ONAWAY-The Onaway volleyball team's senior class played its last regular season home game on Monday and did not disappoint: the Cardinals swept Cedarville in three games 25-2, 25-12 and 25-8.
Onaway head coach Steve Watson commented on the success of his senior class, which included Emily Estep, Megan Estep and Kallie Shimel.
"It was great to recognize such an excellent group of seniors. They're one of our best group of seniors ever in Onaway volleyball, maybe our best ever," Watson said.
News Photo by Eric Benac
Onaway’s Sara Fullerton (5) hits it over the net while Cedarville’s Monica Krackowski (2) attempts to block. Fullerton is watched by teammates Mariah Erhke (3) Lexi Szymoniak (10) and Megan Estep.
The first game was completely dominated by an effective offense from the No. 4 Cardinals (41-4-3) and defense that Cedarville could not overcome. Alexis Barr of Cedarville had the first serve of the match. Onaway won the point and Devin Bristley came up to serve. She then served for 14 straight points to bring Onaway to a commanding 14-0 lead.
Bristley had five kills, three aces and seven digs in the match.
Cedarville did win the 15th point but lost the 16th as Megan Estep served for three straight points. Cedarville got its second point of the match but lost the serve again on the next point to bring the game to 20-2.
Estep had two kills, 23 assists, three aces and 11 digs.
Sara Fullerton served for the next five points to end the game 25-2. Fullerton had seven kills, six aces and four digs.
The second game saw stronger, more confident play from Cedarville and the Trojans were able to keep up a little better.
After four volleys, Onaway and Cedarville were tied 2-2. The pin point precision of the previous game was being reacted to more strongly by Cedarville. Onaway pulled ahead 12-7, but four straight serves by Cedarville's Madi Kruger helped reduce the lead to 12-11.
This was as close as Cedarville got in the night as Onaway outscored the Trojans 13-1 over the last 14 game points to win 25-12. Estep and Olivia McDonald served for six point and five point streaks respectively.
McDonald had five digs on the night.
The third game was similar to the first. Cedarville held its own for the first four points but Onaway quickly pulled ahead 15-5. This streak was highlighted by seven straight serves by Megan Estep as well as excellent defensive digs by Emily Estep.
Emily Estep had 10 digs on the night.
Onaway then outscored Cedarville 10-3 in the last 13 game points to win 25-8. Cedarville continued to play strong offense and defense during the game, but Onaway played efficient and clean volleyball.
Cedarville head coach Frank Arnold commented on the skills of the Cardinals at the end of the game.
"They're a great team, fantastic and tough to beat. I wish them the best of luck in districts," he said.
Lexi Szymoniak had 10 kills and nine digs for the Cardinals and Mariah Ehrke had seven kills and four digs.
Barr, Amy Knapp and Jennifer Strait each had two kills for the Trojans.
Onaway hosts the Presque Isle Tournament on Wednesday against Posen and Rogers City at 5 p.m.
Rogers City loses two in Pellston
PELLSTON-The Rogers City volleyball team lost a pair of matches at a tri-match on Monday.
The Hurons lost to Pellston 18-25, 15-25 and Gaylord 25-23, 13-25 and 8-15.
Lindsay Claus had eight kills for the Hurons, Jena Tulgestke had seven and Sarah Meredith had six. Brooklyn Idalski had nine digs, Nikkie LaLonde had eight digs, Cassie Brege had five aces and eight assists and Courtney Streich had seven digs and 12 assists.