Central Montcalm finishes 2-1 at quad

By Chip Burch • Last Updated 7:07 pm on Thursday, September 22, 2011

Central Montcalm’s Michaela Crooks, right, attacks over the attempted block of Portland’s Nicole Green during Monday night’s match.

STANTON – Central Montcalm’s volleyball team took on three Ionia County opponents in a quadrangular meet Monday and the result was mixed.
The Green Hornets won two of the three matches they played, beating Portland St. Patrick and Saranac, but losing to Portland.

Central (9-9-3) opened the night by taking the Shamrocks in two tough games, 27-26 and 26-24.

“They (St. Patrick) could pass,” Hornet coach Haley Dawe said. “Portland St. Patrick has a nice passing squad.”

Dawe said her team willed their way to victory.

“It was staying mentally strong,” she said. “We had to keep hitting.”

Then came the Raiders, who won a three-game match 16-25, 25-15, 15-11.

Central started out strong but “we got quiet,” Dawe said.

“I have to give Portland credit. They came out (in the second game) swinging and we shut down.”

However, things went a little easier against the Redskins, who looked outmatched and lost 25-15, 25-23 to the Hornets.

“I thought especially the first game we played well,” Dawe said. “We never really got off our game.”

That wasn’t the case in the second game, and Saranac took advantage.

“The second game we made a lot of unforced errors,” Dawe said.

Michaela Crooks and Karli Clark had 24 assists each. Along with Paige Switzer, all three got three aces each.

Switzer added a team-high 19 kills and 15 digs, and Clark added six blocks. Crooks dug up nine balls.

“Right now we’re playing inconsistent high school volleyball and not as a team,” Dawe said. “It showed against Portland.”

The Green Hornets will get back into Central State Activities Association play Wednesday when they face Chippewa Hills and White Cloud at home.

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