The Frankenmuth Eagles hosted rival Birch Run this evening in a TVC East match up at Frankenmuth High School. Prior to the game, the Eagles celebrated the achievements of the five senior student-athletes on this years team as they were introduced to the crowd and escorted by loved ones. Tonight’s game was also special for the Panthers, as they hoped to put a bow on their TVC East regular season championship by finishing the evening unbeaten and in sole possession of first place overall in conference play.
Right out the gate, the visiting Panthers jumped out to a big lead in the first game. Serve receive, which would prove to be an issue all night for the home team, had some problems early and Birch Run was able to rattle off a fury of points quickly. Game one ended with the visiting team on top by a score of 25-13.
In game two, the home team was able to rebound a bit and gather their composure, but were unable to hold off the Panthers attack near the mid-point of the game. Birch Run’s front row was relentless on the outside, and while the Eagles were able to get to the net and block many of the Panthers attacks, they would not be denied another victory and took game two by a score of 25-17.
Game three of the match was once again controlled by Birch Run. The Panthers jumped out to another early, and ultimately insurmountable, lead as unforced serve-receive errors once again plagued the home team. By the mid-point of game three, any hope of an Eagle comeback was lost, and the league-leading Panthers were able to do what they’ve done all season in the TVC East…bring home a victory.
Frankenmuth moves to 3-4 on the season in the TVC, but will look to regroup this weekend during the TVC tournament and gain some momentum heading into districts. With the win, the Birch Run Panthers finish the TVC East regular season undefeated with a perfect 7-0 record. They will carry that momentum into Saturday’s tournament, which will be hosted by Alma where they will be one of the favorites.
Leading the way this evening for the Eagles in the stat columns were:
KILLS: Brooklin Karwat and Jordyn Conrad 6 each, Elle Preseau 4, Danielle Rummel 3, Emma Kerkau 2
ASSISTS: Jordyn Conrad 24
DIGS: Chelsea Merkiel 18, Jordyn Conrad 10, Brooklin Karwat and Danielle Rummel 8 each, Courtney Palmer 7, Zoey Persails 4
BLOCKS: Danielle Rummel, Jordyn Conrad and Emma Kerkau 1 solo/1 assist each