Crossroads falls in title match of home invitational
Crossroads Natalie Chapman (4) and Grace Clark (14) go after the ball in Saturday’s tournament. (Pioneer photo/John Raffel)
BIG RAPIDS — Crossroads and Reed City both made it into the semifinal round of Saturday’s CCA Volleyball Invitational.
But Onekama pulled out the title with a 25-9, 25-12 win over the Cougars in the championship match.
Crossroads beat Reed City 25-21, 25-20 in the semifinal round.
“We worked well together all day, but something threw us off and we couldn’t get into the groove we had for the earlier games,” Crossroads coach Kristin Yates said after the Onekama match.
Jada Meeuwes and Natalie Chapman had two kills each, Jacy Carlson scored two aces and Kenzie Cole had a solo block for the Onekama match. Against Reed City,
Gretchen Purcell earned two aces, Jada Meeuwes and Grace Clark both had solo blocks, and Natalie Chapman had two kills.
In pool play, Crossroads was 2-0 with wins of 25-11, 25-16 over McBain Northern Michigan Christian and 25-19, 25-18 over Manistee Catholic Central. Chapman earned nine kills and two aces while Jacy Carlson added three aces. Murray had four kills and Cole had eight assists. Against MCC, Cole serves the first 13 points of our first set and added one ace, three kills, and four assists to her stats. Natalie Chapman had five kills and three aces, and Jada Meeuwes had five kills and three solo blocks.
“Overall, this was one of our better tournaments,” Yates said.
CCA plays at Montabella on Thursday.
Reed City swept Buckley 25-7, 25-23 and lost to Manistee CC 25-19, 25-14.
Leading the day for Reed City were Demi Lodholtz 18 kills, five aces and 24 digs; Mady Brown 12 kills, three aces and 34 digs; McKena Hill with eight kills, three digs and three blocks; Katelynn Holmes with four blocks, 14 kills and 27 digs; Mackenzie Wein 32 digs, 14 kills and two aces; Alison Duddles with four kills 23 digs and 29 assists and five blocks; Maddie Morgan with five and 23 digs; and Rylie Olds with five aces, 22 digs and 41 assists.
“Talking, we need to talk more,” Reed City coach Rylie Olds said.
“I told the kids afterwards in a couple of games we played really, really well,” Reed City coach Don Patterson said. “Maybe as well as we’ve played all year. We have the consistency overall. We’ll need to focus on our serving. If we can pick that back up as we head into districts, I think we’ll be playing our best ball.”
Reed City is home with Newaygo on Tuesday.