REED CITY – It’s a good day for volleyball.
Lake City and Reed City fared well on the Coyotes’ first Saturday Invitational.
The Trojans went 5-1 on aggregate and finished second. Lake City beat Gaylord 25-23, 25-23; beat Ludington 25-20, 27-26 and defeated Evart 25-16, 25-7 in pool before beating the Blue Devils again in the quarter-finals 25-15, 25-9.
They beat Ludington 25-12, 25-12 in the semi-final before falling to Lansing Catholic 25-14, 25-15 in the final.
“The long days are always the best days. My girls came out and gave it their all in a very competitive tournament in Reed City,” Lake City coach Amber Besko said. “Second place in our second tournament and I couldn’t be happier with how our team is starting to come together.
“We played against a very fast Lansing Catholic team and we just ran out of steam. We have to continue in these difficult games to work on our own mental strength. Overall we continue to improve and now we are even more hungry for a first place.
Mackenzie Bisballe paced Lake City with 30 kills, 20 blocks, 52 assists and 14 digs while Emily Urie had three kills, 15 digs and two blocks. Hannah Vasicek had eight kills while Alie Bisballe added 35 kills and 17 blocks.
Kaylee Keenan had 33 digs and served 100%; Helen Brown 36 assists and six digs; Kasey Keenan 16 killed; Haylee Parniske 10 kills, six blocks and eight digs; Jenna Harris and Hannah Hern do four digs each; and Leah Linderman two aces and 100% service.
Reed City went 4-1, falling in the Gold Division semi-finals.
The Coyotes beat Comstock Park 25-16, 25-16; beat Kalkaska 25-21, 25-12; and beat Farwell 25-12, 25-14 in pool before beating Comstock Park 25-20, 25-16 in the quarter-finals and falling to Lansing Catholic 25-20, 25-18 in the semi-finals.
Ashlynn Juras had three digs; Kyleigh Weck two aces, 30 kills, eight blocks, three assists and 32 digs; Kenzie Shoemaker an ace, two kills and 18 digs; Molly Bowman nine aces, 13 kills and 64 digs; Rachael Van Syckle five aces, three kills, 85 assists and 15 digs; Andie Bennett five kills and 17 digs; Kendall Henry five kills and 41 digs; Christina Malackanich seven aces, 31 kills, seven blocks and 23 digs; and Emma Johnston an ace, seven kills, two blocks and 10 digs.
GRAND RAPIDS — Manton had a good day winning the Kenowa Hills Invitational.
Rangers beat Muskegon Oakridge 25-12, 25-15; beat Greenville 25-21, 25-16; shared with Whitehall 25-23, 15-25; and lost to Kenowa Hill 25-20, 25-16.
Manton beat Whitehall 20-25, 25-22, 15-13 in the semifinals and defeated Kenowa Hills 25-18, 11-25, 15-10 in the final.
“In the past seven days we’ve played three tournaments and a quad…all in the first week of school, but you’d never guess,” said Manton coach Nikki Helsel. “The girls played strong and fresh all day.
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“We aimed to test our skills against the biggest teams and hopefully learn some valuable lessons. Honestly, I don’t know how many of them would have believed me if I had told them at the start of the day that we were going to win, but as we progressed through the pool you could see their confidence grow and they started to believe it.
“They played serious defense and smart attack. We made up for our size drawbacks with our speed. I think the most impressive takeaway was their mental toughness. They played solid every game and never let a big play get in their way, especially in the last game against Kenowa Hills. We lost Game 2 by a wide margin and started six points behind the deciding game at 15. They managed to pull themselves together and hit the gas and never look back. This experience will be something we will build on throughout the season.
Adriana Sackett had 20 kills, three aces and 49 digs; Ashley Bredahl six kills, four aces, 34 digs and 99 assists; Bridgette Collins one kill, four digs and one assist; Emma Ruppert a kill and 15 searches; Genevieve Alexander four kills, one ace, four digs, three assists per block; Lauren Wilder 26 kills, four aces, 41 digs, two assists and three blocks; Leah Helsel 38 kills, five aces, 48 digs, two assists and 10 blocks; Makayla Gowell two aces and five digs; Morgan Shepler 28 kills, five aces, 19 digs and one block; and Madison Schnitker a dig and a block.
Manton (13-2-3 overall) hosts McBain and Beal City on September 8.
MOUNT PLEASANT — Cadillac lost a 4-1 decision to Mount Pleasant in a non-conference football game on Saturday.
Cadyn Rossell scored the Vikings’ only goal while Jack Lucas played well defensively.
Cadillac is in Reed City on Tuesday.
• Mount Pleasant won the JV match 2-1.
McGill McGuire scored for Cadillac while Jack Gulish played well defensively.