MORENCI VOLLEYBALL: Morenci volleyball coach Dennis Owens was happy with his squad’s showing Saturday in the season opener at Addison, but there’s still a lot of work to do to prepare for league play.
There’s also some players to get into action.
Coach Owens went to Addison with only seven players dressed for a four-match day.
“With only seven players available on the conditions on the day, I am pleased with the total picture from Saturday,” he said, “but we have a lot to work on for sure.”
Owens is expecting Chelsea Phillips to play next week after her recovery from illness. Jessica Storrs is likely to miss at least two weeks yet and Breanna Gilson should join the squad by the end of September when she expects to get clearance for participation following a knee injury.
The Bulldogs started the day with a big winner over Litchfield, 25-4, 25-6. Brooke Bovee served 17 straight points to finish off the opener and Matea Garcia served 14 in a row to start game two.
Jonesville fell 25-22, 25-15, although Morenci never had the lead in the first game until 22-21 off a serve by Erin Vanderpool.
League foe Madison downed Morenci 25-18, 25-13, then went on to win the tournament by defeating Clinton in the finals. Morenci stayed close in the first game, trailing 16-19 and 17-21.
In bracket play, Morenci trailed Addison 17-18 before falling 17-25. In the second game—what Owens calls the Bulldogs’ only bad game of the day—Addison took a 25-10 win to leave Morenci with a 2-2 record in its first outing of the season.
Serving—Bovee, 37/37, 9 aces, 26 points; Garcia, 38/41, 7 aces, 28 points; Vanderpool, 22/26, 4 aces, 14 points; Carolyn Blaker, 17/18, 2 aces, 8 points and Hannah Jeffers, 18/21, 3 aces and 8 points.
Attacks: Bovee, 24 kills and 4 blocks; Garcia, 17 kills and 2 blocks; Jeffers, 8 kills and 1 block; Taylor Schisler, 2 blocks
Passing: Vanderpool, 42 digs; Bovee, 23 digs; Blaker, 20 digs; Jeffers, 19 digs
Setting: Garcia, 23 assists; Bovee, 16 assists.
FAYETTE GOLF: Fayette’s golfers earned a dual win and second-place in a quad match in early-season action.
Riley Martin and Jon Boesger tied for medalist honors in a dual match against Evergreen Aug. 16, with the Eagles taking a 176-190 victory.
Zayne Colegrove carded a 45 and Dusty Lantz followed with a 47.
Fayette also nipped the Vikings with the second team, 214-215, led by Matt Storrs with 47. Alec Hylander finished with a 52, followed by Tiffany Bates at 57 and Michael Brubaker at 58.
Friday at Ironwood, Archbold took a big win with 164 strokes, followed by Fayette with 184, Ayersville with 214 and Pettisville with 224.
An Archbold golfer was medalist with 39. For the Eagles, Boesger was tops at 43, followed by Lantz, 46; Martin, 47; Colegrove, 48; Storrs, 58; and Skylar Lantz, 64.