Volleyball district tournaments began across the state this evening, and Freeland High School hosted a pair of matches to get things started! Teams from Arthur Hill, John Glenn, Garber, Swan Valley and Freeland will battle each other to reach a spot in Thursday nights finals and an opportunity to keep dancing into the regional games next week.
Game One: Arthur Hill vs. Swan Valley
In the first match of the evening, TVC East squad Swan Valley took on the SVL’s Arthur Hill. The Vikings started the game a bit sluggish, but were able to gather themselves quickly and make short work of the Lumberjacks. Unforced errors and poor passing plagued Arthur Hill throughout the match up, and the Vikings were simply too much to handle all over the court.
Swan Valley’s pressure at the net, and on service, overwhelmed the short-handed Arthur Hill team, and the Vikings were are able to easily defeat the Lumberjacks in three straight (25-6, 25-10, 25-9). Swan Valley will take to the court Wednesday in the first game of the evening facing TVC East foe Essexville Garber, with the winner securing a place in Thursdays championship game.
Leading the way for the Vikings on the evening were:
Bridget Raedy- 1 Ace, 3 Kills, 1 Assisted Block, 11 Assists, 5 Digs
Rachel Joslyn- 1 Ace, 7 Kills, 3 Digs
Natalie Kuhn- 9 Aces, 8 Kills, 1 Solo Block, 4 Digs
Claire Bierlein- 1 Ace, 1 Solo Block, 11 Assists, 2 Digs
Ellie MacDonald- 7 Aces, 2 Assists, 11 Digs
Rachel DuRussel- 1 Ace, 5 Kills, 1 Solo Block, 1 Assisted Block, 1 Dig
Game Two: Freeland vs. Bullock Creek
The second game of the night featured the host team Freeland Falcons taking on Bullock Creek from the TVC West. Both teams had plenty of time to warm up prior to the game and put a great show in the early going. Some great back-and-forth volleys warmed up the crowd, and each team looked ready to dig in for a competitive match.
Midway through game one though, Freeland was able to gain some separation from the Lancers, and never looked back. The Falcons were able to put together a nice run to finish off the first game, and then looked extremely tough in game number two. Strong service and tough net play caused the Lancers difficulty in the back row, and unforced passing errors led to an lopsided victory for the Falcons.
Game three saw more of the same, and the hosts were able to secure the 3-0 win in convincing fashion. With the win, the Falcons move on to face John Glenn in the second game Wednesday evening, and continue what they hope will be a second consecutive district title run.