The St. Mary Catholic Central volleyball workforce lastly returned to the court docket Tuesday, sweeping Bronson in three units within the Division Three state quarterfinals.
WHITMORE LAKE – Not a traditional St. Mary Catholic Central model of volleyball.
However what might you count on after greater than two months of relaxation?
After a number of COVID-19 delays to finish the highschool fall sports activities season, SMCC lastly returned to the volleyball court docket after greater than 60 days in limbo.
The Kestrels had been again on the transfer Tuesday evening after they swept postseason rival Bronson in three units, 25-15, 25-20, 25-15, within the Division Three state quarterfinals at Whitmore Lake.
To be honest, there was some rust.
“We began exhausting in all three units,” stated senior Abbie Costlow. “However as soon as we acquired collectively and composed, we simply went up from there.”
Bronson began robust and took a Three-Zero lead within the first set, taking two factors off SMCC’s errors. It was the identical story to begin sport two when the Vikings led 5-1, benefiting from 4 Kestrel errors to take an early lead.
Each time the Kestrels discovered their rhythm.
Abbie Costlow and Anna Dean led the rise of SMCC within the first set. Costlow had 4 spikes and Dean two throughout a 9-Three run to take the lead. Bronson held on and slid again to a 12-11 lead earlier than SMCC earlier than leaving for good.
SMCC closed the sport with an 11-2 run and sealed the set with three straight pictures from Mikayla Haut.
SMCC wanted extra time within the second set to get forward, however seven service factors in a row from Kate Collingsworth. Bronson known as for 2 timeouts in the course of the streak to get his bearings, as SMCC led 10-6.
Costlow added one other three kills down the stretch to make SMCC go 2-Zero within the sport.
SMCC took management early within the remaining set, main 9-Three earlier than the Vikings might put collectively a run. Costlow once more led that cost with 4 kills in the course of the streak. Haut took over within the second half of the set, closing out 4 of the Kestrels’ final 5 factors.
Haut completed with 20 spikes and hit .514, Costlow hit .500 with 15 spikes, Grace Lipford delivered 24 assists and Kate Collingsworth had 23 assists. Defensively, Jaydin Nowak contributed 20 excavations and Haut added 16.
SMCC (37-2), the top-ranked workforce in Division Three, advances to the state semifinals towards No. Three Beaverton at 2 p.m. Thursday at Kellogg Enviornment in Battle Creek. Beaverton swept Calumet in three units on Tuesday.