We came back pretty good.”

“We just weren’t communicating well in that first game and weren’t focused on what our goal is,” Dennis said. “It was nice to see us come back the next three games and get a little more intense.”

The Bucks are 14-15-3 overall and 1-2 in the Highland.

“Serve receive is still a struggle for us,” Dennis said. “Our net work seems to be much improved. Just overall defense, we’re working hard.”