Grayling ends regular season with sweep vs. Tawas
Volleyball team wins 25-19 in game one, battles back to win 25-21 in game two, and finishes the night with 25-13 victory in game three
Caleb Casey | Managing Editor
The varsity volleyball squad from Grayling High School ended its 2019 regular season with a 3-0 sweep vs. the Tawas Braves on Tuesday night during a series that included a big comeback in game two. The Vikings hosted the meet.
Grayling led 10-7 early in game one vs. the Braves. Allie Moffit and Jasmine Youngblood had kills for the Vikings.
Grayling scored on a block by Kynadi Dole. The Vikings won the next four volleys, capping the 5-0 run with a kill by Moffit. Grayling led 15-7. Tawas won the next two volleys. The Vikings scored on a hit by Alison Brown. Later, Grayling extended its lead to 19-10 with a kill by Moffit and a block by Youngblood.
The Braves, with a 4-0 run, pulled within five, 19-14. The Vikings scored on a hit by Moffit. Grayling won the next two volleys to lead 22-14.
Later, with the Vikings leading 24-19, Grayling ended the game with a kill by Moffit. Grayling won 25-19, giving the Vikings a 1-0 series lead.
The Braves led 10-6 early in game two. Grayling’s first six points included a kill by Dole, two kills by Moffit, and two kills by Emma Mertes.
With two kills by Dole and one by Moffit, the Vikings pulled within three, 13-10.
With a 7-3 run, Tawas led 20-13 after 33 serves.
Grayling started its comeback with a kill by Mertes. The Vikings scored on a hit by Dole. Youngblood served an ace. Tawas scored, putting the Braves up 21-16.
Grayling ended the contest with nine unanswered points. The game-winning 9-0 run featured a hit by Brown, two aces by Mertes, a kill by Dole, and a hit by Moffit.
The Vikings led 2-0 in the series after the 25-21 victory in game two.
In game three, the score was tied at 11-11 after 22 serves. Grayling’s first 11 points included four kills by Moffit, a kill by Youngblood, and a kill by Mertes.
The Vikings outscored the Braves 14-2 the rest of the way, giving Grayling a 25-13 game three victory and a 3-0 series win. Grayling’s 14-2 run to end the night included a kill by Mertes, an ace by Youngblood, three kills by Moffit, and an ace by Brown.
“This was a good game for us,” Coach Tim Zigila said. “Tawas is a quality opponent.”
The comebacks in game two helped swing the series in Grayling’s favor.
“Once we got Moff in the front row that makes all the difference for us. Emma’s a great server,” Coach Zigila said. “That’s the difference in game two, our ability to keep the serve and distribute the ball. I didn’t feel like we were out of it. I felt the girls played well. We kept communicating, kept fighting.”
The series was Grayling’s regular season finale.
The Vikings will compete in the Michigan High School Athletic Association’s District 34-2 tournament this week. Grayling drew a first round bye and will play Cheboygan in the semifinals on Wednesday, November 6, at 6 p.m. at Cheboygan.