Grayling falls to Gladwin 3-2 during first home meet of the 2020 season
Fri, 08/28/2020 - 12:40pm caleb
Varsity volleyball squad wins game one and game three vs. Flying G’s, but Gladwin wins games two, four, and five to clinch victory
Caleb Casey | Managing Editor
The varsity girls volleyball team from Grayling High School – in its 2020 home opener on Thursday night – lost 3-2 during a best of five series vs. the Gladwin Flying G’s.
The Vikings won 25-17 during game one of the series.
Grayling led 9-4 early in the contest. Points for Grayling included a kill by Kynadi Dole, a kill by Paige Clark, and two aces by Dole. Gladwin pulled within four at 14-10, but the Vikings outscored the Flying G’s 11-7 in the final 18 serves to win by eight points. Highlights for Grayling included a kill by Clark, a kill by Makenzie Castle, a kill by Dole, and an ace by Ellie Wagner.
Gladwin tied the series at 1-1 with a 25-22 victory in game two. The contest was close all the way through and neither squad ever led by more than four points. Late in the game, with the score tied at 22-22, the Flying G’s scored three consecutive points to win 25-22. Game two highlights for Grayling included three kills by Dole, two kills by Jasmine Youngblood, a kill by Clark, a kill by Castle, an ace by Castle, a block by Dole, and an ace by Youngblood.
Grayling trailed 12-7 early in game three, but the Vikings battled back and eventually tied the score at 19-19. Points for Grayling included three kills by Dole, two kills by Youngblood, and a kill by Castle. The score was also tied at 22-22 and 24-24. Grayling finished the game with kills by Dole and Castle. The Vikings won 26-24, giving Grayling a 2-1 series lead.
In game four, for the third consecutive time in the series, the score was tied at 22-22 late in the match. Grayling scored to lead 23-22, but the Flying G’s ended the contest with a 3-0 run, serving an ace for the 25th point. Gladwin, with the 25-23 victory, tied the series at 2-2, forcing a game five rubber match (to 15 points). Game four highlights for the Vikings included an ace by Castle, two aces by Youngblood, an ace by Wagner, a kill by Dole, a kill by Youngblood, and a block by Alaina Anderson.
Gladwin led 7-6 early in game five. Points for Grayling included a block by Dole and an ace by Castle.
The Flying G’s outscored the Vikings 8-2 in the final 10 serves to win the game 15-8. Gladwin won the series 3-2.
Coach Tim Zigila said there were a lot of positives for the Vikings but “serving” was an issue all night for Grayling.
“We missed some serves that we shouldn’t have missed,” Coach Zigila said. “The girls are handling the ball well. Our serve receive was good, our passing was good, we just have to work on that serve.”
(According to the Grayling High School Athletic Department, the meet came close the limit of 250 people at the venue. The meet featured three teams from Gladwin and three from Grayling with the “freshman” series being played in the new Viking Activity Center that is adjacent to the gymnasium. Spectators and coaches wore masks. Players did not wear masks on the court but they did wear them while on the bench. Other COVID-19 precautions included available hand sanitizer, physical distancing in the bleachers, periodic cleaning of the volleyballs, and elimination of the pregame and postgame handshake lines.)
On Tuesday, August 25, the Vikings opened their 2020 season with a meet at Frankfort. Grayling played against Frankfort and Forest Area during the meet and posted wins against both squads.
The Vikings defeated Frankfort 2-1 (25-18, 25-17, 20-25). Grayling won 3-0 vs. Forest Area (25-15, 25-22, 25-18).
According to the team, Dole had eight kills and three aces during the meet. Clark had nine kills. Alison Brown had 21 assists. Wagner had 15 digs. Castle had six aces.