Class A top-ranked Gull Lake survived a scare from Mattawan and moved on to a championship win over Niles to claim the Southwestern Michigan Athletic Conference title on Saturday.
The SMAC East Division champion Blue Devils (54-6) defeated Mattawan in a thrilling semifinal (25-21, 25-10, 19-17) before the title match win over Niles (25-7, 25-18) in the tournament at Battle Creek Central High school. Gull Lake also defeated Marshall (25-10, 25-18) and Benton Harbor (25-4, 25-7).
Gull Lake was led by Leah Perri with 34 kills and 25 digs; Katie Schau had 80 assists; Courtney Senkewitz had 25 digs and 11 aces and Emily Flaget had four blocks.
Coldwater placed fifth in the tournament thanks to a 25-22, 25-21 win over Lakeview in the consolation bracket. The Cardinals defeated Portage Northern (27-25, 25-14) before a loss to Niles (26-24, 26-24), followed by a win over Sturgis (25-15, 27-25).
The Cardinals (43-7-2) were led by BreeAnn Spangler with 34 kills, eight blocks and 36 digs; Lauren Outwater had 22 kills and seven blocks; Meghan Schorfhaar had 43 digs; Morgan Klein had 13 kills and 37 digs; Janie Marso had 77 assists and Darby Kahler had 43 digs.
Lakeview placed sixth with the loss to Coldwater and a win over Marshall (25-22, 25-14) in the consolation bracket. The Spartans also defeated Kalamazoo Central (25-19, 25-11) before a loss to Mattawan (25-20, 25-16).
Lakeview (31-22) was led by Macy McCullough with 24 kills, five blocks and 14 digs; Casey Looper had 22 kills, five blocks and five aces; Payton Moore had 16 kills, five blocks, four aces and 33 assists; Madelyn Drikakis had 19 digs and 13 aces and Julia Miller had 10 digs and 37 assists.
Marshall placed seventh with a consolation win over Sturgis (25-21, 25-23). The Redhawks also defeated St. Joseph (25-21, 23-25, 15-8) before the loss to Gull Lake.
The Redhawks were led by Grace Crawford with 28 kills and 19 digs; Logan Kiessling had 22 kills and 27 digs; Morgan Benham had 40 assists and 23 digs and Carmen O’Dell had 54 digs.
Harper Creek and host Battle Creek Central each participated in the 9th-16th place bracket.
Harper Creek finished in 12th place after defeating Loy Norrix (25-16, 26-24). Harper Creek lost to Niles (25-20, 25-19), defeated Portage Northern (25-14, 25-13) and lost to Stevensville Lakeshore (25-15, 28-26).
The Beavers (20-24-10) were led by Olivia Leson with 32 kills and 16 digs; Lauren Grimes had 18 kills and 17 digs; Lexi Latshaw had eight kills, 19 digs and 66 assists; Kendall Latshaw had 43 digs and Megan Gwathny had nine aces.
Battle Creek Central defeaed Benton Harbor (25-16, 25-19) for 15th place. The Bearcats lost to Lakeshore (25-11, 25-7) and Portage Northern (29-27, 25-18).
Schoolcraft won the conference tournament with a 19-25, 25-19, 25-19, 25-20 victory over Delton Kellogg in the championship.
Delton Kellogg finished runner-up with wins over Maple Valley (25-4, 25-23, 25-16) and Kalamazoo Christian (25-14, 24-26, 20-25, 24-14, 15-7).
Olivet placed fifth after a 12-25, 25-20, 15-12 win over Pennfield. The Eagles defeated Kalamazoo Hackett (25-20, 25-12) and lost to Parchment (25-16, 25-8, 25-7).
Pennfield finished sixth after the loss to Olivet. The Panthers defeated Maple Valley (20-25, 25-18, 15-8) and lost to Kalamazoo Christian (25-16, 22-25, 25-14, 25-19).
Pennfield (21-22-2) was led in the tournament by Tristen Ehredt with 31 kills, 21 digs and one block; Hannah Day had 17 kills, two blocks and two aces; Tess Nedham had 12 kills, one block and four aces and Nikki Koenigsknecht had 27 digs.
Maple Valley placed seventh after losses to Pennfield and Delton Kellogg and a wins over Constantine (19-25, 25-9, 25-16, 25-21) and Kalamazoo Hackett (25-22, 21-25, 15-8).
G-A finished ninth after a win over Constantine (25-10, 25-22) and a loss to Kalamazoo Hackett (25-19, 25-23, 18-25, 23-20, 15-10).
Class D top-ranked St. Philip won the tournament with a championship win over Hillsdale Academy (25-12, 25-13, 25-16) after wins over Bellevue (25-8, 25-8, 25-11) and North Adams-Jerome (25-13, 25-17, 25-11).
The Tigers (66-2-1) were led by Lenae Lewiow with 50 assists, three aces and three kills; Emily Schaub had 23 assists; Amanda McKinzie had 32 kills, nine digs and eight aces; Sierra Hubbard Neil had 30 kills, 10 digs and seven aces; Sam Ellis had five kills, five aces and three blocks; Casey Gallagher had six kills and two blocks; Jaclyn Behnke had four kills and two blocks and Megan Parker had eight digs.
Big Eight Tournament
Concord won the double-elimination tournament with a pair of championship wins over Athens (25-20, 24-26, 16-14 and 25-20, 25-13).
Athens took runner-up after it defeated Concord in the semifinals (22-25, 25-17, 16-14), but Concord advanced back to the championship through consolation wins. Athens also defeated Jonesville (25-18, 25-10) and Union City (25-11, 25-19).
The Indians (33-17-3) were led by Chantel Davenport with six aces, 60 kills, 45 digs and 11 blocks; Valerie Rubley had 87 assists, three aces, 51 digs, five blocks and seven kills; Teasha Swank had eight aces, 29 kills, 30 digs, 11 blocks; Allison Fuller had six aces, five kills, 30 digs and three blocks; Ashley Smittendorf had six aces and 29 digs; Tara Wygant had 18 digs; Hailee Hurst had two aces, two kills, two blocks and five digs; Audrey Oswalt had five kills, nine digs and one block and Payton Norton had 12 kills, 10 digs and four blocks.
Union City placed fourth after a loss to Jonesville (25-20, 22-25, 18-16) and wins over Quincy (25-16, 25-17) and Springport (25-18, 25-13).
The Chargers were led by Jasmine McIntosh with 45 assists and 27 digs; Martha Merchant had 14 kills, 23 digs, 10 blocks and one aces; Brooke Johnson had 38 kills, 24 blocks and two aces; Brittney Keller had 10 kills, nine digs, one block and one ace; Brianna Burnham had eight digs and one kill, Marissa Mead had 29 digs and six aces; Riley Smith had 20 digs, five kills and four aces and Haley Harty had 29 digs, four kills, two aces and one assist.
Homer placed fifth in the tournament with a pair of wins over Springport (25-19, 27-25 and 22-25, 25-14, 15-6) and losses to Concord (25-18, 25-12) and Jonesville (25-21, 25-18).
The Trojans (22-18-3) were led by Jamie Dibble with 19 kills and five blocks; Hannah Willson had 16 kills, four aces and 14 digs; Stephanie Osborn had 13 kills and four blocks; Brooke Ebersole had 62 assists, six aces and 14 digs and Kristin Nelson had 50 digs.