Volleyball team ends regular season with three victories
Caleb Casey | Managing Editor
Grayling High School’s varsity girls volleyball squad ended its 2018 regular season with three wins during a four-team meet at West Branch Ogemaw Heights on Thursday night.
The meet featured varsity squads from Grayling, Ogemaw Heights, Chippewa Hills, and Alcona.
First, the Vikings battled the West Branch Ogemaw Heights Falcons.
Game one was close all the way through; neither team led by more than five points during any part of the contest.
The score was tied at 15-15 after the first 30 serves. Early highlights for Grayling included a kill by Allie Moffit, an ace by Esa Powers, a kill by Powers, and a kill by Madison Longendyke. Later, the score was also tied at 20-20 and 21-21. Points for Grayling included a kill by Hailey Hartman and an ace by Alison Brown.
The Vikings, trailing 22-21 after a point by Ogemaw Heights, finished the game with a 4-0 run, scoring three points on kills by Moffit and getting the 25th point with an ace by Gracie Lochinski.
Grayling, with a 25-22 victory in game one, led 1-0 in the best of three series.
Ogemaw Heights built a 17-7 lead early in the second game. Grayling pulled within five late in the contest at 24-19, but the Falcons scored their 25th point with a kill, tying the series at 1-1.
Game two points for the Vikings included an ace by Powers, a kill by Moffit, a block by Longendyke, and an ace by Isabel Duba.
Game three. First to 15 points, must win by two, but capped at 17.
The Vikings led 10-4 early in the contest. Grayling’s points included two kills by Nicole Oppermann.
Ogemaw Heights battled back, tying the score at 12-12. A kill by Hartman gave the Vikings a 13-12 advantage. The Falcons scored, tying the game. Grayling got a point with a kill by Oppermann. Two kills by Ogemaw Heights gave the Falcons a 15-14 lead. Grayling scored on a hit by Longendyke. A kill by Emma Mertes put the Vikings up by one, 16-15. Ogemaw Heights won the next volley, tying the score at 16-16. Grayling scored on a hit by Oppermann, clinching a 17-16 victory in game three, and giving the Vikings a 2-1 series win.
Game one against the Alcona Tigers. Another close contest.
Grayling had a 12-7 lead early in the match. Points for the Vikings included two kills by Oppermann, an ace by Moffit, an ace by Oppermann, and a kill by Duba. The Vikings also led by five later in the game at 19-14 and 21-16 and 22-17. Grayling’s points included a kill by Moffit, an ace by Powers, a block by Longendyke, a kill by Oppermann, an ace by Oppermann, and a kill by Hartman.
Alcona won the next five volleys, tying the game at 22-22. Graying scored to lead by one. The Tigers scored, tying the game at 23-23. Point for Grayling. Point for Alcona. Tie game, 24-24. The Tigers won the next two volleys to clinch a 26-24 victory in game one of the series.
The Vikings won 25-16 in game two. Moffit had several kills for Grayling in the contest. Ellie Wagner and Mertes each had two aces. Moffit, Oppermann, and Powers also served aces for the Vikings.
Grayling built a 14-7 lead after the first 21 serves of game three. The Tigers rallied with a 5-0 run to pull within two, 14-12, but Grayling got its 15th point and the Vikings won 15-12.
Game three highlights for GHS included an ace by Powers, a block by Longendyke, a kill by Moffit, and a kill by Hartman.
In its last series of the 2018 regular season, Grayling played against the Warriors of Chippewa Hills.
The Vikings won the series 2-0. In game one, Grayling defeated Chippewa Hills 25-19. Points for the Vikings included two aces by Lochinski, a kill by Oppermann, an ace by Zora Binert, an ace by Oppermann, a kill by Moffit, and an ace by Jocelyn Brown.
Grayling won by 16 points in game two, 25-9. Highlights for the Vikings included an ace by Powers and consecutive kills by Moffit to end the game.
“Last night’s quad was a time of redemption for the team. Earlier in the season, Ogemaw and Alcona had beat us pretty easily and this was a great opportunity to make up for the earlier loss,” Coach Tim Zigila said. “Of all the games played last night, I was most pleased with the win against Ogemaw. There were good plays made by both teams and it was a tough three-game set.”
“Everyone got a chance to play and contributed to the win; getting the sweep was exceptionally nice,” Coach Zigila said. “I am pleased with our overall effort and staying engaged throughout a long night; back to back to back games is tough to play and can be physically and emotionally draining.”
The Vikings will play in the Michigan High School Athletic Association’s District 34-2 tournament this week in Boyne City.