By: Seth Kinker, firstname.lastname@example.org
The Manchester Lady Dutch Volleyball team had two contests last week. First traveling to a quad at Napoleon on Wednesday, Aug. 22 at Napoleon High School before taking place in the Airport Volleyball Invitational on Saturday, Aug. 25.
On Wednesday, the Lady Dutch went 3-0, defeating Madison (21-23, 25-20,25-14), Onsted (25-12, 24-22), and Napoleon (26-7, 25-12). Senior outside hitter Jayden Humphrey led the way with 33 kills through the three matches, junior Kayla Engel had 23 kills, and senior Avery Collins added 11.
Collins (7) and sophomore Kayla Ridenour (6) led the team in aces, Humphrey and senior McKenna Good led the team with four blocks apiece. Ridenour also had an impressive 65 assists, averaging out to 22.7 per game.
Five players, Collins (14), Humphrey (10), senior Alyssa Darr (17) Engel (18) and Ridenour (16), also over ten digs.
On Saturday, the Lady Dutch traveled to Airport High School for the Airport Invite.
They placed second at the Invite, finishing behind the host Airport Jets.
In pool play, the Lady Dutch emerged unscathed going 3-0 against Airport (27-26, 25-23), Belleville (25-13, 25-21), and Dearborn (25-20, 27-26) earning a number one seed for bracket play.
The Lady Dutch defeated Cranbrook (25-12, 25-8), then Pinckney (26-24, 25-17), before falling in the championship game in a rematch vs. Airport (22-25, 13-25).
Four members of the Lady Dutch had double-digit kills, Collins (15), Humphrey (20), Darr (10), and Engel (16).
Missing a couple players due to injury with more nursing injuries while still playing, head coach Trisca Beasley was encouraged by the teams showing.
“We know we have some weaknesses,” said Beasley. “It’s good for the girls to see teams they don’t know, hopefully we can start coming out and play our game instead of theirs. An overall good start to the season, I expect us to continue to get better.”