2017-09-13 / Sports

Lady Pioneers fall in semis at own invitational

BC, ‘Skins bows out in quarterfinals


Lexie Davidson Cros-Lex Lexie Davidson Cros-Lex CROSWELL — It would have been a nice accomplishment for the Cros-Lex volleyball team to reach the finals of their own tournament on Saturday.

But, the Lady Pioneers fell just short, losing to Monroe in the semifinals. Monroe went on to defeat North Branch, a perennial power in Class B, in the championship match.

Brown City and Sandusky also competed at Cros-Lex and reached the quarterfinals.

Cros-Lex picked up some momentum as the day went on, beating Harbor Beach (25-20, 25-16), Bad Axe (25-15, 25-16), and Macomb Lutheran North (26-24, 25-21) in pool play.

After defeating Yale in the quarterfinals (25-17, 25-13), the Lady Pioneers, now 18-7-4, fell to Monroe in straight sets, 17-25, 17-25.

“Today was a bit of a bell curve,” explained Ryan Wilson, C-L head coach. “We started slow against Harbor Beach and then (later) Monroe took us out of our game a bit in the semifinal. We played our best volleyball in the middle of the day against Lutheran North and Yale.”

Wilson added later, “The match with Monroe, though, was good for us as they are a very tough team and they showed us some things that we need to work on, both individually, skill-wise and as a team. All in all, there were a lot of good things that showed up.”

Lexie Davidson and Devyn Gordon led the Lady Pioneers with 28 kills each. Davidson also had 42 serve receptions and 33 digs while Gordon led the team in blocks with nine. Other stat leaders were Sydney Soper (46 assists, 25 digs) Laurel Shaw 52 digs, 45 serve receptions, Danielle Ripenbark with 12 aces and Gabbie Childers, Kyra Silverthorn and Maia Fagan combined for 41 kills.

The Lady Green Devils of Brown City moved on to the playoffs by defeating Ubly (25-15, 26-24) and St. Clair (25-17, 25-17) and splitting with Yale (22-25, 25-21) in pool play. BC then lost in the quarters to Lutheran North (21-25, 19-25).

Junior Kendal Muxlow had a strong day at the net with 46 kills. She was aided by Ann Schlaud with 17 kills and five aces, Alexis Wiltsie with 60 assists and Erika Troia with 15 digs.

The Lady Redskins of Sandusky had a good start to the tournament, against bigger schools, by splitting with L’Anse Creuse (25- 19, 20-25) and beating Port Huron (25-17, 25-22).

But then, they faced North Branch – twice. The Broncos (ranked No. 3 this season) ended the pool play by turning back Sandusky (25-18, 25-12).

That loss put the Lady ‘Skins back into a rematch with North Branch in the first round of playoffs. The results were similar, Sandusky being swept, 14-25, 14-25.

On the day, Sandusky had 40 assists from Callie Jacobson, 12 kills and four blocks from Haley Nelson, 15 kills from Gabrielle Gough, and nine kills and three blocks from Taylor Calkins.

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