2017-11-09 / Sports

Experienced Raiders Squad Defeats Up and Coming Lakers in Volleyball District Match

By Jacob A. Ball


At right: DeTour’s Sierra Burton lifts the ball over an attempted block from Mackinac Island’s Makenna Horricks during the semifinals of the district volleyball championship Wednesday, November 1. At right: DeTour’s Sierra Burton lifts the ball over an attempted block from Mackinac Island’s Makenna Horricks during the semifinals of the district volleyball championship Wednesday, November 1. Having won the district championship for two straight years, the DeTour Raiders volleyball team arrived at Cedarville High School Wednesday, November 1, determined to find their way back to the title game. Facing an up and coming Mackinac Island Lakers volleyball team in the semifinals, their focus did not falter. The Raiders won in straight sets to advance to the district championship game.

In only the second year of competition for the Mackinac Island program, the Lakers have had a much-improved season. To succeed at this stage, the Lakers had to keep their composure, but an unfortunate injury and a quick start from the Raiders would put Mackinac Island on the ropes. Senior Cheyla Shunk went down with an apparent ankle injury early in the first set. Shunk had been a starter throughout the season, and the absence of her leadership on the court was a difficult hurdle to overcome. The girls continued to fight, but dominant serves from DeTour’s Holly Moser and Riley Autore would lead to a 25-10 victory for the Raiders in the first set.

The second set came with new life for the Lakers, who started off much better than the first. With the hopes of tying up the game at one set each, Mackinac Island showed resolve to take an early 5-2 lead. Soon the Raiders would close the gap to one point, 9-8, as they maintained their composure. This pressure on the Lakers would continue with an 8-2 run that put De- Tour back in control, 16-11. A second-set victory 25-13 would put the game almost out of reach. Mackinac Island displayed good effort and determination throughout the contest, but the experience and athletic talent of the Raiders was too much to overcome.

The third set would begin 6-0 for the Raiders, as DeTour’s Tailey McCloskey would score on six straight serves, including one ace. McCloskey accounted for 14 points in the third set to help De- Tour seal their district semifinal victory with a 25-7 third set. Coach Sara Galarowic said that McCloskey’s performance “from the serving line was phenomenal.” She also commended her seniors Moser and Hallie Grzesiek for stepping up their game in a mustwin scenario.

“It was a great team effort tonight. We knew we wanted to get back in the finals and try for another one, and we’re glad to be back,” Coach Galarowic said after the game.

The Mackinac Island players had much to be proud of after the strides they took throughout the season. Coach Jennifer Schrader was disappointed to be headed home, but was very proud of her team.

“They played hard, and they grew more than you would expect a team to grow over a season,” she said.

Coach Schrader added that she is sad to see her seniors, Grace Yakuber and Shunk leaving, and that they will be missed next year.

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