SANFORD – The Flying G’s concluded their conference season last Wednesday night with a quad in Sanford. Gladwin went 1-2 on the night to finish fifth in the conference at 5-9. In a statistical anomaly Farwell finished in fourth with a higher winning percentage even though they played three fewer matches than Gladwin.
Gladwin’s first match of the night was with Clare. Coach Tony Wetmore thought that his team was at their best in this match even though they lost by the score of 25-20, 25-23. “This was our best volleyball of the night,” he said. “We were focused and didn’t make a lot of mental errors.
Renae Parrett had 16 digs, 12 kills and eight assists against the Pioneers. Taylor Vasher had four kills and 10 digs. Erin Breault added 14 digs and five kills while Delaney Reynolds had 18 assists and Delaney Conley had nine digs.
Gladwin lost to Meridian in the second match, but came back to take the final match over Shepherd 2-0. “It’s been an up and down season for us,” continued Wetmore. “We played phenomenally against Pinconning, but flat in other matches.” Wetmore mentioned that one of the main concerns at this point of the season is staying mentally sharp. “We can beat most of the teams in the league when we do.”
“We split with every league team, but Beaverton and Clare,” he said. We also played very well against some good teams during the nonconference portion of the season.” Wetmore believes that if his team stays focused and plays consistently they can do well in the upcoming districts. The state tournament starts tonight for Gladwin when they face Chippewa Hills in Standish in the district semi-finals. This game was supposed to be an opening round matchup on Monday, but Ogemaw Heights had to drop out due to a possible COVID exposure.