Vikings sweep Red Devils
Varsity volleyball squad defeats East Jordan 25-13, 25-18, 25-22 during Lake Michigan Conference meet on Tuesday night
Caleb Casey | Managing Editor
The varsity girls volleyball team from Grayling High School swept the East Jordan Red Devils 3-0 during a best-of-five Lake Michigan Conference meet hosted by the Vikings on Tuesday night.
In game one, Grayling won 25-13.
It was close early; the Vikings led 13-11 after 24 serves. Early highlights for Grayling included a block by Emma Mertes and kills by Allie Moffit, Kynadi Dole, and Mertes.
The Vikings ended the game on a 12-2 run. Points for Grayling included kills by Moffit and Dole and an ace by Alison Brown.
In game two, the score was tied at 10-10 after 20 serves. The first 10 points for Grayling in the contest included an ace by Jasmine Youngblood, a kill by Moffit, an ace by Moffit, and two kills by Youngblood.
A 9-2 run by Grayling gave the Vikings a 19-12 advantage after 31 serves. The series included an ace by Youngblood, two kills by Moffit, and one kill by Mertes.
Grayling won game two of the series by a final score of 25-18. Points for the Vikings down the stretch included a kill by Mertes and an ace by Mertes.
Grayling led 2-0.
The Vikings opened game three with a 7-1 run. Moffit had two kills. Youngblood and Brown served aces for the Vikings early in the contest.
Grayling extended its lead to 17-9. Mertes served an ace. Dole had two kills. Kayleigh Paulus had one kill. Ellie Wagner served consecutive aces.
East Jordan tied the game at 17-17 with an 8-0 run.
The Vikings scored on a kill by Mertes. Youngblood served consecutive aces. Grayling led 21-17.
The Red Devils scored. The Vikings got a point with a kill by Moffit. East Jordan pulled within one, 22-21, with a 4-1 run.
Grayling scored three points down the stretch to win 25-22.
The Vikings won the series 3-0.
“Good overall game for us,” Coach Tim Zigila said. “Everyone had opportunities on offense to get some sets. We ran some sets we had not run before. The girls served well. Jasmine Youngblood, Ellie Wagner, and Alison Brown all had nice runs of serves.”
Coach Zigila said the squad’s strong play during the latter part of the Grayling Invitational Volleyball Tournament on Saturday, September 21, seemed to carry over to Tuesday’s series vs. the Red Devils.
“I am feeling like we have some momentum from Saturday’s tournament,” Coach Zigila said. “Hopefully we can carry that another week or two.”
The Vikings will host Houghton Lake and West Branch Ogemaw Heights on Thursday, October 3. Grayling will play in a league meet at Elk Rapids on Tuesday, October 8.