The Saline varsity volleyball team is on a roll.
Saline (17-7-1 overall, 4-1 in the SEC) went 5-0-1 and won the Mt. Morris Invitational Saturday.
Saline started the day by splitting with Mt. Morris and finished by beating their host in the finals.
Saline coach Lisa Shea said her team will have a big year if it can bring this kind of effort consistently.
“Today was all about ball control, every set with the exception of one we played with the kind of rhythm that we need if we want to be a consistently good team this year,” Shea said,
In pool play, Saline split with Mt. Morris 25-12 and 20-25. Saline was unbeaten the rest of the day, finishing off pool play with victories against Millington (25-12 and 25-9), Richmond (25-14 and 25-4) and Midland Dow (25-14 and 25-18).
In the semifinals, Saline breezed by Hazlet 25-12 and 25-9. In the finals, the Hornets survived a tough opening game against Mt. Morris, 25-23, and then sealed the victory in game two, 25-15.
Kenzie Shand paced the offense with 35 kills and led the team with 17 blocks. Margo Main (28 kills and 5 blocks) and Kara Rogers (25 kills) also helped Saline put points on the board. Jess Wolma had nine blocks to go with her 14 kills. Ani Agbabian had 17 digs and 13 kills. Natalie Sheridan led the team with 31 digs. Sidney Fletcher chipped in with 12 kills.
“Offensively, we continue to get good swings from everyone in our front row and our defense continues to be pretty crisp,” Shea said.
Shea praised the play of Taylor Whitling, who had 132 assists and 13 digs.
“Throughout a long day a volleyball, Taylor Whitling maintained a high level of consistency as our setter,” Shea said.
Shea said she wants to see the Hornets carry the effort over to Tuesday’s home match against Tecumseh.