Vikings post one win, one loss during three-team home volleyball meet
Wed, 09/08/2021 - 10:06am caleb
Varsity squad posts 25-21, 25-15 victory vs. Reed City, falls to Oscoda 2-1 on Tuesday night
Caleb Casey | Managing Editor
The varsity volleyball team from Grayling High School won one series and lost one during a three-team meet hosted by the Vikings on Tuesday night.
First, Grayling played against the Reed City Coyotes.
The Vikings built a 15-7 advantage early in the contest. Highlights for Grayling included an ace by Kaycie Smith, a block by Kynadi Dole, a kill by Dole, an ace by Dole, and a block by Paige Clark.
An 11-2 run for the Coyotes gave Reed City an 18-17 lead. A block by Clark tied the game at 18-18. The Vikings scored two more points to lead 20-18. Reed City scored. Grayling scored to lead by two. An ace by Makenzie Castle put the Vikings up by three, 22-19. The Coyotes scored. Grayling scored its 24th point on a hit by Smith. Reed City scored to pull within three. The Vikings ended the game with a kill by Rylan Finstrom. Grayling won 25-21.
The Vikings led 3-0 early in game two, scoring their first two points of the contest with aces by Smith. Grayling extended its lead to six, 10-4, with points that included a block by Dole and a kill by Dole.
The Coyotes pulled within four at 14-10 and 15-11 and 16-12 but that was as close as it would get down the stretch. Grayling pulled away late in the contest to win 25-15. Late game highlights for the Vikings included an ace by Smith, a kill by Clark, a kill by Jasmine Youngblood, consecutive aces by Kayli Burch, and a block by Dole.
The game two victory clinched a 2-0 win for the Vikings during the best of three nonconference series against Reed City.
Grayling ended its night of competition with a best of three series vs. the Oscoda Owls.
Game one was close early. The Vikings led 10-9 after 19 serves, but Grayling built and maintained a lead late in the game and the Vikings won the first match 25-17. Game one highlights for Grayling included two aces by Smith, a kill by Clark, an ace by Dole, and a block by Dole for the 25th point for the Vikings.
Game two went the other way. The score was again close early, but this time the Owls pulled away late. The score was tied at 17-17 after 34 serves, and Oscoda finished the contest with an 8-3 run. The Vikings did pull within two, 22-20, late in the match, but the Owls scored three unanswered points to end it.
Points for Grayling in the second game included two blocks by Clark, a kill by Youngblood, an ace by Castle, a block by Dole, and two kills by Clark.
With the series tied at 1-1, the teams played a third game to 15. Oscoda led by as many as four early in the match. Grayling pulled within one at 11-10, 12-11, and 13-12, but the Owls scored two consecutive points to close out the contest. Oscoda won game three 15-12, clinching a 2-1 series victory.
Game three highlights for the Vikings included a kill by Youngblood, a kill by Dole, an ace by Lexi D’Amour, a kill by Finstrom, and a kill by Clark.
“I thought against Reed City the girls played really, really well,” Coach Tim Zigila. “The girls did a good job considering all the distractions they could have had.”
Coach Zigila said with Tuesday being the first day of school the energy level was high for the start of the volleyball meet.
“Today school’s starting. The kids are happy to be back face to face, no masks,” Coach Zigila said.
Coach Zigila said the Oscoda series was close all the way through and the girls played well again, but they just weren’t able to get some key plays when they got behind at times in games two and three.
“That was high energy again. You look at the blocks, the swings, I thought the girls executed well,” Coach Zigila said. “I think we kind of did a good job climbing out of that hole but we needed a timely serve, or whatever we needed, we didn’t get.”
Coach Zigila said it’s early in the season and the squad is still working on its “cohesiveness.”
“I think Kenzie Castle was very good defensively tonight,” Coach Zigila said. “I thought they all did. Every single one of them took advantage of their opportunities tonight.”
The Vikings will host Boyne City on Thursday, September 9, after the JV games, which start at 5:30 p.m.