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Pine River second LEROY – Pine River finished second in the Highland Conference volleyball tournament on Saturday. The Bucks started out with wins of 25-14, 25-18 over Marion and 25-17, 25-17 over Lake City and then lost to Beal City 25-18, 25-15. After defeating Manton, the Bucks came back with a 25-21, 25-17 win over Manton. They lost to Beal City 25-21, 25-13. Cayman Gatt led the way with 46 digs and 14 kills for Pine River while Kassy Nelson delivered 15 kills, 27 digs and eight aces, Elizabeth Whitley had 48 assists, 11 kills, 23 digs and 10 aces and Alexis Stokely had 28 assists, 17 digs and eight aces, followed by Jamie Justin with 20 kills and Christie Nelson with 49 digs. “The day overall was successful,” said Pine River coach Jana Dennis. “The girls played together great. We kept up the intensity most of the day and had our eyes set on Beal. Unfortunately, our serve receive passing gave up some crucial points and the amazing blocking of Beal deflated our intensity. We just weren’t able to get ourselves back up to the level that we needed to beat them. We came out with a different game plan the second time we played them and that worked much better. “Unfortunately, we put ourselves in a hole early and just couldn’t dig ourselves out of it. Definitely a disappointment  with coming in second but now our focus is on post season. We are excited and determined to prove a point.”   White Cloud 3, Reed City 0 WHITE CLOUD – White Cloud clinched a share of the Central State Activities Association title with a 3-0 blanking of Reed City Wednesday night. White Cloud posted scores of 25-16, 25-22, 25-15 to clinch a share of the title with Chippewa Hills and Morley Stanwood. Reed City ended its league season at 6-3. For Reed City, Heather Tacey had an ace, two kills, nine digs and 20 assists, Jacolyn Mullins collected 15 digs and eight kills; Alaina Woodard had three blocks, Emma Lockhart produced four kills and 15 digs. Michaela Reed had three kills and Kalee Hensel added 18 digs. “We never seemed to get into a groove,” said Reed City coach Don Patterson. “We played good for stretches but couldn’t find a rhythm.”   Pine River 3, Coleman 0 COLEMAN — Pine River’s volleyball team is moving on after a 3-0 first round district victory over Coleman on Monday. The Bucks won the match 25-18, 25-14, 25-13 and will face Harrison in the district semifinal on Wednesday at McBain High School. Pine River was led by Cayman Gatt with nine kills and five digs, while Kassy Nelson added four kills and six digs. Alexis Stokely contributed 10 assists and eight aces on the evening, while Elizabeth Whitley added 17 assists. Jamie Justin and Michelle Kelsey chipped in seven and five kills, respectively. Pine River coach Jana Dennis said the contest was a good tune-up for Wednesday’s match. “We knew what we would have to do to win, and that is play consistently, pass well and work together,” she said. “We did all of those things. The energy from the stands and bench were great.”   Pine River 3, Lake City 0 LEROY- Pine River finished the Highland Conference regular season on Oct. 23, beating Lake City 25-16, 25-16, 25-20. Cayman Gatt had nine kills and 10 digs for Pine River, followed by Kassy Nelson, who had nine kills and eight digs and six aces. Christie Nelson led defensively with 15 digs “We did a great job playing together and having fun,”said Pine River coach Jana Dennis. “It was great to see the team work the floor so well. Our serve receive was a little shaky at times but they were able to get it under control.” Pine River’s overall record for the regular season was 36-15-1 while the Highland record is 7-1.   Evart falls EVART – Evart placed eighth at the Highland Conference tournament on Saturday and lost toMcBain Monday night in the Class C districts. Leading hitters were Saige Nabozny and Kirsten Parsons. “Lydia Wetters also played well with numerous assists and great serving,” said Evart coach Jayme Maddern.