2017-09-07 / Sports

Mackinaw City Volleyball Splits With Maplewood Baptist, DeTour in Opener

By Erich T. Doerr


Mackinaw City’s Haley Jones (6) launches the ball back over the net as her teammates Lauren Backus (14) and Alaina Martin (2) get into position and DeTour opponent Christy Papin (2) races over to defend during the Tuesday, August 29, game in Mackinaw City. The Comets went on to win this set 25-9 as they won the match in four sets. Mackinaw City’s Haley Jones (6) launches the ball back over the net as her teammates Lauren Backus (14) and Alaina Martin (2) get into position and DeTour opponent Christy Papin (2) races over to defend during the Tuesday, August 29, game in Mackinaw City. The Comets went on to win this set 25-9 as they won the match in four sets. The Mackinaw City volleyball team split in its opening doubleheader at home Tuesday, August 29. The evening began with Maplewood Baptist improving to 3-0 this season by defeating the Mackinaw City Comets in four sets before the hosts came back to win the nightcap against DeTour in four sets.

The opening game between Mackinaw City and Maplewood Baptist saw the Black Bears win the first set 25-21 before the Comets took the second set 26-24. Maplewood then took the victory with additional 25- 20 and 25-9 set victories. Mackinaw City’s match with DeTour saw the Lady Raiders win the first set 25-19 before the Comets rallied off set victories of 25-21, 25-9, and 25-4 to take the win. The games were the first for Mackinaw City following the return of head Coach Rachel Wallin to the team after a three-year absence.


DeTour’s Hallie Grzesiek (7) pops the ball over the net as her teammate Sierra Burton (1) looks on at the start of the second set in the school’s season opening game on the road against Mackinaw City Tuesday, August 29. The Comets are ready to defend, including (from left) Kayla Gallagher (4), Kameryn Hartman (10), Haley Jones (6), and Kyra Cryderman (8). Mackinaw City went on to win this set. DeTour’s Hallie Grzesiek (7) pops the ball over the net as her teammate Sierra Burton (1) looks on at the start of the second set in the school’s season opening game on the road against Mackinaw City Tuesday, August 29. The Comets are ready to defend, including (from left) Kayla Gallagher (4), Kameryn Hartman (10), Haley Jones (6), and Kyra Cryderman (8). Mackinaw City went on to win this set. Ms. Wallin said the Comets (1-1) didn’t let the loss in the first game get to them. The team came out more aggressively in the second game and hit better.

“We were communicating much better in the second game,” Coach Wallin said. “They played to win, but they had a lot of fun out there.”

Ms. Wallin said Mackinaw City played well despite being tired after the first game. She added if they continue to play like they did against De- Tour, they are in for a good season. Tuesday’s matchup was also the season opener for the DeTour Raiders.

“We have work to do,” DeTour Coach Sara Galarowic said, noting the team will take a few lessons from its defeat. “We’ll work on our passing and we’ll get better.”

DeTour came out of the gate strong in the first set of their match and led 6-2 early while Tailey Mc- Closkey and Sierra Burton were serving. Further success followed for the Raiders as they recorded four more points while Hallie Grzesiek served. Mackinaw City counted with four points of its own as Kameryn Hartman served and eventually cut the lead to two points, only for De- Tour to pull back away while Holly Moser served on the way to winning the set.

DeTour led 2-1 early in the second set but Mackinaw City’s offense came alive as Alaina Martin, Hartman, and Kyra Cryderman served while they pulled out to a 10-4 lead. The Raiders cut the lead back down to three while McCloskey served, but Mackinaw City increased it back to six with Hartman serving. The Raiders then closed the gap with Alora Barbeaux and Grzesiek serving, but the Comets countered their performance as Jenna Wiertalla and Haley Jones served. The Comets eked out a narrow 26-24 win.

The third set started close as the two teams tied at 4-4 before Mackinaw City pulled out to a lead with 11 unanswered points while Hartman served. Five more unanswered points as Lauren Backus served and another five while Jones served helped put the Comets over the top for a 25-9 win. Mackinaw City’s momentum carried over into the decisive fourth set with three unanswered DeTour points while McCloskey served early on, being quickly countered by eight Kinross points as Martin served. The serving Hartman and her teammates turned the lights out on DeTour with 15 consecutive points to end the set.

“We were working together more as a team,” Mackinaw City player Kayla Gallagher said of the DeTour game. “We got into our rotation well.”

The Maplewood Baptist game saw the Black Bears take an early lead in the first set before the Comets built momentum and cut the lead to two points. Maplewood held on to win the set, but the second one would be closer as the teams tied early. The Black Bears again held a small lead but the Comets came back to tie the score at 21-21 and 22-22 before they pulled ahead for their only set win.

The third set began with Maplewood Baptist opening up a five-point lead before Mackinaw City reeled them in to tie it at 14-14. As Hartman served, the Comets pulled ahead to lead 18-15 but the Black Bears evened the score then pulled out to a five-point lead with McKenzy Plesscher serving on their way to victory. Maplewood Baptist took an early lead and pulled away to win by a wide margin in the decisive fourth set.

“My girls played together as a team very well,” Maplewood Coach Amber Bailey said. “I love seeing our kills all spread out.”

My team “needed those games to gel,” Coach Wallin said, noting Maplewood has always had a solid volleyball program. “We need to learn to work together.”

Her team was slow to start in the opener, she said, and never seemed to build up a good rhythm. She said her team needed to communicate better and move its feet more.

The Black Bears remain unbeaten this season with their Mackinaw City victory. Maplewood picked up a pair of road victories earlier this year against Beaver Island.

Comets Statistics vs. Maplewood Baptist: Kameryn Hartman, four blocks, three aces, one kill; Alaina Martin, seven aces, two assists.

Comets Statistics vs. DeTour: Alaina Martin, six aces, two kills, 14 assists; Kameryn Hartman, eight aces, two kills, two blocks; Kayla Gallagher, 11 kills, four blocks.

Lady Raiders Statistics: Hallie Grzesiek, eight kills, six aces; Tailey McCloskey, four aces, eight digs; Sierra Burton, four kills.

Black Bears Statistics: Liberty Bailey, eight kills, seven blocks, 18 assists; Hanna Royer, 19 assists; McKenzy Plesscher, seven aces.

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