2016-10-27 / Sports

Engadine Eagles Best St. Ignace on Volleyball Court

By Stephanie Fortino


During the Saints game against the Engadine Eagles, Aubrey Simmons (10) of the Eagles jumps to hit the volleyball at Linnie Gustafson (4) of the Saints meets her to get the block. Looking on for Engadine are (from left) Mercy Freed (3), and Keely Fuller (13); and for St. Ignace is Katlyn Donajkowski (2). During the Saints game against the Engadine Eagles, Aubrey Simmons (10) of the Eagles jumps to hit the volleyball at Linnie Gustafson (4) of the Saints meets her to get the block. Looking on for Engadine are (from left) Mercy Freed (3), and Keely Fuller (13); and for St. Ignace is Katlyn Donajkowski (2). The St. Ignace Saints varsity volleyball team played their best game in a while, but ended up falling to the Engadine Eagles during a home matchup Tuesday, October 18. The Eagles came out strong and won the first two sets at 25-10 and 25-13, but the Saints rallied and won the next two sets, 25-17 and 25-18. While the Saints gave them a run for their money, the Eagles came back to win the final fifth set 15-7.

Saints Coach Debbie Brandstrom was pleased with how her team played.

“I am very proud of them,” she said. “It was the best they played in a long time.”

During the first two games, the Saints started off slowly and struggled with serving. The Eagles outpaced them.


Aubrey Simmons of Engadine (10) jumps to set the volleyball during the game against St. Ignace, as (from left) Hannah McArthur (4) and Jade Edelman (11) of the Saints prepare to respond. Aubrey Simmons of Engadine (10) jumps to set the volleyball during the game against St. Ignace, as (from left) Hannah McArthur (4) and Jade Edelman (11) of the Saints prepare to respond. The Eagles played well again during the second set, coming out to an early lead 7-3 under the consistent serving of Allison Margherio. The Eagles racked up three points under the serving of Megan Bell, bringing the lead to 13-6.

“We came out strong in the first two sets,” said Engadine Coach Kathy Miller, “and then allowed St. Ignace to gain the momentum the next.”

During the third set, the Saints took the lead early on and were ahead 18-14. The Saints held the Eagles at 14 points under the serving of Jade Edelman. The Saints were ahead, 24-15, when the Eagles took control of the ball. Ashtyn Buss of the Eagles took over serving, adding two points for Engadine. The Saints got the final point to make it to 25.


Hannah McArthur of the Engadine Eagles (4) jumps to hit the volleyball during the game against the Saints Tuesday, October 18, as (center, from left) Keshia Davis and Jade Edelman prepare to block for the Saints. Hannah McArthur of the Engadine Eagles (4) jumps to hit the volleyball during the game against the Saints Tuesday, October 18, as (center, from left) Keshia Davis and Jade Edelman prepare to block for the Saints. “We came back,” Coach Brandstrom said, “and it worked for us. We were intense on the bench and on the court. We started working together.”

Better communication and movement across the floor helped lift the Saints. Linnie Gustafson did a good job blocking with Keshia Davis, Coach Brandstrom said. Gustafson, Davis, and Jade Edelman were strong at hitting: “They were on fire,” she said.

Kate Bentgen took over serving early in the fourth set when the Saints were up 9-5, and she helped increase the lead to 15-5. Later on, the Eagles held the saints at 17 points, as Olivia Vaughn took over serving for the Eagles. She helped increase the Engadine score from 10 to 14 points. The close contest ended with the Saints winning, 25-19.

During the final set, the Eagles topped the Saints for the third time.

The St. Ignace student cheering section tried to rally some positive energy, starting the “Here we go Saints!” cheer when the Eagles got out to an 8-5 lead. But the Saints couldn’t catch the Eagles, and fell in the final set 15-7.

“We were able to regroup to take the fifth set and match,” said Engadine Coach Miller, “but we need to learn how to play our game from start to finish.”

During the junior varsity game, Engadine won the first match, 25-23, and St. Ignace won the second two matches at 25-12 and 16-14.

St. Ignace Statistics: Kate Bentgen, 20 assists, two aces, 12 serves; Jade Edelman three aces, 12 kills, five blocks, 13 serves; Jordan Belleville, four serves; Linnie Gustafson, one ace, seven kills, six blocks, nine serves; Keshia Davis, three kills, four blocks; Erika Frazier,

27 assists, one ace, 13 serves; Tara Bunker, four serves; Taylor St. Onge, three serves.

Engadine Statistics: Olivia Vaughn, five aces, nine attack kills, two block kills; Allison Margherio, four aces, two attack kills; Aubrey Simmons, four aces, 18 attack kills, three block kills; Ashtyn Buss, four aces, three attack kills; Hannah McArthur, one ace, two attack kills, one block kill, five assists; Megan Bell, one ace, one attack kill; Mercy Freed, one ace; Keely Fuller, six attack kills, two block kills, 24 assists; and Lauren Dennis, one attack kill.

Monday, October 24, the Saints hosted the Manistique. Saturday, October 29, the Saints will play at the Straits Area Conference in Sault Ste. Marie, starting at 9 a.m. Districts will be held from Monday, October 31, to Saturday, November 5.

Tuesday, October 25, Engadine faced off against Cedarville. Thursday, October 27, the Eagles will host the Newberry Indians.

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