District Volleyball Round 1 Results
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Photos of Newaygo v Tri County by Alexis Mercer
Hesperia won (3-0) over Hart in the first round of district play tonight. Game scores were 25-19, 25-23, 25-17. The Panther attack was led by Emily Bayle with 12 kills, Rachel Romero with 9 kills, and Delaney Yates with 5 kills. Kyra Sayer had 18 assists and Aria Thomas had 9. Sayer led with 3 aces at the service line. Brooke Billings and Isabelle Rumsey each had 2 aces. Defensively, Romero and Bayle had 7 and 6 digs respectively. Bayle had 2 blocks on the night, Rumsey and Brooke Billings each had 1.
The Panthers are now 37-11-1 going into the semi-final round of districts against the Mason County Central Spartans Wednesday at 7:00.
Holton will face Shelby Wednesday at 5 with the winners squaring off Friday at 6 pm.
MS defeated Lakeview 3-0 and will face White Cloud Wednesday at 7:30 pm
The survivor gets the winner of KC/Ravenna Friday at 7pm
Fremont fell 3-0 to the hosts and Newaygo shut out Tri-County.
When Newaygo visited Tri-County during regular season conference play, they lost to the Vikings in 4. A few weeks later at the Kent City Invitational, Newaygo was defeated once again by the Vikings in both sets of pool play. But the Lions were determined to change the story line and keep their season going on Monday night in Coopersville.
In the first set, the Vikings and Lions each went on runs putting themselves ahead significantly only to have the other team surge and tie, then pull ahead themselves. Newaygo found themselves down more than up, however, and it looked like TC was going to pull out the first game. Until the Lions’ head coach Kristin Melvin called a time-out and lit a fire under the hitters. Newaygo came back swinging hard and often, and despite a solid final ditch effort by the Vikings to keep their lead, won 29-27.
The close score at the end of the first set continued on to the second with neither team seeming to be able to break open the lead. Back and forth they went, point after point. But it was the strong offense, especially Rylee Maat’s outside hitting, that sparked the Lions who went on to win 25-20.
The third set the Lions had control of from the beginning so they were able to sub in players to get some valuable tournament time experience, including for freshman setter Emma Mortensen and sophomore hitter Kayla Fisk. The final set score was 25-20. With the shutout, the Lions continue their season.
Newaygo faces Grant at 7:00 pm Wednesday.
Sparta plays Coopersville in the other semi-final game and the winners of each will face off on Friday night.