Vikings win 3-1 vs. Blazers during last regular season home meet
Tue, 10/27/2020 - 11:34am caleb
Varsity volleyball team earns league victory during cancer awareness night
Caleb Casey | Managing Editor
During a night that featured the message of cancer awareness and a fundraising effort for the American Cancer Society, Grayling High School’s varsity volleyball team won 3-1 vs. the Kalkaska Blazers – a Lake Michigan Conference opponent – on Tuesday at GHS.
“It’s a great event, a great cause,” Coach Tim Zigila said. “Student Senate did a great job decorating the gym.”
“It impacts our team. We’ve had a couple of players whose families have been affected by it,” Coach Zigila said.
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month in the United States. Coach Zigila said his team wore pink on Tuesday as well as colors that signify support for people fighting other types of cancer.
“For us, yes, it’s breast cancer, but as a team we are completely aware of everything. I applaud the girls for that. For us, it’s always been that way,” Coach Zigila said.
In game one of the series – a contest that featured a moment of silence for people affected by cancer – the Vikings took a 1-0 lead in the match with a 25-22 victory.
Grayling trailed by five points, 17-12, after 29 serves. The Vikings scored five unanswered points to tie the score at 17-17. Points for Grayling during the first 34 serves included a kill by Alaina Anderson and an ace by Makenzie Castle.
The Vikings scored points with kills by Kynadi Dole and Jasmine Youngblood. Dole served an ace for Grayling’s 24th point. The Vikings clinched the game one win with a hit by Paige Clark.
Grayling won another close game in the second match of the series. The Vikings won 25-23. Scoring highlights for Grayling included kills by Youngblood, Dole, Anderson, and Clark, consecutive aces by Anderson, two blocks by Dole, and an ace by Dole.
Kalkaska won by two points, 25-23, during game three of the series. Points for Grayling included two kills by Anderson, a kill by Dole, three kills by Clark, a block by Dole, and an ace by Youngblood.
The Vikings led 2-1 in the series going into game four.
Grayling led 15-10 early in the fourth game of the night. Points for Grayling included an ace by Ellie Wagner, two kills by Dole, an ace by Dole, and an ace by Castle.
Kalkaska battled back, tying the score at 22-22. Grayling’s points included an ace by Anderson, a kill by Clark, and consecutive aces by Youngblood.
Later, the score was tied at 24-24. Grayling won consecutive volleys to win 26-24, clinching a 3-1 series victory.
Coach Zigila said the team’s two seniors – Alison Brown and Ellie Wagner, playing in their last regular season home games for the Vikings – played well vs. Kalkaska.
“Alison played well. Ellie played well. Just super pleased with the effort,” Coach Zigila said.
Coach Zigila said the front line players – Anderson, Clark, Castle, Youngblood, Dole – also played well.
“I feel like we’re on the rise. I feel like we’re playing as a team,” Coach Zigila said. “I think if we continue this upward swing it’s going to be fun.”
The Vikings will end their 2020 regular season with a meet at Ogemaw Heights on Thursday, October 29.
For the Michigan High School Athletic Association playoffs, Grayling is in District 34-2 with Sault Ste. Marie, Cheboygan, Kalkaska, Boyne City, and Kingsley. Grayling High School will host all games for the tournament. On Monday, November 2, Cheboygan will battle Kalkaska at 5:30 p.m. Also on November 2, Grayling will play against Boyne City at 7:30 p.m.
On Wednesday, November 4, Grayling High School will host two District 34-2 semifinal games. The winner of Cheboygan vs. Kalkaska will play Sault Ste. Marie at 5:30 p.m. The Grayling vs. Boyne City winner will play against Kingsley at 7:30 p.m.
The District 34-2 championship game is slated for Friday, November 6, at 6 p.m.