Montague’s Robbie Berg (right) hits the ball over the net while Amari Chalk of Muskegon Heights attempts the block during the Wildcats’ district semifinal victory Thursday night.
MUSKEGON — Montague battled hard to push seventh-ranked Western Michigan Christian in Friday night’s North Muskegon district volleyball final, but the Wildcats couldn’t quite pull the upset.
The Cats lost two tight games early but ran out of steam in game three to drop a 25-22, 25-18, 25-9 decision to WMC to end their season.
Montague blasts Muskegon Heights
MUSKEGON — Montague had no trouble dispatching Muskegon Heights at Thursday’s district semifinal match at North Muskegon. The Wildcats rolled in three games, 25-5, 25-1, 25-7.
Montague fell just a few points shy of a shutout in the second game, as Heights did not manage a point until Montague had scored 20.
Montague rallies to beat Norse in pre-district
MUSKEGON — Facing a two-game deficit and a home crowd backing North Muskegon, the Montague Wildcats decided they didn’t want to end their season just yet.
So the Wildcats rallied, routing the Norse in games three and four before edging them in the decisive fifth game to move on to Thursday’s district semifinal against Muskegon Heights.
The match’s final score was 20-25, 22-25, 25-11, 25-18, 15-12.
Vikings sharp in district semis
SPRING LAKE — Following the District 52 semifinal match against Orchard View, Whitehall Coach Ted Edsall said the goals for his state-ranked Vikings were to “stay sharp and be safe.”
Whitehall, ranked fourth in Class B with a 40-11-2 record, dominated the Cardinals in a three-game sweep.
The Vikings jumped out to early 11-1, 11-2 and 8-2 leads in winning the games, 25-9, 25-7 and 25-11. Even in the third game when Edsall substituted his lineup freely, Whitehall didn’t skip a beat.
Also playing well Thursday was freshman setter, Alyssa Myers, who had 20 assists in the abbreviated night, and junior libero Jenna Pesch who had 11 digs.
Rockets bounced by Grand Haven
GRAND HAVEN — The Reeths-Puffer Rockets faced a tall task Monday evening, trying to defeat a top-notch Grand Haven team in pre-district play. The Buccaneers came in armed with Abby Cole, a Miss Volleyball finalist in the state.
Whitehall wins WMC tournament, Montague 6th
SHELBY — The Whitehall Vikings concluded a long day of volleyball Saturday afternoon the same way they seem to conclude every year at the West Michigan Conference tournament: as league champions.
Whitehall rolled through the tournament without losing a game, sweeping Oakridge, Montague and Mason County Central to claim the tournament and conference title. It’s the fourth year in a row that the Vikings have taken the league championship.
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