Crossroads volleyball player ready for bowling season

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BIG RAPIDS — Crossroads Charter Academy athlete Ashlynn McNeilly makes the tricky transition from volleyball in the fall to bowling in the winter.

Now, rather than serving, passing, stinging, digging and attacking the ball, McNeilly is focusing on picking up a much heavier object and throwing it down the lanes while enjoying the sound of falling pins.

She has been playing volleyball since fifth grade. She was on the volleyball team for about half of the season last year.

“It was my first solid year in college,” she said, adding after one game that season she played away. “I thought it went pretty well. I had a lot of good solid hits I think. The key is to be on the verge of covering and being able to support the setter every time he comes out.

As for volleyball compared to other sports, “I really like how fast it is and how you really rely on teamwork, all the way through and how you can’t do it on your own. -even, of course.”

Crossroads had to go through some COVID-related quarantines, which obviously made the season a major challenge.

“We didn’t win a lot, but all together we had a lot of fun and played well together,” McNeilly said, adding that his striking strategy was mainly to “put where they can’t put it.” obtain”. ”

This week, McNeilly and his bowling team were scheduled to begin practices.

“I’m really excited,” she said.

When she was a junior bowler for the ACC last year, McNeilly in the league won a season-high bronze medal with a 138.

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