Niles wins sixth straight tournament
Published 8:50 am Monday, October 17, 2016
Niles swept through the Kalamazoo Loy Norrix Invitational to win its sixth straight tournament championship Saturday.
The Vikings (37-3-4) went 5-0 as they defeated Comstock 2-0 and Galesburg-Augusta 2-0 in pool play before knocking off Decatur 2-0 in the quarterfinals.
Niles beat Kalamazoo Hackett 25-17 and 25-15 in the semifinals and then swept the host Knights 25-12 and 25-15 in the championship match.
“My girls are playing harder than they have all season,” Niles coach Jenny Nate said. “They know that this is a critical time of the season and that they are really going to have to dig deep and continuously step up their play and teamwork. They did exactly that today. I had 13 players contributing to the wins today and whoever was on the court had the rest of their teammates cheering them on. Their chemistry is awesome.”
Niles continues a busy stretch of volleyball as it hosts Lakeshore in a key SMAC West Division match Wednesday before heading to St. Joseph for another invitational this weekend.
“I’m looking forward to watching them continue to turn it up and work hard heading into the week when we host Lakeshore for our Senior Night on Wednesday (our final SMAC Conference match of the regular season) and head to the St. Joe Tourney next Saturday.”
The Buchanan team went 2-1 at the Loy Norrix Invitational Saturday.
The Bucks defeated Kalamazoo Hackett and Decatur in pool play, but lost to Hackett in the quarterfinals.
Buchanan is now 37-6 on the season.
LOY NORRIX INVITATIONAL
Niles match results
Niles d. Comstock 25-17, 25-14.
Niles d. Galesburg-Augusta 25-13, 25-15.
Niles d. Decatur 25-13, 25-12.
Niles d. Kalamazoo Hackett 25-17, 25-15.
Niles defeated Loy Norrix 25-12, 25-15.
Carly Barton 29 points, 7 aces
Bre Love 29 points, 1 ace
Bianca Pickens 29 points, 3 aces
Lexi Smith 23 points, 3 aces
Bella Rasler 15 points, 4 aces
Nikki Nate 5 points
Peyton Cavanaugh 5 points
Madison Cavanaugh 4 points
Bella Rasler 68
Lexi Smith 40
Abbie Harpenau 17
Megan Kohler 10
Nola Wallace 7
Carly Barton 6
Megan Kohler 8
Abbie Harpenau 8
Nola Wallace 7
Bella Rasler 3
Carly Barton 2
Lexi Smith 1
Bre Love 33
Bella Rasler 31
Lexi Smith 24
Carly Barton 16
Bianca Pickens 13
Carly Barton 81
Varsity record: Niles 37-3-4.
Buchanan match results
Buchanan d. Kalamazoo Hackett.
Buchanan d. Decatur.
Kalamazoo Hackett d. Buchanan.
Alex Tobler 5 aces, 45 kills, 18 digs
Anna Tobler 2 kills, 1 dig
Liz Kuntz 19 kills, 4 blocks, 6 digs
Taylor Reed 5 aces, 15 digs
Ali McClaran 2 aces, 8 digs
Andrea Bair 1 ace, 2 blocks, 7 kills, 5 digs
Madison Schau 3 digs, 4 kills, 2 blocks
Britta Mollberg 2 aces, 68 assists, 2 blocks, 7 kills, 10 digs
Megan Adkerson 6 kills, 3 aces, 9 digs
Varsity record: Buchanan 37-6.