Volleyball: DeWitt defeats Haslett in CAAC Red Tourney

Volleyball: DeWitt defeats Haslett in CAAC Red Tourney

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Volleyball: DeWitt defeats Haslett in CAAC Red Tourney

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DeWitt claimed a share of the CAAC Red title by defeating Haslett in four sets on Saturday in the league tournament.

The win avenged a five-set loss to Haslett earlier in the season and gave the Panthers momentum heading into the CAAC Cup.

"This is a great win for us," said DeWitt head coach Christy Drayton. "My girls hit and blocked really well."

DeWitt never trailed in the first set and won 25-16. Haslett had trouble getting the ball past sophomore Abigail Nakfoor, who keyed the Panthers attack at the net.

But Drayton knew that the Vikings would go away easily.

"Haslett is a great team, and they weren't going to just lay down," Drayton said. "But our team responded really well."

Haslett evened the match in the second set with a 25-16 win of its own.

The tandem of junior Maria Kronner and sophomore Makenna Ott combined for nine kills in the set.

A 25-19 win in the third set gave DeWitt control of the match. The closest of the four sets, the Panthers jumped in front with an 8-1 run after the set was tied at eight.

With the momentum in its favor, DeWitt cruised to a match victory by winning the fourth set, 25-15.

Senior Amanda Kendrick won six points on her serve in the final set and had the match-clinching kill.

"It was great to make the final play," Kendrick said. "It was so exciting."

Senior Kaylee Schmitt led DeWitt with 23 kills and eight blocks. Junior Gina Vilona had 21 digs for the Panthers, who defeated Fowlerville in its other match of the day.

Next up for both these teams is the CAAC Cup, which begins on Tuesday.

Despite the loss to DeWitt, the Vikings expect to play better in their next match.

"This is just one match," said Haslett coach Wendy McCann. "Monday afternoon we have to get up and practice hard."

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