Niles volleyball team wins Loy Norrix title againPublished 10:17am Sunday, September 8, 2013
KALAMAZOO – For the second consecutive year, the Niles volleyball team captured the Kalamazoo Loy Norrix Invitational Saturday.
The Vikings defeated Kalamazoo Central in the championship match 25-19 and 25-20.
In Pool play, Niles defeated Galesburg-Augusta (25-17, 25-22), Coloma (25-16, 25-11), beat Kalamazoo Central (25-21, 25-21) and split with Brandywine (25-13, 23-25).
Niles (13-1-3) was the No. 1 seed heading into single elimination play where it defeated Bangor 25-8 and 25-9 in the quarterfinals and then Galesburg-Augusta 25-10 and 25-19 in the semifinals.
“My team played amazing today,” Niles coach Jenny Nate said. “My setter Kelsey Barton deserves a lot of credit. She is a great leader, is versatile and her assists are the reason various hitters on this team are consistently in double digits on their kills. She is also one of our top servers every match, can hit, block and cover the court defensively.
“We were missing our starting outside hitter today, and so my two defensive specialists – Olivia Jordan and Courtney Nixon – stepped up the plate and did a phenomenal job taking turns hitting outside and playing all the way around to make up for the absence. As always, Miranda Baker, Kierra Fillwock, Jazmin Brann and Megan Kohler did a stellar job hitting, blocking and playing the net. My libero, Maggie Hoff, is critical to our success and took charge on defense, along with many others and all of those consistent passes and digs enabled us to run our offense. Junior Meagan Kelley also came off the bench today and gave great effort at several positions. This was a total team win.”
Kelsey Barton 57 points, 17 aces
Kierra Fillwock 36 points, 2 aces
Olivia Jordan 32 points, 3 aces
Maggie Hoff 32 points, 3 aces
Miranda Baker 27 points, 2 aces
Courtney Nixon 24 points, 4 aces
Jazmin Brann 15
Megan Kohler 10
Varsity record: Niles 13-1-3