Hornets Untouchable in Home Tournament Victory

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 10/06/2013 - 03:58

Saline was undefeated six matches, defeating H.H. Dow in the championship to win its own tournament Saturday.

Saline was down 24-22 in the opening set of the championship but came back to win 27-25. Saline controlled the second set from beginning to end, winning 25-16.

After losing to Bedford Tuesday, Saline coach Kenny Seiler he wanted his team to stay focused and intense during the entire tournament.

“There weren't any mental let ups or blown defensive positions. Against Bedford we were way out of position too many times. Today we did a good job of it,” Seiler said. “The points we gave up today were earned points.”

Senior Taylor Whitling said the team was prepared to bounce back.

“We practiced hard all week. We knew it was going to be tough competition today so we prepared ourselves and we did really well,” Whitling said.

The Lady Hornets were undefeated in pool play, defeating Grosse Pointe South (26-16 and 25-22), Ann Arbor Greenhills (25-12 and 25-15), and Southgate Anderson (25-16 and 25-6).

In the quarterfinals Saline defeated Grosse Pointe South (25-20 and 25-15). The Hornets defeated Milford in the semifinals (25-8 and 25-14). Last time Saline played Milford, the Hornets were down 22-11 and rattled off 14 straight points to win.

In the championship, Saline faced a Down team with several 6-foot hitters. The two teams went back and forth the entire first set. There were eight lead changes during the game. But Saline took the lead when it mattered most. Jess Wolma's block fell on Dow's floor and Saline won the set.

Saline had been down 24-22. A block by Kara Rogers and a Dow shot into the net tied the score at 24. Dow went back up 25-24. Rogers tied it up with a kill and then Saline went up 26-25 on an errant Dow shot. The Hornets won it on Wolma's block.

Saline was never behind in the second set. Up 9-5 with Ani Agbabian at the service line, the Hornets went on a six-point run to pull away. Angela Szuminski had seven kills in the final set

“We finished. We got behind in the finals but then once we pulled ahead, we finished,” Seiler said.

Seiler said Margo Main was swinging hard Saturday.

“She was awesome today. I bet she had almost 50 kills,” Seiler said.

It wasn't just Main. The Hornets got contributions from the entire team Saturday.

“We're really, really deep. And someone new steps up every game. That's how you win'em,” Seiler said.

The offense runs through Whitling, the senior setter. Whitling said she's never had so many weapons to choose from.

“There's not a weak link out on the court ever. It's awesome. That helps me tremendously because I know that whoever I pass to has the ability to score,” Whitling said.

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