HOWARD CITY – Central Montcalm got its district title hopes off on the right foot Monday.
The Green Hornets sent Tri County to the sidelines in the Class B district by beating the Vikings 25-12, 25-15, 25-12.
“We played really well,” Central coach Haley Dawe said.
Tri County coach Ashley Jelinek’s team didn’t, and she knew it.
“Mentally not with it, lots of mistakes, lots of mental, mental mistakes,” Jelinek lamented. “We played a better team and they (Central) got the best of us.”
The Hornets didn’t have any long runs where they jumped out to a big lead. They got some points, gave up one, then got some more points before Tri County (3-35-3) would get the serve back.
“It was real tough,” Jelinek said. “They (Central) controlled pace with my middle (hitter), and my setter tried to take control of the game by tipping but their middle hitter was amazing. We couldn’t get a tip or a kill off of her because her domination at the net.”
That middle hitter was Paige Switzer, who finished the night with nine kills, seven aces and three blocks, each of which were team highs.
“We wanted to work a lot of things out (Monday night),” Dawe said, “and make sure we’re well-prepared for Chippewa Hills, who we’ve seen twice before, on Wednesday. They’re a well-coached team, too. So we’ll take what we had from tonight. We had the district nerves in the beginning.”
Karli Clark added six kills and nine assists, Michaela Crooks dished out 15 assists, and Courtney Edwards had five digs and five aces.
“We’re excited to get one under our belts and play again on Wednesday,” Dawe said.
As for the Vikings, a tough season is over. So there will be a lot to do between now and next August, when volleyball season starts back up again.
“A lot of kids are going to play AAU,” Jelinek said. “Lots of training, lots of hitting and blocking work at the net.”