PETOSKEY — Sault High volleyball competed in a quad tournament at Petoskey Saturday.
The Blue Devils placed second in pool play at the four-team event. The Sault split two sets against Elk Rapids, 23-25, 25-19, and then swept past Onaway 25-19, 25-16. Petoskey turned back the Blue Devils 25-20, 25-18.
Advancing to bracket play, Elk Rapids outlasted the Blue Devils 25-18, 16-25, 16-14 in the semifinals. Petoskey went on to win the four-team event, dropping Elk Rapids in the final match.
Bowing out of the event with a close, two-point loss in the third set, was a tough ending for the Sault.
“It was a pretty disappointing way to end the day as we definitely had our opportunities to to win that game, and we were hoping to have another chance at Petoskey but I think the girls learned a lot from the loss and will use that tough lesson in the future,” Sault High coach Jessica Murawski said. “Over all the day started really slow but I really enjoyed seeing the girls compete and play with some more grit.”
Sault senior Jordyn Haller led the team with 36 kills and 36 digs, and also contributed five blocks, three aces and an assist. Jayla Jorgenson served a team-high 10 aces, and was second in digs with 25 digs. Taylor Pratt dealt out 39 assists and had 14 digs and six aces, while Claire Erickson finished with nine blocks, 12 kills and five digs.
“Jayla Jorgenson had a standout day, and really played with a lot of fire and got us back into some games with her serving,” Murawski said.
Sault High’s varsity and JVs have a home match scheduled this Thursday against Cheboygan.
Sault JVs win quad
The Sault JV team won a quad tournament at Inland Lakes Saturday. The Sault was undefeated in pool play, beating Cheboygan, Onaway and Gaylord’s freshman team. The Sault spilled Gaylord’s freshmen in the championship match 25-16, 25-23.
Isabella Dewildt notched 13 digs and eight aces, while Kylee Pavlat finished with eight digs, 11 kills, three aces, two assists and one block for the Sault. Kennedy Hagen put together 13 digs, eight kills, seven aces, 52 assists. Kenzie Bell had 21 digs, 19 kills, two blocks, an assist and eight aces, while Chelsea McLeod added 20 digs, 17 aces and one assist.
Sault frosh step up in JV quad
The Sault freshman team also played in a quad event at Inland Lakes Saturday, facing three JV teams. In pool play the Sault split with Rogers City 15-25, 25-15 and Inland Lakes 25-23, 15-15, while dropping two against Gaylord 15-25, 15-15. In the semifinals, Inland Lakes downed the Sault 24-26, 25-20, 15-11.
Abbie Church set the Sault lead in assists with 15, also had two aces and four digs. Lucy Huskey compiled six kills, five aces, five digs and four assists. Hallie LaBonte led in digs with nine and had four aces, while Kelsey Benoit had nine aces, three digs and a team-best nine kills.
Rudyard sweeps Cedarville
The Bulldogs continued their recent Eastern UP Conference dominance, clipped Cedarville 3-0 in a home opener Thursday night.
Rudyard won in straight sets by scores of 25-20, 25-15, 25-15.
The Bulldogs served 15 aces, led by Brooklyn Besteman’s total of four. Besteman also hit a team-leading 10 kills, while Sara Beelen had nine kills, and Laine Grenfell and Meagan Postma had six kills each. The Bulldogs registered eight team blocks.
“For our first home game I know the girls were nervous, as was I since I am the new coach and it was my first home game,” Rudyard coach Amanda Reid said. “We started off shaky and made little mistakes, but they came back and played really well together. Couldn’t have been more proud of my girls.”
Rudyard visits Brimley, while Cedarville plays host to Pickford on Tuesday.