Pine River’s volleyball season ends

MORLEY — All three games were competitive, but Morley Stanwood was still able to pull out a 3-0 sweep over Pine River on Wednesday in a Division 3 district semifinal volleyball match.

The Mohawks fired past the Bucks 25-17, 25-20, 25-21 to advance to Thursday’s title game against Lakeview.

“I think the girls were excited to come into districts and they have high expectations of themselves,” Morley Stanwood coach Robin Kozuch said. “I don’t think it was our best play of the year. I don’t know if they got a little comfortable after winning the first game. A win’s a win.”

Raven Hoskins had a tip and block to give the Mohawks a 24-15 lead in the first game and McKenzie Scott had a kill for the 25th point.

Julie Justin’s kill tied the game, 16-16, and the Bucks had a 19-17 lead on Justin’s ace. But the Mohawks came back and took the last two game points on aces from Mikayla Moore.

Pine River had early leads in the third game, but the Mohawks took advantage of several Bucks’ service errors and led 16-13 on an ace from Breanna Barry and 24-19 on a kill by Hoskins.

Pine River got the next two points but then served out-of-bounds to end the match.

“We were in a lot of games this season but just couldn’t finish them,” Pine River coach Jana Dennis said. “I thought we just had to eliminate our errors.”

“We played with a lot of intensity,” Pine River defensive specialist Livy Vanderhoof said. “We did a good job of picking ourselves up. I thought we played with a lot of heart. We made lots of progress.”

KayLee Goodman had 10 kills and 10 digs, Justin had 20 digs and five kills and Logan Powell had 24 assists and eight digs

“We came out to play but just couldn’t put it all together,” Dennis said “We were given many opportunities but couldn’t take advantage of them. The girls gave 100 percent effort and I couldn’t be prouder of how they fought. Even though our record does not reflect this team’s potential this team was a great team. The seniors will surely be missed by all.”

Pine River was 2-2 on the Highland Conference Tourney on Oct. 29. The Bucks lost to Beal City 25-22, 25-17; defeated Evart 25-17, 25-9; and McBain Northern Michigan Christian 25-17, 21-25, 15-9 and lost to Manton 25-16, 18-25, 15-10.

Goodman had 34 kills, 26 digs and six blocks; Justin had 14 kills and 17 digs; Alexis Bennett had 16 kills; Logan Powell had 67 assists and 17 digs; Maddie Martin chipped in 10 kills and 10 digs and Livy Vanderhoof and Ally Stokely added 20 and 16 digs respectively.

“I thought the girls came in to fight,” Dennis said. “We played better than we’ve played most of the year. We still let the communication piece get the best of us, but overall I felt that we had many more moments that showed what we are really made of. I feel we are in a good place to be heading into districts. Now these next two practices will be spent putting everything we’ve been focusing on together.”

Pine River’s final  record is 18-30-6.

 Pine River notched a 25-16, 25-13, 25-20 Highland Conference win over Evart on Oct. 25.

For Pine River, Powell had 21 assists and seven aces; Goodman had seven kills and five blocks Bennett had nine kills and Justin had six kills and 11 digs.

“This provided an opportunity for us to work on some different looks,” Dennis said.