Comets claim Chieftain Invite

Published 4:39 am Friday, December 29, 2006

By By SCOTT NOVAK / Niles Daily Star
DOWAGIAC – The Coloma Comets lost just one game in winning the Chieftain Volleyball Invitational on Thursday at Dowagiac Middle School.
The Comets went 7-1 in pool play and then defeated Eau Claire and River Valley in the quarterfinals and semifinals. Coloma then knocked off Battle Creek Lakeview in the championship match.
The Comets reached the title match with a 25-12 and 25-12 win over the Beavers in the quarterfinals and a 25-18 and 25-17 victory over the Lady Mustangs in the semifinals.
In the finals, Coloma defeated Lakeview, 25-23 and 25-20.
Battle Creek advanced to the finals by winning its pool with a perfect 8-0 record. The Lady Spartans then defeated Edwardsburg in the quarterfinals, 25-22 and 25-15. In the semifinals, Lakeview defeated Plainwell, 25-20 and 25-18.
Niles advanced to the quarterfinals before being eliminated by River Valley in three games.
The Lady Vikings fell to the Lady Mustangs, 20-25, 18-25 and 9-15.
Katie Bourbannais led Niles with 22 kills and 11 aces. She also finished the tournament with nine blocks. Maddy Peterek had 21 kills, 38 digs and 43 assists for the Lady Vikings.
Patricia Anton contributed 13 kills, while Karly Kennedy finished with 11 kills, 22 digs and seven aces. Samantha Brawley led the Lady Vikings with 59 digs. Kaylynn Stephenson added 21 digs, while Brittany Wolverton led Niles in blocks with 11. Demi Schrader contributed 22 assists to the Niles statistics.
"We had a very even day at the Dowagiac Invitational with three ties, one win and one loss," Niles coach Linda Goodrich said. "We are still struggling to play to full potential. There are some real bright spots and we show sparks of greatness, but we just are not able to sustain a high level of play.
"Maddy had an excellent all around day and played the best I have seen this year," Goodrich added. "We'll get right back to work in the gym Friday and hope to get some better results in Buchanan next week."
Edwardsburg also reached the quarterfinals before bowing out of the tournament.
Lakeview knocked out the Lady Eddies, 25-22 and 25-15.
Stephanie Koontz finished the tournament with 28 kills and 10 blocks for Edwardsburg, which also got 21 kills and 30 digs from Evie Tafunai.
Christina Hans finished with 15 kills and 22 digs, while C.C. Roberts contributed 61 assists and 25 digs. Chrissy Breisch was credited with 48 digs.
Dowagiac did not advance out of pool play after going 2-6 on the day.
The Chieftains split with Eau Claire, 25-14 and 18-25, and split with Bridgman, 18-25 and 25-20.
Dowagiac was defeated by Battle Creek Lakeview, 20-25 and 14-25; and River Valley, 24-25 and 15-25.
Sarah Shelton led the Chieftains in kills with 13. Dowagiac also got nine kills from Emily Primley and seven kills from Allison Frontczak.
The top servers on the day for Dowagiac were Tasia Diaz, Calie Daniels, Sarah Shelton, Brittany Bruens, Stephanie Barnas and Kathy Lindt.
Buchanan went winless in pool play and did not advance to the playoff round.
The Lady Bucks lost 23-25 and 23-25 to Cedar Springs, lost 24-25 and 19-25 to Edwardsburg, lost 18-25 and 18-25 to Niles, and lost 12-25 and 23-25 to Plainwell.
Pool A
Battle Creek Lakeview 8-0
River Valley 6-2
Bridgman 4-4
Eau Claire 3-5
Dowagiac 2-6
South Haven 1-7
Pool B
Coloma 7-1
Plainwell 5-3
Niles 5-3
Edwardsburg 4-4
Cedar Springs 3-5
Buchanan 0-8
Lakeview d. Edwardsburg 25-22, 25-15
Coloma d. Eau Claire 25-12, 25-12
Plainwell d. Bridgman 25-13, 25-10
River Valley d. Niles, 25-20, 18-25, 15-9
Semi Finals
BC Lakeview over Plainwell 25-20, 25-18
Coloma over River Valley 25-18, 25-17
Coloma over BC Lakeview 25-23, 25-20