Niles second at Gull Lake InvitationalPublished 7:47am Saturday, August 18, 2012
RICHLAND – The Niles volleyball team finished second at the Gull Lake Invitational Friday.
The Vikings lost to just one team in the tournament, host and eventual champion Gull Lake.
Niles was 5-2 in the debut of coach Jenny Nate.
“I’m so proud of the girls,” she said. “I was hired a week ago and my players have welcomed me with open arms, have worked hard, stayed focused and have really supported me jumping right in so that we could move forward fast to prepare for our season.”
The Vikings defeated Kalamazoo Loy Norrix, Caledonia, Portage Northern and Battle Creek Lakeview in reaching the finals.
The host Blue Devils toppled Niles 25-13 and 25-20 in the championship match.
“Today was a total team effort and our starters and subs came together and played hard with the same extraordinary intensity throughout the entire tourney,” Nate said. “They had fun, played aggressive and never let up through the championship match. It was a great start to our season and I’m excited to watch this team learn and grow.”
Gull Lake Invitational
Niles d. Loy Norrix 25-13, 25-18; Gull Lake d. Niles 14-25, 25-27
Power Pool Play
Niles d. Portage Northern 25-11, 25-13; Niles d. Caledonia 25-14, 23-25, 15-8; Niles d. Parchment 25-13, 25-10
Niles d. Lakeview 25-22, 25-10
Gull Lake d. Niles 13-25, 20-25
Cortney Shirrell 105
Ashley Love 51
Miranda Baker 42
Lashonda Greene 26
Points and aces
Maggie Hoff 42 points, 2 aces
Shirrell 41 points, 1 ace
Kierra Fillwock 35 points, 3 aces
Kelsey Barton 33 points
Baker 24 points and 3 aces