|The Lady Eagles stepped up their game significantly from the action last Friday in Bay City. The Eagles posted 5 solid wins, en-route to a Championship matchup with the Mt. Morris Panthers.
Frankenmuth posted a 3-0 record in pool play, defeating Hemlock 25-15, 25-15, downing Ithaca 25-6, 25-4 and Class A Midland Dow 26-24, 25-22. The Eagles overcame a 21-24 deficit in winning the first set 26-24, showing significant fortitude for so early in the season. The championship match with Mt. Morris was tight all the way, with Muth taking the first set 25-23, dropping the second 10-25 before losing a heartbreaker 14-16 in the third. This was very high caliber volleyball for August, and bodes well for clashes to come with Mt. Morris and other state volleyball powers.
Kelsey Baarck lead all Eagle hitters with 46 kills (.212 avg), followed by Shelby Scharrer with 24 kills (.259 avg), Melissa Schoenow with 22 kills (.280 avg) and Maddie Walter with 12 kills (.175 avg).
Lindsey Mertz was pressed into more action than last week, running a 5-1 offense (5 hitters, one setter), resulting in a huge total of 98 assists on the day (.360 avg). Kenzie Sipes chipped in 12 assists, and Kristin Kueffner had 7.
Katie DeGrace lead all Frankenmuth defenders with 46 digs, followed by Kristin Kueffner with 31, Claire Carter with 28 and Lindsey Mertz and Kelsey Baarck each adding 24.
Sydney Bronner had a banner day blocking with a total of 9 (6 solo, 3 assisted), followed by Melissa Schoenow with 4 (3 solo, 1 assisted). Maddie Walter, Brooke Rezmer and Kelsey Baarck each grabbed 2 blocks.
Katie DeGrace provided 13 aces on the day to lead the Eagles, with a total of 61 serves and zero errors. Melissa Schoenow tallied 12 aces, Claire Carter had 6, Kenzie Sipes added 5 and Angie Ritter blasted 4 aces on the day.The 5-1 record on the day pushes the Lady Eagles to 8-2-2 (wins-losses-ties) on the young season, with a Quad looming on September 4 which includes Heritage, Swan Valley and #1 Ranked (Class C) St. Louis.Assistant Coach Mary Dent and I discussed a lineup change, and scripted it in practice yesterday. To say that it worked well would be a huge understatement. We are getting players in positions where they can succeed, and the earlier we stabilize our lineup, the sooner we can ratchet up our performance.