On paper, it appeared it would be difficult for the Blue Team to even hang with the Gold Team.
But not only did the Blue Team more than hold its own with a short bench, they soundly defeated the Gold Team 4-1 at the St. Clair Community College Blue Water Area All-Star Volleyball Game.
“When it first started just looking at the numbers we thought there was no way we have a chance,” Armada’s Caityn Carlson said. “But we said to ourselves we are just playing. After the first game we had more confidence. Everyone played a good amount. Everyone was really tired at the end. I think it was good.”
The Blue Team coasted past the Gold team behind Carlson’s high school teammate Brittany Maxwell. The Tigers graduate was dominant, just like she often appeared against Blue Water Area Conference opponents.
Maxwell was named MVP after several impressive points.
“It was fun playing one last high school game,” Maxwell said. “It’s always good to have competition on the other side of the net. It’s always fun.”
On the other side of the net stood Brooke Smith, who had often battled Maxwell as a star player at Croswell-Lexington.
“It’s really cool actually getting to know everyone,” Smith said. “Some of my rivals aren’t my opponent here but my teammate now.
“It is a bittersweet thing but it’s almost like I’m glad. I loved high school but now I’m ready for the next chapter. In two weeks I’m going down to (Grand Valley State University) for camp. On Aug. 14 I move in and then the preseason starts.”
Kim Chaney was one of the few players that played in multiple all-star games this week. On Friday she suited up in the girls basketball all-star game before playing during the volleyball event Saturday.
“It’s really cool,” the Yale graduate said. “Especially all of these girls were my rivals at some point. It’s nice getting a chance to play with them.
“It was weird at first. The whole season you think they are enemies and then you are playing with them.”
With so many intriguing match-ups, it was a fun all-star game for everyone involved.
“I’m happy I got a chance to play,” Hannah Armstrong of Cardinal Mooney said. “I’m not playing sports in college so it was nice to do an organized sport one last time.
“It was cool to be able to put on my uniform. It’s great to play one last time.”
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