Elks, Gladiators to meet for volleyball district title

November 5th – TRAVERSE CITY – A surprise trip to Traverse City didn’t surprise Elk Rapids too much.

The Division 3 semifinals, to be hosted by Glen Lake, were hastily rescheduled to Traverse City Central after COVID-19 precautions at Glen Lake Community Schools canceled classes on Thursday and Friday.

Elks head coach Connie Gorno said she received confirmation of the venue change Thursday morning and needs to contact all Elk Rapids players and their parents quickly about a change in bus time.

The Elks then outperformed Glen Lake 25-23, 25-21, 25-18 – and rallied back in the first set of 22-15 to claim their third win over the Lakers of the season. Elk Rapids (24-18-5) plays Traverse City St. Francis in the District Noon Championship on Saturday back at TC Central.

“We’re pretty lucky for the side of the bracket we have,” said Gorno. “Hats off to Glen Lake. You are a great team. That prepared us well for our game against St. Francis on Saturday.”

The Elks lost to St. Francis in the TC West tournament earlier in the season, but they beat the Gladiators in three games in the Lake Michigan Conference two weeks ago.

The Elks were picked up Thursday by Logan Reasoner (16 kills), Lili Hoberg (nine kills, nine digs), Ava Knight (five kills, two digs), Bri Roberts (four kills, four blocks, 13 digs), Nevada Molby (two Kills, three blocks), Alena LaPointe (four aces, four digs), Grace Mischel (22 digs, 33 serve receptions) and Ryleigh Yocom (three aces, two kills, seven digs, 38 assists).

“They really play as a cohesive unit,” said Gorno.


TC St. Francis 3

Mancelona 0

Traverse City St. Francis def. Mancelona 25-14, 25-16, 25-7.

St. Francis: Gwyneth Bramer kills 11; Alexis Ochab 5 kills, 6 aces; Campbell Domres 4 kills, 4 aces; Garnet Mullet 5 kills, 3 aces; Maggie Jarema 3 kills, 1 block; Avery Nance 29 helps; Emily Erhardt 6 excavations; Avenue Shepherd 5 excavations.

UP NEXT: St. Francis (15-19-4, 5-2) will play in the district finals at Traverse City Central High School on Saturday lunchtime.

The story goes on

Cadillac 3

Kingsley 0

Cadillac outperformed Kingsley 25-11, 25-5, 25-9 to win the Vikings’ 16th consecutive district championship.

Cadillac (40-11-1): Renee Brines 24 assists, 6 digs, 5 kills, 3 aces; Joslyn Seeley 8 kills, 6 digs, 1 ace; Julia Jezak 12 throws, 2 assists, 1 ace; Mady Smith 11 digs, 3 aces, 2 assists, 1 kill; Carissa Musta 6 kills, 3 blocks; Caliey Masserang 6 kills, 1 block.

UP NEXT: Cadillac awaits the winner from Sault Ste. Marie and Cheboygan in Regionalliga 2 will play at Alma on Tuesday.

Gaylord SM 3

Central lake 1

Gaylord st mary def. Central Lake 25-16, 19-25, 29-27, 25-20 to win a district title, which awards the program after 20 years without a consecutive championship.

Gaylord St. Mary: Marilyn Harbin 4 kills, 35 digs, 2 aces; Ava Schultz 18 kills, 18 digs, 6 blocks, 3 assists, 1 ace; Sydney Grusczynski 2 kills, 27 digs, 15 assists, 2 aces; Macey Bebble 4 kills, 13 digs, 9 assists, 1 ace; Clover Hamilton 2 kills, 15 digs, 2 aces; Caroline Gilling 6 kills, 17 excavations, 1 ace.

UP NEXT: The Snowbirds will play either Mio or Midland Calvary Baptist in the regional semifinals on Tuesday at Buckley High School.

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