Clare eliminates Central Montcalm from own tournament

By Chip Burch • Last Updated 9:43 am on Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Central Montcalm’s Michaela Crooks taps the ball over the net during a match this season.

STANTON — Central Montcalm’s volleyball team couldn’t seem to find a way to beat the Clare Eagles Saturday.

The Green Hornets lost twice to the Eagles at Central’s volleyball tournament, with the second coming in the semifinals 25-14, 17-25, 15-12.

Still, Hornet coach Haley Dawe was happy with the way things went Saturday.

“We played a lot of volleyball this week with matches Wednesday, Thursday and then a tournament (Saturday),” Dawe said. “When we played Saturday we got tired.”

The Hornets (11-14-1) opened with the Eagles and lost 25-21, 25-19. They then knocked off Breckenridge 25-23, 25-12.

Central lost the first game to Vestaburg 26-24 but won the second 25-20, then lost a pair to Grant 25-16, 25-12.

That put the Hornets third in the seeding, facing Clare again. That was the end of the tournament for Central.

“Clare I think is very comparable to us,” Dawe said. “They’re not necessarily better.”

Central got 42 assists and three aces from setter Michaela Crooks. Paige Switzer added 32 kills and six blocks on the day.

“They’ve done a really good job of leading for us,” Dawe said of Crooks and Switzer. “Both have a ton of talent and they have been working well together.”

Central Montcalm’s Haylee Misner returns a serve during a match this season.

Brooke Hollenbeck led the Hornets in digs with 23. Kirsi Singh added 12 kills and five blocks.

“We had played too many games this week,” Dawe said.

Fortunately for Central, they will get a slight break before heading to Reed City for a Central State Activities Association game against the Coyotes on Wednesday.

Dawe will be getting ready for Reed City starting with practice today.

“I’m hoping they (Central) rested up this weekend,” she said. “We’re going to have a couple of practices doing some fine-tuning and working on our serve receive and we’ll be ready for Reed City on Wednesday.”

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