The Harper Creek Beavers and Marshall Redhawks both picked up district semifinal wins at Harper Creek High School on Wednesday night.
The Beavers beat Parchment in three games (25-21, 25-11, 25-17) while Marshall was equally impressive, beating Comstock 3-0 (25-18, 25-14, 25-17).
Harper Creek and Marshall are familiar with each other as they both play in the Southwest Michigan Athletic Conference Eastern Division. They will face off one more time in the district championship game at 5:00 PM on Friday night at Harper Creek.
“It should be a really fun match on Friday,” Miller said. “It’s going to be a nerve-racking match for a head coach, but it should be a fun match to be spectator because there’s two teams that are hungry for a district title.”
Harper Creek setter Lexi Latshaw was all over the floor for the Beavers in her team’s win over Parchment. Latshaw set up her teammates with 31 assists and also had eight kills and eight digs. Olivia Leson led Harper Creek with 11 kills and also had two blocks, Breana Ganton had 10 kills and 11 digs and Kendall Latshaw had 14 digs.
“All the girls contributed tonight,” King said. “Everybody played well together. We’re still making improvements and growing and at this point in the season it’s something I really like to see. We had a tough loss to Marshall earlier this year, but we’re eager and prepared for a rematch.”
Parchment’s Allison Searls had 15 assists. Meredith Stutz and Ari Karapatian had five kills while Jessie Jones had nine digs and Shelby Strelow had four aces.
In the Redhawks’ win against Comstock Grace Crawford led her team with 14 kills and also had eight digs. Senior setter Morgan Benham had 20 assists and eight digs and Logan Kiessling pitched in with 12 kills and six digs. On the defensive side of the net the Redhawks were led by senior libero Carmen O’Dell’s 21 digs.
Redhawks coach John Miller was happy with his team’s effort, but he knows they will need to be on top of their game against Harper Creek on Friday.
“I know it’s going to be really important for Harper Creek to play for a district title on their home court and that’s something we need to be very careful of,” Miller said. “They’re going to play with a lot of intensity and a lot of energy. “They’re a very good team that we cannot take for granted.”
Comstock’s Ashley Cross had eight kills, Morgan Day had 15 digs and Zoe McBride had 18 assists.
Class D (at) Martin
St. Philip 3, K-Heritage Christian 0: Top-ranked St. Philip won by scores of 25-7, 25-14 and 25-13 to advance to face Calhoun Christian in the finals on Thursday.
The Tigers were led by Emily Schaub with 11 assists and three kills; Stephanie Gusching had seven kills and Emily Freybler had four kills.
Calhoun Christian 3, Climax-Scotts 2: Calhoun Christian won by scores of 25-15, 9-25, 18-25, 25-23 and 15-12 to advance to face top-ranked St. Philip in the district final on Thursday.
Calhoun Christian (56-10-2) was led by Kelsey Snowball with 16 digs and five kills and six blocks; Sarah Butts had 20 digs, seven aces and 18 assists; AJ Moody had 13 kills; Rebecca Penrod had 15 digs, Denise Penrod had 14 digs and 10 assists.
Class D (at) Athens
Mendon 3, Athens 0: Mendon won by scores of 25-23, 25-18 and 25-17 to advance to the district final on Thursday.
Athens (33-18-3) was led by Valerie Rubley with 12 assists, six digs, one kill, one block and one ace; Chantel Davenport had 12 kills, 12 digs and four blocks; Teasha Swank had three kills, six digs, one block and four assists; Audrey Oswalt had five kills, five digs and three blocks; Payton Norton had one kill and one block; Tara Wygant had three digs; Allison Fuller had four digs and three aces; Ashley Smittendorf had two digs; and Hailee Hurst had one dig, one assist and two aces.
Class C (at) Union City
Reading 3, Quincy 1: Reading won by scores of 17-25, 25-18, 25-21 and 28-26 to advance to face Bronson in Thursday’s district final.
Bronson 3, Union City 0: Eighth-ranked Bronson won by scores of 25-12, 25-21 and 25-21 to advance to face Reading in Thursday’s district final.
The Vikings (34-18-6) were led by Skyler Sobeski with 14 kills and 14 digs; Kylei Ratkowski had nine kills and 12 digs; Emily Mayes had five kills and six blocks; and Alexa Ratkowski had 30 assists and 14 digs.