The Bronson volleyball team left little in doubt in its Michigan High School Athletic Association state tournament opener, sweeping Hillsdale 3-0 in a Class C district on Tuesday.
The sixth-ranked Vikings won by scores of 25-12, 25-20, 25-19 to advance to Thursday’s 5 p.m. district semifinal against Quincy.
“We made a lot of unforced errors, something we really need to focus on tomorrow in practice,” said Bronson head coach Jean LaClair. “If we show up and play on Thursday, I think we have a good shot at beating Quincy. We can’t overlook them. Any team is capable of winning and losing.”
Bronson (41-16-7) was led by Alexa Ratkowski with 29 assists, seven kills and two aces. Also for the Vikings, Allison Smith had five digs; Grace Pyles had four digs and two aces; Haley Russell had three kills and one block; Jill Pyles had six kills, five digs, two blocks and three aces; Kassidy Bystry had 17 digs and one ace; Mallorie Bassage had seven kills, two digs and one ace; and Skyler Sobeski had 11 kills and 13 digs, one block and one ace.
Class D At Jackson Christian: Tekonsha defeated Bellevue in thrilling fashion, holding on for a 3-2 victory. The Indians won by scores of 25-12, 23-25, 15-25, 25-21, 15-13. Tekonsha will play the winner of Marshall Academy and Jackson Christian in Thursday’s 7 p.m. district final.
Tekonsha (8-24-1) was led by Mya Kavanaugh with 14 kills and 25 digs; Alexis Newbold had 20 digs, 20 assists and five aces; Emily Langridge had 23 digs and five kills; Kayla Cole had 15 digs.