Niles reaches semifinals at Bronson invite

The Niles volleyball team lost in the semifinals of the Bronson Invitational on Saturday.

Niles (16-17-2) went 2-2 on the day, falling twice to host Bronson, while defeating Sturgis twice.

The Vikings defeated Sturgis 25-10 and 27-25 in pool play and then defeated the Trojans 25-19 and 25-17 in the quarterfinals.

In between, the Vikings lost to Bronson 25-16 and 25-19, Onstead 25-16 and 23-23 and to Bronson in the semifinals 25-22 and 25-8.

Bronson is the defending Class C state champion.

“We are still focusing in daily on finding consistency as a team,” said Niles coach Jenny Nate. “We did a lot of good things today, but we still have a lot to work on.  We have to find a way to maintain consistency and confidence in all aspects of our play.  Bronson runs a very fast offense, and that caused us some trouble.  We did make progress adjusting to the tempo, and we played them much tougher in the first set in semifinals.  We will regroup and continue to prepare for every new match with intensity and focus.”

Abbie Harpenau had 36 kills and three blocks for the Vikings, who also got 26 kills, six blocks and 21 digs from Nikki Nate.

Niles is now 16-17-2 on the season.

The Vikings will host Brandywine (26-2) in a  non-conference match scheduled to begin at 6  p.m. today.

It will also be senior night for the Vikings.

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