Pine River second at home invitational

LEROY  —  Pine River settled for second place in its own volleyball invitational on Saturday after losing 2-0 in the finals to Greenville. The Bucks defeated Reed City twice, once in pool play and again in the semifinals, to get the title shot.

In the five-team field, Pine River was second and Reed City third, putting the two teams against each other in the semifinals. Pine River had strong attacks at the net to win 25-16, 25-20.

In the final, Greenville won the first one 25-12 and then bolted out to a 23-11 lead in the second game. Chelsey Terburgh served two aces and helped the Bucks closed the gap to 24-17. Greenville prevailed for the 25-18 victory.

Pine River, in pool play, defeated Marion 25-20, 25-22, split with Clare 25-22, 23-25, swept Reed CIty 25-18, 25-22 and lost to Greenville 25-19, 25-8.

“We really focused this week on executing a well passed ball off a serve,” Pine River coach Jana Dennis said. “As a team we really solidified that aspect of the game. Tailor Charles did a great job passing the ball all day. Our serving let us down at times and the chemistry between our hitters and setters struggled.”

“Overall, though, I am happy with how we played. We are a young team that is growing each time we play.”

For Pine River, Kyla Johnson had 20 kills and 13 digs; Julie Justin had 12 kills, 24 digs and nine aces; Kaylee Goodman had 14 kills 20 digs; Brittany Davis contributed 20 kills and four blocks and Morgan Sumpter added 15 digs and 48 assists. Charles led the team in digs with 34. 

Reed City, in pool play, split with Clare 20-25, 25-13, lost to Pine River 25-18, 25-22, split with Greenville 13-25, 27-26 and swept Marion 25-19, 25-13.

For Reed City, Ally Yarger had 10 aces, 10 kills and two blocks, followed by Jordyn Storch with three aces and a kill, Brenna Westhoff with two blocks, two kills and an ace, Skiler Brigham with six blocks, five aces and 12 kills, Alison Schermerhorn with nine aces and 21 kills, Meghan Borst with three blocks, seven aces and 12 kills and Hanna Price with two kills.  

Megan Donley, a front row right hitter was gone for personal reasons.

“I think we continue to improve week in and week out,” Reed City coach Don Patterson said. “That’s kind of the goal. I thought some kids made some leaps. Alison Schermerhorn had a lot of kills (Saturday). Jordyn, our freshman setter, made some good strides. She had some nice improvements. She’s starting to get her shoulders square on the ball when she’s setting. She’s a hard worker and good listener.”

Reed City, 4-13 overall, played at Newaygo Tuesday in Central State Activities Association action. This Saturday, Reed City and Pine River are both at Cadilac.

“As a team, I thought we improved defensively,” Patterson said. “Our serve receive started to come as the day went on.”

Pine River, 11-7-2, was at Lake City on Tuesday.