Edwardsburg second at Chieftain InvitationalPublished 9:55pm Monday, September 17, 2012
The Edwardsburg volleyball team has come a long way for first-year coach Chrissy Breisch.
The Eddies reached the finals of the Chieftain Invitational before falling to Sturgis in the title match 25-21 and 30-28 Saturday.
Breisch said her team is coming together.
“They wanted it,” she said about her team’s effort in the final set against the Trojans. “I’ve never seen them play like that. We always have this joke that they have to pass a three ball, which is a ball that they can set all three hitters off of. We were passing like two and a halves and they were like, ‘dang it.’ Normally they would be like ‘hey, two and a half is okay.’ They wanted to be perfect, and I haven’t seen that out of this team until just now. So I like that.”
Both sets were a battle back and forth with neither team getting the upper hand.
Edwardsburg did lead both sets in the early stages, but Sturgis came back behind its serving and net play.
In the opening set the Eddies trailed 21-19 before tying it up at 21-21. But three straight service winners for the Trojans gave Sturgis the 25-21 victory.
The second set was even more back and forth.
Edwardsburg raced out to a 4-0 lead behind the serving of Lindsay Nunez only to have Sturgis win eight consecutive points to take a 9-4 lead.
It was the Eddies’ turn to rally and they did just that. Back-to-back aces by Nunez gave Edwardsburg a brief 17-14 advantage.
From there it was nip and tuck with 11 ties.
A couple of late hitting errors by the Eddies helped the Trojans seal the victory.
Breisch has an extremely young squad as she has nine juniors, one sophomore and two freshmen on the roster. Consistent play has been a problem for the Eddies this year.
“That was be our biggest downfall,” she said. “We are leaps and bounds better than we were. At the beginning of the year I couldn’t even come up with a starting lineup because I was very nervous about who would hit well and who could pass. I feel like I’ve finally had some leaders step up. I would probably say that this tournament is where it happened.”
Host Dowagiac was 1-5 in pool play after winning one of three games against Cassopolis in the tournament opener and being swept by River Valley 3-0.
Edwardsburg defeated Dowagiac in the quarterfinals 2-0.
Cassopolis was 2-4 in pool play before being defeated by Kalamazoo Loy Norrix in the quarterfinals 2-0.
Pool Play records
River Valley 6-0, Cassopolis 2-4, Dowagiac 1-5
Kalamazoo Loy Norrix 2-4
Edwardsburg d. Dowagiac 2-0
Loy Norrix d. Cassopolis 2-0
Edwardsburg d. River Valley 2-0
Sturgis d. Loy Norrix 2-0
Sturgis d. Edwardsburg 25-21, 30-28
Kaylee Ryker 74
Lindsay Nunez 66
Madison Hatkevich 50
Bri Nemeth 33
Payton Szlanfucht 27
Mackenzie Meyers 21
Kaylee Ryker 8
Mackenzie Meyers 18
Taylor Sipe- Bretschneider 12
Tyeisa Fuller 50
Devan Hillyer 26
Tori Baker 4
Sheridan Curry 3
Amanda Badner 19
Brittany Williams 12
Jessica Herthoge 15
Katie Dantone 19
Casey Weldy 14
Courtney Hunsberger 4