Cards sweep SVC matchup against Inland Lakes

ONAWAY — The Onaway volleyball team took advantage of playing some strong competition in a weekend tournament at Petoskey and defeated Ski-Valley conference foe Inland Lakes by scores of 25-18, 25-21 and 25-18 on Tuesday.

The Cardinals were led by Maddie McLean who had 12 kills, six digs and two aces. Jacquelyn Nash dished out 25 assists, 13 digs and three kills. KayAnna Dean added three kills, three aces and three digs and Malaurie McLean chipped in with six digs.

Over the weekend, Onaway went 2-2-1.

The Cardinals beat Cheboygan in the first match 25-19 and 25-13 before dropping the second match to the host Petoskey 25-12 and 25-14. Onaway then defeated TCBAA 25-7 and 25-17 and split its final match of pool play with Rogers City by scores of 25-27 and 25-20.

The Cardinals dropped their final game of the day to Midland Dow, losing 25-17 and 25-19.

Onaway was led by Maddie McLean who had 25 kills, 25 digs and three aces and earned all-tournament team honors. Nash dished out 55 assists and had 29 digs, 19 aces and 14 kills. Calley Selke chipped in with 23 digs and 16 kills.

“We were pretty steady at the tournament and we were competitive with a couple Class A schools which was nice to see,” Onaway coach Steve Watson said. “We limited our errors against Inland Lakes and had good ball control. We’re looking forward to what should be a good match against Forest Area in our next contest.”

Onaway improves to 2-0 overall in conference play and will have its most important game to date when the Cardinals travel to Forest Area on Tuesday. The past several years the Ski-Valley winner has been undefeated and has came down to Onaway and Forest Area.

The Cardinals come in ranked eighth in the state and are looking to avenge last season’s five set lost to Forest Area who is ranked seventh in the state.