HOUGHTON LAKE – The Beaverton varsity volleyball team won two of three matches Monday in a quad contest with teams from Harrison, Clare and Houghton Lake. The Lady Beavers defeated the Harrison Hornets 26-24 and 25-14, the Clare Pioneers 25-18 and 25-19, but lost to the Bobcats 15-25 and 17-25. In the junior varsity matches, the Beaverton girls beat all three teams going 25-16 and 25-23 over the Pioneers, 25-8 and 26-24 over Houghton Lake, and 25-17 and 25-23 over the Hornets. Standing out for the junior Lady Beavers were Jordan McCallister, who was 28/30 serving with 12 aces; Gabby DiGiovanni with 10 aces; Jordan Spitler with 15 kills and Madison Tremper with 19 digs, according to coach Stephanie Johnston. “We served very well in all three matches and had solid defense, with only a few minor communication issues,” the coach commented. “I wish we would have been more offensively aggressive, but overall we were pleased with our efforts in all three matches,” she added. The Beaverton teams play again tonight at Clare, and at Sanford-Meridian on Monday. Games start with the junior varsity at 6 p.m. followed by the varsity about 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 26 The midweek home court varsity contest with the Roscomon Bucks had the Lady Beavers charging out of the gate with a 25-20 victory that collapsed in the next three sets, 21-25, 14-25 and 17-25. “We outplayed Roscommon in the first set and half of the second set,” said Beaverton coach Steve Evans. Roscommon started making plays and we started making mistakes. We never recovered.” Kayla Balzer had 13 kills in the series, Jasmyn Parker-Urban 26 digs and six aces, Katie Hedrick 11 kills, and Ashton Snyder 24 assists. “When we handle our mistakes well and stay focused we can beat any team in the conference,” Evans commented. The junior varsity contest had the Beavers winning two of three sets, 25-21, 13-25, 17-1. Emilee Grove and Mercedes Parker-Urban each had four kills in the series, Gabby DiGiovanni was 12/13 serving with three aces, and Hannah Hartner was 10/11 serving with three aces.
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