Young Chelsea Volleyball Squad Struggles in Opener

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Madeleine Kennedy spikes down a kill against CSPA. Picture by Mike Williamson

By: Mike Williamson,

A young and inexperienced Chelsea volleyball team had a slow start at the Legacy Invitational in Brighton Saturday going 0-2-2 on the day.

The Bulldogs started quick taking the first set from Cheryl Stockwell Academy 25-20, but the wheels kind of fell off after that.

A slow start put the Bulldogs behind early in the second and a substitution error caused a long delay as the referees tried to figure things out. After a decision was made the Bulldogs never recovered and looked confused the rest of the set, falling 25-10 for a split.

Then they fell to state power North Branch 25-11, 25-19 and finished up pool play with a split against Plymouth dropping the first set 23-25 and winning the second 25-8.

Chelsea faced South Lyon in the silver bracket quarterfinals and fell 25-21, 25-8.

Madeleine Kennedy led the Bulldogs with 18 kills, while Maddie Kemp added 17. Grace Suntheimer dished out 41 assists and Karie Reiber had 23 digs.

“We are a young team with a lot of potential,” first year Coach Erin Dillon said. “Although we face adversity early in the tournament, our team responded and improved as the day progressed.”

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Seth Kinker

Reporter/Digital Media for The Sun Times News

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