Volleyball team sweeps Coyotes, finishes comeback victory vs. Owls
Wed, 09/02/2020 - 12:10pm caleb
Varsity squad starts night with 2-0 series win vs. Reed City, ends meet with 2-1 victory against Oscoda
Caleb Casey | Managing Editor
Grayling High School’s varsity volleyball team swept Reed City and completed a comeback win vs. Oscoda during a three-team meet hosted by the Vikings on Tuesday, September 1.
First, Grayling played against the Reed City Coyotes.
The Vikings led 10-3 after the first 13 serves. Early highlights for Grayling included three kills by Paige Clark and a block by Kynadi Dole.
Reed City battled back and tied the score at 14-14. The score was tied at 15-15 after 30 serves. The Vikings scored three points to lead 18-15. Reed City scored. Grayling won five of the next six volleys, finishing two of them with kills by Dole. The Vikings led 23-17.
The Coyotes scored to pull within five. Grayling scored on a hit by Dole. The Vikings finished the game with an ace by Dole. Grayling won 25-18, giving the Vikings a 1-0 lead in the best of three series.
Game two yielded the same result; the Vikings won by a final score of 25-18.
Grayling led 10-4 early in the contest. Points for Grayling included a kill by Makenzie Castle, two kills by Jasmine Youngblood, and a kill by Dole.
The Vikings led by seven – 15-8 and 17-10 and 18-11 – later in the match. The Coyotes pulled within four, 20-16, but that was as close as it would get down the stretch. Highlights for the Vikings included an ace by Ellie Wagner, two kills by Dole, an ace by Kayli Burch, and – for the squad’s game-clinching 25th point – a block by Dole.
With the 25-18 victory in game two, the Vikings defeated the Coyotes 2-0 in the series.
“We ran a 6-2 in the second game, got some kids some playing time. We had some kids who contributed who don’t always get that opportunity,” Coach Tim Zigila said.
Grayling finished its night of competition with a best of three series vs. the Oscoda Owls.
Oscoda won 25-20 during game one of the series. It was close early with the Owls leading 12-10 after 22 serves. Oscoda led by as many as six down the stretch, and the Owls won by five points.
Highlights for Grayling during game one of the Oscoda series included an ace by Castle, an ace by Alison Brown, an ace by Youngblood, two kills by Dole, and an ace by Dole.
The second game of the series had a similar start with Oscoda again leading 12-10 after 22 serves. The Owls extended their lead to five, 16-11.
Grayling battled back. Trailing 20-17 late in the game, the Vikings scored five unanswered points to lead 22-20. The 5-0 run included a kill by Dole.
Oscoda scored to pull within one, 22-21. Grayling finished a volley with a hit by Dole to go back up by two. The Owls scored to cut Grayling’s lead back to one, 23-22.
The Vikings scored on a kill by Castle to lead 24-22. Oscoda scored two points to tie the game at 24-24. Grayling won the next two volleys, clinching a 26-24 victory in game two and tying the series at 1-1.
In the rubber match, the two teams played to 15.
Grayling scored the first two points of game three on a serving error by Oscoda and an ace by Castle. The Vikings maintained at least a one-point lead for the rest of the contest and Grayling won game three by a final score of 15-9.
Game three highlights for the Vikings included a kill by Dole, a block by Dole, and an ace by Brown.
Grayling won the series 2-1.
“It was a tough match,” Coach Zigila said. “Their number one is just tough, tough as nails. She was just a handful outside. We just couldn’t stop her. She was going to get hers; we needed to somehow minimize her impact.”
Coach Zigila said Brown played well, Dole’s hitting was a highlight, and Castle had some key serves.
“When Kynadi can get the ball in rhythm she’s just crushing that ball,” Coach Zigila said. “Kenzie Castle has that absolute bullet serve. She’s just got that rocket for a serve.”
Overall, Coach Zigila said it was a “weird” night to play volleyball because it was the first day of classes for Grayling High School, and the team was “flat” at times during the meet.
“I thought the kids played well. Tough day today. First day of school, lots of protocols to follow. I thought we played a good all-around team game. We did good stuff,” Coach Zigila said. “We need to get our outsides a little more comfortable. We need to get some more quality swings.”
The freshman, junior varsity, and varsity volleyball teams from Grayling High School will host Charlevoix at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, September 10.