2017-10-11 / Sports

Lady Tigers grab title at own tourney

Upset Deckerville in finals
BY DALE BALL
SPORTS EDITOR


MacKenzie Falls of the CPS Tigers was a standout at the net, and the rest of the court, for her team in the volleyball tournament at CPS this past Saturday. MacKenzie Falls of the CPS Tigers was a standout at the net, and the rest of the court, for her team in the volleyball tournament at CPS this past Saturday. SANILAC TWP. – An undersized, but scrappy CPS Tigers team put on a strong performance Saturday and snagged the CPS Invitational volleyball championship on their home court.

After going 0-2-1 in the round-robin matches, the Lady Tigers found their stride in the playoffs. They first stopped Peck, 25-23 & 25-13, and then upended favored Deckerville in the championship match, 29-27, 25-23.

“Our team, as a whole, played very well,” praised CPS coach Robin Knoerr. “I think the biggest improvement was in patience. We are typically a good defensive team, but Saturday we also kept the ball in play until circumstances allowed for a good percentage hit.

“Jenna Davis and Danielle Hadd anchored our defense and MacKenzie Falls, assisted by MaKenna Lindley, led our offense. However, every player contributed in the games,” continued Knoerr.


Alliyah Baysdell (13) of CPS goes up for a block during a match against Mayville on Saturday. 
Photos by Dale Ball Alliyah Baysdell (13) of CPS goes up for a block during a match against Mayville on Saturday. Photos by Dale Ball On the day, CPS had a strong, statistical day from Falls, who finished with 27 service points (11 aces), 26 kills, and two blocks. Also serving well were Tori Smith (23 pts, 8 aces), Jenna Davis (20 pts, 10 aces), MaKenna Lindley (20 pts.) and Alliyah Baysdell (11 pts., 7 aces). Lindley, the Tigers’ setter, finished with 48 assists.

Kill leaders, after Falls, were Hadd with 18 and Baysdell with 13. Daelyn Wolschleger came off the bench, into the back row, and added nine serve receptions.

“Beating Deckerville was a major accomplishment for our team. They are always the team to beat,” Knoerr stressed. Then she added, “There was no special key to our win. Teamwork, hustle, communication and patience won the day.”

CPS Tournament

Round Robin scores: CPS/Mayville split (19- 21, 21-17); Deckerville d. Peck (21-18, 21-16); Peck d. CPS 23-21, 22-20); Mayville/Peck split (21- 14, 16-21); Deckerville d. CPS (21-14, 21-13); Deckerville d. Mayville (21-15, 21-18)

Semifinals: CPS d. Peck (25-13, 25-13); Deckerville d. Mayville (21-25, 25-18, 15-8) CPS 3 Mayville 2 (25-16, 20-25, 24-26, 25-15, 15-12)

In an NCTL crossover match on Thursday night, the scrappy Lady Tigers rallied for a victory over the Wildcats.

Falls had a big impact serving and at the net for CPS in the win over Mayville, recording nine service points, including seven aces, and adding 12 kills and two blocks.

More stat leaders were: Lindley 11 points, 19 assists; Davis nine points (6 aces); Baysdell eight points, five kills, three blocks. Tori Smith and Hadd combined for 15 points and five kills.

Caseville 3 CPS 0

(25-19, 25-7, 25-21)

The Lady Tigers fell out of a share of the Stripes Division lead (Sept. 28) in the loss to the Eagles.

Statistically, they were led by Davis with nine service points (3 aces), Lindley 17 assists, Falls nine kills, and Baysdell five kills.

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