By: Mike Williamson, firstname.lastname@example.org
The Dexter volleyball team opened its season at the Legacy Invitational in Brighton Saturday and first-year head coach Liz Palmer really didn’t know what to expect from the squad.
“Due to some scheduling issues, our pre-season scrimmage was canceled so this was our first opportunity to play our varsity unit this season and work out some kinks,” Palmer said. “For our first outing we didn’t end with the wins/loss record we were looking for, but we were able to use this tournament to give all of our varsity players play time and run a series of different lineups.”
The Dreadnaughts went 2-2-1 on the day before falling in the silver bracket semifinals.
Dexter opened the day by splitting with Brighton, taking the first set 25-21. But dropping the second 18-25.
The Dreads then fell to a strong Saline squad 25-11 and 25-18.
Dexter then bounced back to sweep Richmond 25-10, 25-21 to finish 1-1-1 in pool play.
The Dreadnaughts faced Plymouth in the first round of the silver bracket and came away with a 25-9, 25-17 win, before falling to South Lyon in straight sets in the semifinals.
The Richmond game saw Taylor Venuto lead the way with seven kills, while Quinn LaFontaine and Brooklyn Brown had five each. Courtney Sharples had five digs and Beth Ankenbauer four. LaFontaine led the offense with 14 assists, while Sara Scheaffer had 11.
The Plymouth game saw Venuto lead the charge with seven kills and four digs. Ankenbauer dished out 16 assists. Abby Herman picked up five kills, Bizzy Gallagher five assists, Herman, Livvy Mellifont, and Sheaffer three assists each.
“We had our strong moments where everything was working, and we hit some roadblocks where we were able to take a closer look at what we need to focus on more in practice the next week to prepare for our upcoming tournaments,” Palmer said. “We are looking forward to the upcoming season where we have a determined group of six seniors who are wanting to make a winning run this year, and a group of eight talented underclassmen competing for play time to make a difference.”