Gull Lake spikers are Big 16 champs

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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).

KVA Tournament

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).

SCAA Tournament

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.

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