2017-09-28 / Sports

10 Teams Participate in St. Ignace Varsity Volleyball Invitational Tournament

By Debra Petkus


LaSalle High School students helped organize and officiate at the invitational Saturday, September 23, including Tori Litzner (left) and Olivia Champion. LaSalle High School students helped organize and officiate at the invitational Saturday, September 23, including Tori Litzner (left) and Olivia Champion. The LaSalle High School Saints varsity volleyball girls had two losses and two ties at the B.C. Pizza Volleyball Invitational at home Saturday, September 23.

St. Ignace split with Bellaire 25- 22, 21-25. They split with Pickford 27-26, 23-25. They lost to Onaway 18-25, and 11-25, and lost to Sault Ste. Marie at 25-27, 16-25.

The tournament featured 10 teams and three courts, until the humidity of the day left the gymmasoi, floors slippery and the third court shut down because of it.

Saints Coach Deb Brandstrom said, “We had some intense games throughout the day. Even though we didn’t make it into bracket play, the girls did a great job.”

She said, “Tara Bunker is probably our best defensive specialist,” and “she really stepped up and played with enthusiasm and did an amazing job covering and digging for us.”


The Pickford Panthers were among the 10 teams in the volleyball invitational at St. Ignace Saturday, September 23. Here, they play against St. Ignace. The top two in each pool (five teams in each) made it to the semifinal round. Their pool B also played Bellaire, Onaway, and Sault Ste. Marie. Pool A included Engadine, Cedarville, Newberry, Cheboygan, and Johannesburg Lewis. The Pickford Panthers were among the 10 teams in the volleyball invitational at St. Ignace Saturday, September 23. Here, they play against St. Ignace. The top two in each pool (five teams in each) made it to the semifinal round. Their pool B also played Bellaire, Onaway, and Sault Ste. Marie. Pool A included Engadine, Cedarville, Newberry, Cheboygan, and Johannesburg Lewis. Erika Frazier and Kiara Bishop led in serves, while Linnie Gustafson, Keshia Davis, and Aly Sayles led in kills and blocks.

Saints statistics for the day: Erika Frazier 30 serves, five aces; Linnie Gustafson 20 serves, six aces, eight kills, 18 blocks; Keshia Davis 15 serves, five aces, 13 kills, five blocks; Madison Olsen eight kills, six blocks; Kiara Bishop, 25 serves, one ace; Annie Steel 17 serves, three aces; Aly Sayles threekills, 15 blocks; Tara Bunker, 11 serves, three aces.

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