In a near flawless match, Haslett had no trouble defeating Lake Fenton to advance to the Class B volleyball regional final. The Vikings conceded just 31 points on their way to a three-set victory on Tuesday in Corunna.
“We didn’t make a lot of mistakes,” said sophomore Makenna Ott. “We were focused on getting the job done and getting it done fast.”
Haslett will play Chelsea in the regional final on Thursday. The Bulldogs also faced little adversity against Eaton Rapids, cruising to a three-set victory to advance.
Initially, though, it wasn’t obvious that Chelsea’s opponent would be the Vikings.
The Blue Devils hung with Haslett early in their match, even taking a brief lead. But with the score 14-12, the Vikings won the final 11 points of the set.
“Once we get one, we keep going,” said junior Maria Kronner. “We put the ball down like we know how to.”
The momentum stayed in Haslett’s favor, as the Vikings breezed through the second set en route to a 25-10 victory. In that set, Lake Fenton won just one point on its own serve.
It wasn’t long after its second set win that Haslett sealed the deal. The Vikings easily took the third set, 25-9, to win the match. In the set, the team won eight points on Ott’s serves.
Despite the quick victory, the team is not overconfident about the way it is playing.
“Nothing is easy when it gets to regionals and beyond,” Ott said. “We just need to keep going and give it our all.”
Ott led the way with 14 kills for the Vikings. Kronner had two blocks, while junior Courtney Brassington had a team-high 10 digs and 34 assists.
A year ago, Haslett fell in the district semifinal to Tecumseh in four sets.