2017-09-13 / Sports

North Branch suffers first tournament loss


North Branch’s Autumn Deshetsky gets ready to serve at the North Branch Invitational on Aug. 22. 
Photo by Kylee Richardson North Branch’s Autumn Deshetsky gets ready to serve at the North Branch Invitational on Aug. 22. Photo by Kylee Richardson CROSWELL — The North Branch varsity volleyball team fell just short of another invite title, losing to Monroe 25-22, 30-28 in the Cros-Lex Invitational finals to finish the day out as runner-up Saturday.

“We had our opportunities against Monroe, but could not get the key point when we needed it,” said Jim Fish, North Branch coach. “I thought we played pretty well and our depth gave us a chance to win.”

In pool play, North Branch knocked out L’Anse Creuse, 25-17, 25-12, and Sandusky, 25-18, 25-12. The Broncos then advanced to the semifinals where they disposed of Macomb Lutheran North, winning 25-11, 25-17 to advance to the finals where they ultimately lost to Monroe.

“We played without Reese Ruhlman and her sister, Janel, is coming off an injury that has kept her out for three weeks, so she is just getting back. Jordyn Slater, Hannah Bader and Faith Kotur have all stepped up and played pretty well in filling in for the Ruhlman sisters.”

Allyson Severance was dominant on the day with 60 kills, 25 digs, five aces and five blocks. Alison Brice added 36 kills and six blocks. Olivia Sweeney led the defense with 43 digs and 11 aces. Autumn Deshetsky dished out 99 assists. Slater added 18 kills and Bader had nine, 12 aces and 12 digs. Kotur chipped in 27 digs and 10 aces.

North Branch, 32-2, is currently ranked No. 3 in the Class B Michigan Interscholastic Volleyball Coaches Association rankings. The Lady Broncos host Millington tonight to open Tri-Valley Conference play and will play in the Marysville Tournament on Saturday. — K.R.

ALMONT: The Lady Raiders competed in the Cros-Lex Invitational on Saturday. Almont was 1-5 in pool play, falling to Port Huron Northern, 26-25, 25-18, 25-10, and Monroe, 25-12, 25-12, 25-15. Almont then fell to Harbor Beach, 25-19, 25-16, 15-10.

Rachel Schapman had four solo blocks, a block assist, two aces and seven kills. Lizette Sahagun had 30 assists, a solo block, a block assist, seven kills, 20 digs and four aces. Maria Bussone had 16 kills and 14 digs. Jaclyn Hellebuyck had 25 digs and Nadia Manko added 20. Alex Winslow chipped in six kills and Kalan Ruhala had five.

Almont faced Capac on Tuesday and travels to Armada on Thursday. — K.R.

FAITH: The Falcons competed in a tournament at Calvary Baptist Academy in Midland on Sept. 9, placing third. The Falcons were up against Calvary Baptist, Skeels, Faith Clinton Township, Beth Haven and Juniata. Brooke Ervin had 10 aces, eight blocks, 15 kills and 75 passes. Anna Muntean had 32 digs and 32 set assists. Corinne Simpson had five blocks and 35 set assists, Josie Smith had six blocks and Holly Rogers 76 passes. — L.P.

Mayville: The Lady Cats had a good day at the Caro Tournament on Saturday, said Mayville coach Angie Campbell.

“It was a great time to get a lot of practice on court with some pretty good competition,” said Campbell. “In pool play we beat Akron-Fairgrove, split with Vassar and Roscommon, and lost to Caro and Chesaning. We went into bracket play seeded fourth. We played Akron first and were able to beat them in two games. We then advanced to play the first-seeded team, Roscommon, and just couldn't put together enough offense to take the win.”

Leaders for the day were Morganne Narrin with 11 kills and three blocks and Rachel Cummings had 29 assists, was 222/231 setting and had 36 digs. Carlie Meerschaert tallied 25 points, was 40/41 serving and had 31 digs. Lauryn Frenzel-16 kills, was 66/74 on serve receive with 65 digs. Alexis Rutter had eight aces, 22 points, was 38/40 serving and had 32 digs. Danielle Wood-Seddon had seven aces, 20 points and was 38/43 serving.

Mayville was at Caseville yesterday and hosts Deckerville tomorrow. — L.P.

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