CM netters second at own tournament


By Chip Burch • Last Updated 11:53 am on Monday, October 24, 2011

Central Montcalm’s Courtney Schmidt, right, attacks over Fowler’s Savannah Baker (6) and Cassie Koenningsknecht (8) during the teams’ semifinal match in the Hornet Invitational Saturday.

STANTON – Central Montcalm’s volleyball team hosted a volleyball tournament Saturday and nearly won their own championship trophy.
However, the Green Hornets fell in the finals of the tournament to the Grant Tigers 25-20, 25-19.

“We played well,” Central coach Haley Dawe said. “You have your moments when things don’t go the way you wanted.”

The Hornets didn’t lose at all in the matches leading up to the finals. Central opened pool play with a 25-22, 25-18, 25-17 win over Tri County, then knocked off Breckenridge 25-20, 26-24, 18-25.

That gave Hornets first in the pool and a match against Fowler in the semifinals. The Eagles made it tough, but Central prevailed 25-20, 19-25, 15-12.

“I thought we were evenly matched,” Dawe said. “It went our way, and it went their way.”

But the difference was working hard, she noted.

“I thought our intensity and teamwork,” Dawe said. “They (Central) wanted it being at home and with the home crowd.”

That put the Hornets in the final against the Tigers.

“We knew going into it they (Grant) would be tough,” Dawe said.

Grant got the win in straight games, and Dawe knew why.

“When we can’t get a pass, our strength is our hitting and we couldn’t get a hit in,” she said.

Central’s leading hitter was Paige Switzer with 35 kills. Courtney Edwards had a team-high 23 digs and nine aces, and Michaela Crooks had 62 assists.

The Vikings also lost to Breckenridge 25-16, 25-15, 25-18.

Bailey Meredith had 33 digs to lead Tri County. Sam Inman had 18 assists and two aces and Mackenzie Paulin made seven blocks and 20 kills.

Tri County will play again Tuesday at Ludington, while the Hornets will go to Lakeview for a CSAA triangular against the host Wildcats and Big Rapids.

When asked what Central will be working on between the weekend and Wednesday, Dawe had one thing she wanted to work on.

“I’m just hoping it’s server receive,” she said. “We need to pass the ball better.”

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