The Lakeview volleyball team wanted to see what it was made of, beefing up its regular season schedule just before the Southwest Michigan Athletic Conference tourney and district playoffs.
The Spartans didn’t disappoint as they split against two tough teams at a tri-meet at Forest Hills Central on Tuesday, beating Forest Hills Central 3-1 and losing to Rockford 1-3.
Rockford (36-10) is ranked No. 8 in Class A, but Lakeview (29-18) didn’t shy away as the Spartans took Game 2 by a score of 25-19 and almost took Game 3, losing 23-25. Rockford won Game 1, 25-18 and Game 5, 25-19.
“(We’re) playing very tough competition late in the season. Taking one game and almost a second against a top-ranked Rockford is a good indicator of how far we’ve come this season,” said Lakeview head coach Heather Sawyer. “Very happy with tonight’s results. Time to prep for the SMAC Championship tourney and get ready for districts.”
Lakeview bounced back to beat Forest Hills Central by scores of 25-20, 25-16, 12-25 and 25-19.
Madison Olsen was all over the court for the Spartans with 18 digs, 14 kills, five blocks and three aces on the night.
Madelynn Drikakis added 18 digs, five blocks and three aces. Also for Lakeview, Julia Miller notched 76 assists, Casey Looper slammed 33 kills, Julie Haring added 17 kills and Mei Kimoto had 16 digs.
Pennfield 3, (at) Delton Kellogg 0: Pennfield took this KVA match in three sets, 25-21, 25-18 and 25-23. Delton Kellogg was led by Faith Ferris’ 20 kills, Hannah Walker’s 13 assists and Kristen Mohn’s 10 digs and 12 assists. Kaysie Hook added six kills for Delton Kellogg (14-22-2, 5-4 KVA).
(At) Athens 3, Jonesville 1: Athens (26-11-3, 6-1 Big 8) took this Big 8 contest, 25-19, 25-21, 12-25 and 25-20. Jenny Smittendorf had 23 assists and six digs to lead Athens as Tesha Swank had nine kills and 18 digs; Audrey Oswalt had 13 kills, and 12 digs; Ashley Smittendorf had 12 digs and three aces; Allison Fuller had five kills and 15 digs and Kelcie Weeks had 18 digs.
(At) Mendon 3, Colon 0: Mendon won in three sets, 25-8, 25-12 and 25-15. Colon was led by Sarah Hutson’s five kills and two blocks as Cole-Anna Clemens had six assists.
Olivet 3, (at) Maple Valley 0: Olivet took this one in three sets, 25-14, 25-14 and 25-19. Olivet (8-16-1, 1-8 KVA) was led by Aleena Janousek’s five kills, six blocks and four aces. Also for the Eagles, Taylor Holmes had 11 assists and five digs. For Maple Valley (5-18), Kandys Larsen had 15 assists and 10 digs, Hadley Joppie had 17 digs and five kills and Olivia Ricketts had 12 digs and six kills.
St. Joseph County Invitational
Team scores: 1- Sturgis 25; 2-Mendon 69; 3-Constantine 74; 4-Three Rivers 77; 5-Centreville 125; 6-Colon 176
Colon’s top 5: 29-Kyle Poortenga 18:37; 32-Larry Peppers 19:12; 37-Andrew Lash 19:51; 38-Ben Weaver 19:53; 40-Wyatt Leitch 22:06