Lakeview started off the Class A volleyball tournament on the right foot Tuesday night, beating a flu-plagued Gull Lake Blue Devils team in its district opener.
The Spartans took control of the game early and never looked back, winning in convincing fashion, 3-0 (25-19, 25-16, 25-21), to advance past the first round of the Michigan High School Athletic Association playoffs.
“I thought we did some things well,” said Lakeview head coach Heather Sawyer, who will now look to get her team ready for a district semi-final match on Thursday in Mason. “We worked on some things in practice yesterday with our at-the-net play, and I thought we did some really cool things with that.”
The Blue Devils were without three of their starters, as the team has been plagued by the flu this week, so coach Karen Furlong had to bring up a few of her junior varsity girls for Tuesday’s game.
“(Gull Lake) wasn’t here with a full squad, so it’s very difficult to come in and play when you’re not 100 percent healthy,” said Sawyer. “I’ve been on that end of it, and I know exactly what it’s like, so I commend them for showing up and playing well.”
Leading Gull Lake was Kellie Smith with 14 digs and 10 kills. Mackenzie Harney also tallied 21 assists for the Blue Devils.
For Lakeview, Casey Looper had 20 digs and 17 kills and Julia Miller finished with 36 assists. Also helping the Spartans was Julie Haring with 10 kills, Mei Kimoto with 12 digs, and Madelyn Drikakis with six aces.
Lakeview will travel to Mason to take on Mason on Thursday at 7:00 p.m. Mason beat Holt 3-2 to advance.
The district championship game will be held this Saturday at 11:00 a.m., also in Mason.