Central Montcalm falls in first CSAA volleyball match

By Bruce Bentley • Last Updated 9:45 am on Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Pagie Switzer, right, and Michaela Crooks of Central Montcalm team up for a block during last night’s match at home against Chippewa Hills.

STANTON — Chippewa Hills had the energy. Central Montcalm did not.

The end result was a three set victory for the Warriors over the Green Hornets in the first CSAA volleyball match of the year on Tuesday.

“I can’t explain the lack of energy,” Central Montcalm coach Haley Dawe said. “We’ve had good practices. We always work together well as a team, but tonight we were individuals. I’m disappointed.”

Chippewa Hills (6-4, 1-0) won the match 25-21, 25-15, 25-18. Chippewa Hills coach Abby Snyder called it her team’s best performance of the year.

“We did very well. Tonight was our best performance this season so far,” Snyder said. “We definitely progressed, which is what I wanted to see and is what we need.”

The Hornets began the night down in the first set, but battled back to tie the set 13-13 and then take 17-13 and 19-15 advantages. Chippewa Hills regrouped to close out the set with a 10-2 rally for the win.

“We are a slow starting team, which we are getting better on,” Snyder said. “That is another thing we have to work on and that is to come out firing.”

Dawe said her team had energy during the leading run, but could not find it the rest of the night.

“We had a little team energy at that point,” Central Montcalm coach Haley Dawe said. “We were very low energy all night. We did not play at all how we played on Saturday.”

Saturday was a second place finish for Central Montcalm at the eight team Daily News Invitational.

Alyssa Ruggles returns a serve for Central Montcalm on Tuesday night.

“We came off a high by finishing second at The Daily News Invitational, but we came out here tonight and could not pass the ball,” Dawe said. “Our serve-receive was not good tonight.”

Chippewa Hills — district runner-ups in 2011 — jumped out to large leads in each of the next two sets to cruise to victory.

Snyder liked her team energy and communication.

“The girls came together after every play,” Snyder said. “Other times when we haven’t done so well they just stand off. The cheered really well even if we didn’t win the point. Overall, teamwork went well tonight.”

Dawe said the focus in practice the next few days will be on defense and serve-receive.

“I know we can hit the ball well,” Dawe said. “We need to work on communicating with each other. We had a lot of balls drop right in the middle of us.”

Central Montcalm fell to 4-4-2 and 0-1 in the league.

Kendall Boone led the Warriors with 19 kills. Morgan Koziarz added nine kills. Hali Earl had 13 digs, while Teagan Denslow had 11 discs.

Alyssa Ruggles led the Hornets with five kills, five digs and one ace. Paige Switzer had four kills, five digs and one ace.

“Chip Hills is always decent and they always have blockers,” Dawe said. “I thought we would have a good battle against them. We did not play our game.”

The Hornets travel to White Cloud on Sept. 5.

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