By: Seth Kinker, firstname.lastname@example.org
The Manchester Girls Volleyball team traveled to Grass Lake on Sept. 25 to take on the Warriors in a Cascades conference clash. Manchester would sweep the Warriors in consecutive sets, 25-18, 25-11, and 25-18.
In the first set, the game was tied early at seven, the Manchester would go on a 12-5 run to force a Warrior timeout leading 19-12. The Warriors made a late push but senior libero Kate Pohs had the set winning serve to win set one 25-18.
Manchester would take a quick set two 25-11 after being tied early at four.
In the third set, the game was again tied early at seven. This time the Warriors took the lead out of the timeout outscoring Manchester 3-1. After being tied at 13, the Lady Dutch ended the game on a 12-5 run.
Senior Jayden Humphrey led the team with five aces (all during the second set) and nine kills. Three players; seniors Avery Collins, senior McKenna Good, and junior Kayla Engel had two blocks. Sophomore Kayla Ridenour had 21 assists to go along with three kills and Pohs added six digs as well.
That win makes five in a row for Manchester dating back to Sept. 17 and head coach Trisca Beasley is happy with the teams’ performance.
“It’s finally good to see some consistency, getting my point across that I want them to swing hard, not just tipping that thing,” said Beasley. “It makes a difference. We gotta swing that’s our strong suit. We’ve been doing that. They’re learning to perform as a group. It’s nice to see them come together as a team.”
Manchester sits atop the Cascades conference and is ranked No. 4 in the state in division four.
Pictures by Mike Williamson