2016-10-06 / Sports

DeTour Raiders Place First at 14th Mackinac Island Volleyball Tournament

By Stephanie Fortino


The teams participating in the 14th Mackinac Island Volleyball Tournament gather on the court before the games get underway Saturday, October 1. Pictured are (from front row) the Mackinac Island Lakers, the tournament champions DeTour Raiders, the Maplewood Baptist Black Bears, the Posen Vikings, the Northern Michigan Christian Academy Eagles, the Beaver Island Islanders, the Cardinal Mooney Cardinals, the Ellsworth Lancers, Alanson Vikings, and St. Michael Academy. The teams participating in the 14th Mackinac Island Volleyball Tournament gather on the court before the games get underway Saturday, October 1. Pictured are (from front row) the Mackinac Island Lakers, the tournament champions DeTour Raiders, the Maplewood Baptist Black Bears, the Posen Vikings, the Northern Michigan Christian Academy Eagles, the Beaver Island Islanders, the Cardinal Mooney Cardinals, the Ellsworth Lancers, Alanson Vikings, and St. Michael Academy. After a long day of play at the 14th Mackinac Island Volleyball Tournament, the DeTour Raiders came out on top, defeating the Cardinal Mooney Cardinals 25-21 and 25-21 Saturday, October 1. While the girls got off to a sluggish start, said Raiders coach Sara Galarowic, they warmed up to bring the tournament home.

The Raiders will only compete in two tournaments this season, including the one at Mackinac Island. At least half of the team lives on Drummond Island and had to take a ferry to the mainland at De- Tour to caravan to the Mackinac Island ferry docks. Saturday was an early morning, she said, but the girls were able to continue their past successes at the Mackinac Island tournament.


Volunteering at the concessions stand at the 14th Mackinac Island Volleyball Tournament are Island students (from left) Izzy Nitzschke, fifth grade, Otillia Styburski, third grade, and Riley Bean, sixth grade. Volunteering at the concessions stand at the 14th Mackinac Island Volleyball Tournament are Island students (from left) Izzy Nitzschke, fifth grade, Otillia Styburski, third grade, and Riley Bean, sixth grade. “We’re a little slow starting,” Coach Galarowic said after the first game against the Maplewood Baptist Black Bears. “Every tournament, the first game, we take a snooze. Getting up at 5:30 a.m. is a little early.”

The Raiders won all eight games in pool play. In the semifinals, they faced off against the Maplewood Baptist Black Bears, winning two out of three matches, 25-14, 24-26, and 15-14. And they came out ahead against Cardinal Mooney in the championship match.


During the game against the Ellsworth Lancers the Mackinac Island Lakers won Saturday, October 1, Mabel Styburski (12) hits the ball, as Ariana Pereny (17) prepares to respond. The girls wore new headbands, which were gifts from the Cardinal Mooney Cardinals. During the game against the Ellsworth Lancers the Mackinac Island Lakers won Saturday, October 1, Mabel Styburski (12) hits the ball, as Ariana Pereny (17) prepares to respond. The girls wore new headbands, which were gifts from the Cardinal Mooney Cardinals. Senior Sarah Bailey was named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player. Throughout the day, Bailey racked up 40 kills, four blocks, 20 digs, and eight aces.

Participating in the Mackinac Island Tournament were 10 teams from all over Michigan. Cardinal Mooney, which is located in Marine City about 50 miles north of Detroit, traveled the furthest at 275 miles.

The day started off with pool play, as four teams faced off on two courts. The host Mackinac Island finished 1-7 in pool play, winning a game against the Ellsworth Lancers.

Six teams faced off in the championship bracket. Posen defeated St. Michael 25-11 and 25-11 and Maplewood Baptist won against Northern Michigan Christian Academy, 25-9 and 25-12. Cardinal Mooney went on to beat Posen 26-24 and 25-21, and DeTour defeated Maplewood Baptist 25-14, 24-26, and 15-13, earning both teams a spot in the championship game.


At left: Sarah Bailey of DeTour prepares to serve the volleyball during a pool play game against the Posen Vikings at the 14th Mackinac Island Tournament Saturday, October 1. Bailey was named the tournament MVP with 40 kills, four blocks, 20 digs, and eight aces. The Raiders went on to win the tournament, defeating Cardinal Mooney 25-21 and 25-21. At left: Sarah Bailey of DeTour prepares to serve the volleyball during a pool play game against the Posen Vikings at the 14th Mackinac Island Tournament Saturday, October 1. Bailey was named the tournament MVP with 40 kills, four blocks, 20 digs, and eight aces. The Raiders went on to win the tournament, defeating Cardinal Mooney 25-21 and 25-21. This year, Mackinac Island also held a consolation final for the schools that finished lower in pool play, said Mackinac Island Athletic Director Dave Waaso.

“It gives some of the smaller schools, like us, the opportunity to win a trophy,” he said.

The Alanson Vikings defeated the Ellsworth Lancers 25-15, 15- 25, and 15-12 to win a spot in the consolation final. Beaver Island beat Mackinac Island 25-21 and 25-23 to face off against Alanson. The Alanson Vikings ultimately came out on top, defeating the Beaver Island Islanders 25-12 and 25-21 to win the consolation final.

“Alanson was ecstatic to win a trophy,” Mr. Waaso said.

While the Lakers team only won one game Saturday, Mackinac Island coach Jennifer Schaffer was happy with how the team played. The Lakers team is young this year, with about half of the members in eighth and seventh grade, and faced off against seasoned volleyball teams.

“We’re rebuilding this season,” Coach Schaffer said. “They’ve put up a great fight against some of the more experienced teams. I told them, ‘I could not have asked for better hustle or harder work.’”

The Lakers won a game against the Ellsworth Lancers, a team Coach Schaffer played against when she was in high school. She said the win was especially notable because the girls playing included a seventh grader, four eighth graders, a freshman, and a junior, who faced off against a team of juniors and seniors. Mackinac Island’s setter, junior Grace Yakuber, was also out for the match nursing a minor injury following an earlier game against St. Michael Academy in Petoskey, and the girls adapted well to the changes. After some ice and rest, Yakuber returned to the volleyball court.

“In the game we won,” Coach Schaffer said, “we had a totally different rotation. And they managed to work really well and they adjusted to the change.”

The DeTour Raiders host the St. Ignace Saints Tuesday, October 4, and the Rudyard Bulldogs Thursday, October 6.

This week, the Mackinac Island Lakers will host Ojibwe Charter Wednesday, October 5, and Beaver Island Friday, October 7, and Saturday, October 8.

DeTour Raiders Results: 8-0 overall in pool play; Semi-final bracket scores: defeated the Maplewood Baptist Black Bears 2-1: 25-14, 24-26, and 15-14; championship finals: defeated the Cardinal Mooney Cardinals 2-0: 25-21 and 25-21.

DeTour Individual Statistics: Sarah Bailey, 40 kills, four blocks, 20 digs, and eight aces; Madison Wilkie, 23 kills, 17 digs, four blocks, and four aces; Hallie Grzesiek, 24 kills, 11 digs, and four aces; Mattie Warner, 12 kills and three aces; Kaalin Crawford, 66 assists, nine digs, and 12 aces; Moriah Reed, 13 kills, 46 assists, nine digs, and 15 aces; Sara Melvin, four kills and seven aces.

Mackinac Island Lakers Results: 1-7 overall in pool play: Fell 8-15 and 11-15 to NMCA, fell 6-15 and 10-15 to St. Michael, fell 2-15 and 9-15 to Cardinal Mooney; split 15-12 and 2-15 with Ellsworth. Individual player statistics were not available.

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