Frankenmuth Varsity Volleyball traveled to Croswell-Lexington for a 17-team tournament and ended their day as the undefeated champions. Winning all twelve sets of the day the Eagles played together as a unified team, executing what had been worked on all week in practice effectively.
First up for the Lady Eagles was Ubly. All eleven healthy Eagles were able to get into the game and make significant contributions to the victory (25-9, 25-6). The Eagles captured 10 aces, 22 kills, 22 assists, 2 blocks and 16 digs during the match. Each of the girls came out on fire and showed immediately that they were ready for a strong day.
Moving to the main gym, the Eagles faced Port Huron next. Lindsey Mertz put up 28 assists, 5 kills, 6 digs and 1 ace during the match. Keri Frahm added 9 kills, 3 blocks, 3 digs and 1 ace while Jackie Weess established 5 kills, 3 digs, and 1 ace. As a team the girls found 7 aces, 9 kills, 5 blocks, 28 assists and 29 digs. Hannah Karwat and Raquel Roy helped out the team with terrific passing allowing the Eagles to play great offense. Frankenmuth beat Port Huron 25-12 and 26-24.
Eagles found Almont to be their next opponent of the day. After giving up a handful of point at the beginning of the match, Frankenmuth was able to find their groove back and defeat Almont 25-17, 25-9. Madison Wiskur held down the back court for the Eagles with 5 digs and 2 kills, followed by Hannah Karwat with 4 digs and 5 aces. Lindsey Mertz added in 21 assists and 4 kills. Keri Frahm put down 5 kills, 2 aces, 2 blocks and a dig. Brayene Benner played great defense at the net for the Eagles finding 3 blocks.
The last game of pool play for the eagles was Richmond. Hannah Karwat and Raquel Roy both dug up 7 balls from the Richmond offense while Mikayla Philp, Lindsey Mertz, and Keri Frahm all found 2 blocks. Keri Frahm and Brayene Benner played tough offense each finding 4 kills while Jackie Weess and Raquel Roy both scored for the Eagles from the end line with 2 aces each.
The Lady Eagles came out of the 17-team pool play seeded #1, being the only team who won each of their 8 sets. Out of the 17 teams, 6 of them made it to the Gold Division of the tournament. Being seeded #1 allowed Frankenmuth to have a bye and the opportunity to watch the teams they would be competing against next.
First up for the Eagles was Brown City, who had just come off of a victory over a competitive L’anse Creuse North. The Eagles were now in the semi-finals, playing best 2 out of 3 sets where the winner goes on to face the winner of the Bad Axe/Croswell-Lexington teams. Frankenmuth defeated Brown City in 2 straight sets, 25-20, 25-19. Brown City was a very competitive team who kept the Eagles on their toes. Frankenmuth executed the skills they had been working on in recent practices and continued to cover and support each other the full play. Madison Wiskur and Jackie Weess each found a serving ace while Keri Frahm and Jackie Weess found 9 and 8 kills respectively. Keri Frahm put up 5 strong blocks for the Eagles while Lindsey Mertz established 25 assists. Hannah Karwat, Jackie Weess and Lindsey Mertz all defended the backcourt for the eagles effectively finding 11, 10 and 8 digs respectively.
After sitting for a while, waiting for CrosLex and Bad Axe to finish their third set, the Lady Eagles would face Croswell-Lexington in the championship game. The girls still had energy and kept their momentum going strong all day, with the final match up being no exception. The Lady Eagles captured the Championship Game in 2-straight sets, 25-22, 25-13. Hannah Karwat held down the Eagle’s defense with 12 digs followed by Madison Wiskur with 7 digs against a very tough CrosLex offense. Lindsey Mertz led the offense with 18 assists in which Brayene Benner put down 5 kills followed closely by Keri Frahm and Mikayla Philp both with 3 kills. Lindsey Mertz also found 4 kills in the match. Mertz and Frahm both had great defense at the net with 3 blocks each followed by Philp and Benner with 2 blocks each. Madison Wiskur found 2 serving aces while Abby Struble and Lindsey Mertz both chipped in with 1 ace each.
INDIVIDUAL TOURNAMENT STATS 9/12/15:
Abby Struble: 2 aces, 2 digs
Alexa Merkiel: 8 kills, 3 digs
Brayene Benner: 21 kills, 8 blocks
Hannah Karwat: 9 aces, 1 kill, 1 assist, 47 digs
Jackie Weess: 7 aces, 24 kills, 1 block, 16 digs
Keri Frahm: 5 aces, 36 kills, 16 blocks, 6 digs
Lindsey Mertz: 7 aces, 16 kills, 129 assists, 22 digs
Madison Wiskur: 6 aces, 5 kills, 5 blocks, 26 digs
Mikayla Philp: 1 ace, 14 kills, 6 blocks, 5 digs
Raquel Roy: 4 aces, 20 digs
Rebekah Gere: 5 kills, 1 block, 4 digs