CHARLEVOIX — Boyne City and Charlevoix have faced few opponents this season that have given them much of a scare on the court.
That is until Tuesday, when the two rivals met on the courts at Charlevoix High School.
Boyne, ranked No. 6 in the Michigan Interscholastic Volleyball Coaches Association state poll, took the first match 25-18, second match 25-14 and came from behind to take the third and final set 25-19 over the Rayders, 20-10-1, 3-1.
“It’s always an intense match against Charlevoix no matter what the score says,” Boyne coach Casie Parker said. “After winning the first two games Charlevoix took the lead in the third and we struggled. I was proud of the way we fought back to win that game too.”
Charlevoix led the third set 11-7 in the early going, but thanks to the play of Boyne junior Kylie Hicks, the Ramblers were able to finish the Rayders off.
“The girls are upset with how they played, knowing that they have a lot more skill and drive to offer the game, especially coming off the third place finish at their home tourney,” Charlevoix coach Audra Randall said. “We will learn from this and be more prepared at our next match.”
Hicks led the Ramblers with 17 digs, 12 kills and five blocks, while Mallory Karasewski brought in 17 digs and six kills. Paige Hornbeck had 11 kills and Heather Nichols had 24 setter assists. Nichols and Kristen Rushlow were each 100 percent from the serve line, as well.
“Heather Nichols had a great game tonight. She hustled all over the court,” Parker said. “Paige Hornbeck and Kylie Hicks hit well.”
Charlevoix was led by Madeline Boss with 20 kills and seven digs, Jennaca Holecheck with eight digs, Gloria Greene with 16 assists and Olivia Storm with 10 assists.
“The positive part about my team is that I have a wonderful group of girls who are willing to take steps to be highly competitive,” Randall added. “Casie Parker has coached her team well and I commend her and her team on this clean win.”
Boyne will play next at home against East Jordan at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 1, while the Rayders next match will be in the Morley Stanwood tournament on Saturday.
HARBOR SPRINGS — Grayling defeated Harbor Springs in a Lake Michigan Conference match, 22-25, 27-29, 25-16, 26-16, 15-10 over Harbor Springs on Tuesday.
The Rams won the first two sets before falling in the five set match.
“The girls played well tonight,” Harbor Springs coach Mike Crawford said. “We had a lot of energy and we were happy with the quality of play we had tonight.”
For Harbor, Emily Lesky had seven assists, Brooke Paige added 12 assists and six aces, while Stephanie Sylvain had nine kills, Sophie Seitz added four kills and Sydney Elkins recorded 11 kills and five aces.
Harbor Springs is 3-15 overall, 0-3 in league. The Rams will host Grayling on Thursday, Sept. 26.
In the JV match, Harbor Springs defeated Grayling in the three sets, 25-12, 25-13, 15-11.