BLANCHARD — Beal City’s volleyball team has picked up where they left off last year.
The Aggies, who lost to Battle Creek St. Philip in the Class D state finals last year, continued to roll this year by winning the Mustang Invitational Saturday at Montabella High School.
Beal City (18-0), ranked fourth in the state in Class D by the Michigan Interscholastic Volleyball Coaches Association, got past Saginaw Valley Lutheran 25-14, 25-18 to get the win. They downed Vestaburg in the semifinals 25-11, 25-17.
The three local schools had varying levels of success.
Central Montcalm had the better of the records, going 2-2 on the day with a 2-1 record in pool play before losing in the first round of bracket play to Coleman 25-18, 25-21.
The Green Hornets beat Farwell 25-22, 25-12 and Montabella 25-23, 25-21 before losing to the Aggies 25-10, 25-9 in pool play.
“We’re battling with experience,” Central coach Haley Dawe said. “I haven’t had a complete team with injuries and illness. Overall we played better after our loss on Wednesday.”
Ann Karwoski had 24 assists, helping Hannah Hollenbeck and Savannah Case get 16 kills each. Makayla Studley had a team-high eight digs and Hollenbeck led in aces with 10.
“We saw Beal City a lot over the years,” Dawe said. “We have White Cloud (at home) Wednesday and they’re as tough as Beal City.”
Lakeview won only one game all day, and that was the first game of the day against Vestaburg 25-20. But it was all downhill from there, losing the second game 25-21, losing both games to the Chargers 25-14, 25-12, losing both to Coleman 25-21, 25-14 and in bracket play losing to the Aggies 25-16, 25-13.
“We started out playing strong and have one of our best games of our season,” Lakeview coach Tammy Dey said. “We played good as a team and showed a lot of improvement. We struggled during pool play but had a good finish game against Beal City. We lack experience but we will just keep improving thru out the year.”
Leading the Wildcats was Sadie Massie with 12 kills, Estelle Molitor with 15 assists and five aces, Vaughn Moore with 14 digs and Mackenzie Oberl with three blocks.
The Mustangs didn’t win any game, losing to Beal City 25-20, 25-10 before losing Central and Farwell 25-19, 25-17. Valley Lutheran won in bracket play 25-9, 25-19.