The young Chelsea volleyball teams run in the D2 state tournament came to an end Thursday night as a strong Haslett team overwhelmed the Bulldogs in straight sets to claim the district title.
From the start the Vikings kept the Bulldogs on their heals with a strong net game.
Haslett used a big front line that mixed their play with strong spikes to well placed tips to keep the Bulldogs off their game.
The Viking put Chelsea in the hole early scoring the first seven points of the match.
Chelsea would right the ship and cut the lead to 13-10, but Haslett rebounded with four straight points for a 17-10 lead. They would close out the set with six straight points to win 25-13.
The Bulldogs scored the first point of the second set, but Haslett reeled off five straight for a 5-1 lead. The lead grew to 12-5 before the Bulldogs scored two straight to cut the lead to 12-7.
That is as close as they would get the rest of the set as Haslett went on a 13-6 run to close out the set 25-13 for a 2-0 lead.
An already young Bulldog team, lost one of their starters when Ella McGlashen twisted her ankle at the net and was forced to leave the game. She never returned and the Bulldogs had to go deeper into their bench.
Haslett again jumped out to an early lead in the third set 5-1, but a Mya Spadafore block fired up the Bulldogs and they cut the Vikings lead to 8-6 with a Kasey Matusik kill.
The Vikings answered with three straight points to force a Chelsea timeout with an 11-6 lead.
Chelsea appeared to run out of gas as the Viking smelled blood in looking for the sweep.
With a 15-8 lead the Vikings scored the matches final 10 points as the won the third set 25-9.
The young Bulldogs have no seniors on the squad and the tournament run to the district finals helped a lot of the younger players gain some valuable experience for the future. And the future looks bright for Chelsea volleyball.
Photo’s by Mike Williamson