Niles volleyball falls to No. 1-ranked St. PhilipsPublished 11:18am Sunday, September 22, 2013
PORTAGE — The Niles volleyball reached the Gold Division of the Portage Northern Invitational Saturday.
The Vikings split with Unity Christian (25-17, 23-25), split with Otsego (25-19, 15-25), but took the top seed coming out of pool play thanks to point differential.
In power pool play, Niles split with Flushing (25-22, 11-25) and split with Three Rivers (22-25, 25-21) to earn the No. 2 seed heading into Gold Division bracket play.
The Vikings took on No. 1-ranked (Division 4) Battle Creek St. Philips in the opening round and was defeated 25-15 and 25-8.
“I am extremely happy with our play today,” Niles coach Jenny Nate said. “Last year we won the Bronze Division and so our goal this year was to make it to the Gold Division and face some of the top teams in the state. I was missing two of my starters today due to taking the ACT, so I had one of my defensive specialists, Courtney Nixon, playing libero and pulled up JV player Holly Walker, who stepped up and both did fantastic jobs filling those shoes.”
Kelsey Barton 20, 3 aces
Kierra Fillwock 19
Miranda Baker 16, 3 aces
Holly Walker 11
Lashonda Greene 7
Courtney Nixon 6
Jazmin Brann 11
Megan Kohler 3
Lexi Smith 1
Holly Walker 19