Belding 2-1-1 at Godwin Heights: The Redskins opened the season Saturday by going 2-1-1 at the Wyoming Godwin Heights Invitational. Belding beat the host Eagles 25-19, 25-23, then downed Providence Freedom Christian 25-21, 25-11. Against Wyoming High they lost the first game 25-18 but came back for a 25-13 win in game two. That gave Belding first place in their pool, but they were promptly dispatched by Allendale 25-14, 25-21. Stefanie Harig had a team-high 24 kills followed by Rachel Hunt with 23. Harig added 39 digs to Hunt’s 24. Brooke Linebaugh had 51 assists, Greta Wilker added three aces and Kerri Smith had four blocks. Quote: “I thought that was pretty good for a first day. Overall, I thought a very good first day and start to the season.” — Belding coach Mikayla Linebaugh. Record: 2-1-1. Next match: at the Cadillac Invitational Thursday.
Lakeview third at Chippewa Hills: The Wildcats split four matches at the Chippewa Hills Invitational Saturday to finish in third place overall. Lakeview beat Evart 25-8, 25-15 before losing to Midland Dow 25-18, 25-13. The Wildcats went into the gold bracket as a wild card, and ended up playing Dow again. This time Dow won 25-16, 22-25, 15-12. That put Lakeview in the consolation game against Clare, where they won 25-17, 25-19. Andrea Henry led the Wildcats with 13 kills and Erin Vanderzand added seven. Vanderzand also had eight aces and Lauren Jaquays had nine blocks. Quote: “We struggled with our serving in the beginning but we improved throughout the day.” — Lakeview coach Tammy Dey. Record: 2-2. Next match: at the Fowlerville tournament Thursday.
Central wins, loses, splits: The Green Hornets went to the Carson City-Crystal Invitational Saturday for their season opener and started out by beating Vestaburg 25-17, 25-15. They then lost to Beal City 25-18, 25-14, then beat Genesee 25-17 in the first game but lost the second 26-24. That loss was enough to knock the Hornets out of bracket play. Central was led by Paige Switzer with 23 kills, six blocks, eight digs and four aces, Michaela Crooks with 32 assists, seven kills and five aces and Brooke Hollenbeck with four aces and 11 digs. Quote: “We played really well at times (Saturday), but often started in a bit of a hole. We need the confidence to go out and play our game every time.” — Central coach Haley Dawe. Record: 1-1-1. Next match: at home against Ithaca Wednesday.
CC-Crystal 2-1-1 at home: The Eagles started out in their own tournament Saturday with a split with eventual champion Fulton, losing the opener 25-23 but winning the second 27-26. Then they beat Ashley 25-15, 25-10 and Ithaca 25-10, 25-8 to get to bracket play. Once there CC-Crystal was promptly dispatched by Beal City 25-20, 26-24. Jaylin Fisher had 55 assists and nine aces in the tournament, Emily Ward added 30 kills and Tomberlee Smith had 27 digs. Record: 2-1-1. Next match: at the Fulton tournament Thursday.
Greenville second of three: The Yellow Jackets opened the season Thursday at the Links Of Bowen Lake, shooting a 186 team score. That was behind Muskegon Mona Shores (160) but ahead of East Grand Rapids (212). Britta Bernth led Greenville with a 40, followed by Jessica Bonner with a 44, Lauryn Day with a 46 and Karli Gideon with a 56. Quote: “Definitely a good match to compete against the state champs from Division 2 (Mona Shores).” — Greenville coach Nancy Johnson. Next match: at the Traverse City Central Wilbert Classic today and Tuesday.