ROSCOMMON – Gladwin traveled to Region 6 last week for three matches. They played at Roscommon on Tuesday and Houghton Lake on Thursday. The pace of the season should pick up soon now that the Governor has lifted the Executive Order that prevented our Gladwin County teams from hosting events and playing elsewhere in Mid Michigan.
The Flying G’s split their two matches in Roscommon losing to Alma 2-0 and beating Roscommon 2-1. They fell to Houghton Lake 3-0. It was an “up and down week,” said Coach Tony Wetmore. They were not happy with the losses, but said that they did show improvement in a couple of areas. “We cut down on the number of free balls sent and increased our attack rate.” He feels that this was a big step forward and will help them be more competitive. The improvement was apparent even between the first and second game last week with Alma when the G’s came out more aggressively and held the lead late in the game.
Gladwin continued their aggressive play in the second match against Roscommon attacking at that rate was double that of the first match. Taylor Vasher had nine kills against the Bucks. Renae Parrett added five and Chloe Kokotovich four. Kokotovich and Parrett each had two blocks in the match. Delaney Reynolds, Parrett and Kokotovich had two aces a piece. Avery Miller had 13 assists while Vasher and Delaney Conley each had seven digs.
Vasher had 17 digs against Houghton Lake. Kokotovich added 12 kills and four aces. Erin Breault had 13 digs and Parrett had 11. Both girls had five kills. Miller led the team with 12 assists Reynolds added nine.
Lifting of the Executive Order also allows the volleyball teams to finally begin practicing inside. Getting back in the gym will help introduce some normalcy that has been missing since last season. Wetmore said both he and the girls are looking forward to it. Practicing in the gym will also allow them to focus on some of the small details that are difficult to simulate on grass. Something else the Flying G’s will be working on is generating energy in a nearly empty gym. The girls feed off of their boisterous crowd, something that has been missing so far this year.
“We had moments or flashes where I can see our game plan coming together, but weren’t consistent enough to make it happen the whole time,” said Wetmore. “I have faith in the girls that we will be running on all cylinders soon.” This could turn out to be a big week for Gladwin. Getting into the gym on Wednesday is huge, but equally as big is their opponent on Friday night. They travel to Beaverton to face the defending Jack Pine Conference champs in the first conference game of the season. The teams will square off around 7:30 p.m.