Pine River volleyball team 3-0 at home quad meet

LEROY  — Pine River was 3-0 at its home quad on Monday.

The Bucks opened with a 25-23, 21-25, 15-6 win over Clare. Pine River then defeated East Jordan (25-23, 25-12).

In the final match of the night, the Bucks stopped Kalkaska 2-1 despite losing the first game 25-8. Pine River won the next two games (25-20 and 15-9) to take the match.

Against Kalkaska, Kyla Johnson had the game-winning point. Julie Justin’s ace ended the third game.

Johnson had 15 kills, eight digs and seven aces; Kaylee Goodman had eight kills and 13 digs; Brittany Davis contributed 10 kills, four digs and six aces; Justin had nine kills and 10 digs and Morgan Sumpter added 37 assists.

“We had a goal tonight of limiting the amount of service errors and we did just that,” Pine River coach Jana Dennis said. “Having this quad right after a tournament gives us a real good look at what things we need to improve on and will give us a focus for practice. The girls did a great job (Monday) working as a team and supporting each other. Kyla did a real good job with helping the team keep their intensity up.”

Pine River has a 5-3 record.

“We played sluggish at times,” Dennis said. “We had a geat team effort. Everyone stepped up.”

The Bucks are at the Kingsley Invitational on Sept. 6.

“We have a lot of little things to work on,” Dennis said. “Our passing will be our primary focus.”

Pine River volleyball traveled to Traverse City Central Saturday for a nine-team tourney.

The Bucks were 2-2 in pool play beating Elk Rapids and Traverse City Christian and losing to Walled Lake Central and Waterford Our Lady.

Pine River lost in quarterfinals of the tourney to Waterford Our Lady.

Johnson had 10 kills and 17 digs; Brittany Davis had 12 kills and 12 digs; Morgan Sumpter had 26 assists and 12 digs; Kaylee Goodman contributed nine kills and two blocks and Julie Justin added 11 digs.

“For being our first tournament and being a fairly inexperienced varsity team, there were many things that went well,” Dennis said. “The team handled out of system opportunities well and worked as a team. We were aggressive on our serves and relentless on defense. This tournament was a great opportunity for us to see what we needed to work on. I’m very proud of the heart the girls showed throughout the day.”