Niles, Bucks fall while Bobcats win
STEVENSVILLE — There were mixed results for area volleyball teams Wednesday night.
Niles and Buchanan dropped division decisions to hosts Lakeshore and Bridgman, while Brandywine picked up a BCS Athletic Conference win on the road against Comstock.
The Vikings were defeated by the Lancers 25-21, 21-25, 25-22 and 25-23, while Buchanan lost to Bridgman 25-10 25-19, 25-21.
The Bobcats swept the Colts 25-5, 25-19 and 25-6.
The SMAC West Division match between the Vikings and the Lancers, who have a new coach in Sarah Strefling, as the final score indicates according to Niles coach Jenny Nate.
“We played point for point every set but just couldn’t quite finish,” she said. “It was an exciting match, and I’m pleased with how scrappy we were. We had great energy and hustle. We have to make sure we always stay aggressive offensively and will continue working on that focus.”
Strefling, a former Lancer standout, took over the Lakeshore program after spending a couple of years at Edwardsburg, where she was 1-1 against the Vikings in the state tournament.
Senior Nikki Nate had 13 kills, eight blocks and eight digs for the Vikings, who also got four kills, seven points, two blocks and six digs from senior Zoie Appleberry.
Senior Brianca Pickens led the team with 13 points and four aces, as well as tied for the lead in digs with Cadence Knight with 13.
Grace Florkowski finished with 55 assists and Emma Beckman 45 assists.
The visiting Bobcats made short work of Comstock, which was no match for Brandywine at the net.
Bethany Duval returned to the lineup after missing a tournament and the Bobcats’ BCS match against Berrien Springs last week. Duval was out with an ankle injury. She had 11 kills and three aces.
Kylie Myers also had 11 kills to go with a pair of blocks. Haley Scott finished with six kills and two blocks, while Kristen Alvord had three aces and three kills.
Clara DePriest added 28 assists and two aces to the Bobcats’ totals. Elizabeth Stockdale had 10 assists.
Host Bridgman handed Buchanan its first BCS Athletic Conference loss by defeating the Bucks 3-0.
Buchanan is now 5-8 overall.
Faith Carson, Kylie Boller and Katie Schau all had seven kills, while Josie West led Buchanan with eight kills and six digs. Schau had four digs. Haily Jonatze led the team with nine digs.
The Bucks were also in Bridgman for a BCS Athletic Conference soccer match Wednesday night.
The host Bees outscored the Bucks 6-1 in the second half to pick up the 8-2 victory.
Irvin Cruz scored both goals for Buchanan. Logan Grwinski had an assist.
Jensen Ruelle and Zach Young combined to make six saves for the Bucks.