Allen Park volleyball overtakes Gibraltar Carlson in league opener with PHOTO GALLERY – The News Herald

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Allen Park and host Gibraltar Carlson took to the court on Tuesday night to kick off the 2022 Downriver League volleyball season.

Allen Park Volleyball Photo Gallery in Gibraltar Carlson

As Carlson won the first set of the evening, the visiting Jaguars reacted strongly and took a 3-1 victory (27-29, 25-12, 25-18, 25-10).

The contest featured two teams who both finished 2021 with a league winning record.

For Allen Park, Alana Hardin finished with 20 kills and Bailey McCalister contributed seven kills in the victory.

Skylar Zaranka of the Marauders came away with nine kills and Emma Ferguson had 19 assists and eight digs. Additionally, Gloria Llakmani had two kills and 10 digs.

Late in the first set, a McCalister kill gave the Jags a 24-23 lead. Carlson got the next point, which meant the game would be decided by over 25 points.

Frank Wladyslawski – MediaNews Group

Gibraltar Carlson’s Abby Schenavar (12) kicks the ball over the net on Tuesday night during her side’s match against visiting Allen Park in the Downriver League opener. The host Marauders won the first set but then suffered a 3-1 defeat. (Frank Wladyslawski – MediaNews Group)

With a 28-27 lead, Abby Schenavar of the Marauders pulled off the winning shot, much to the delight of the home fans. Overall, both teams had the support of a loud and proud student section throughout the contest.

In the second set, Allen Park was able to pull away early.

Two aces and a kill from McCalister, along with two aces from Sam Sizemore and a kill from Hardin, helped guide the Green and White to an 11-4 lead.

An ace from Brooklyn Roldan of the Marauders cut his team’s deficit to 11-6. However, Allen Park scored the next seven points and went up to 11, helped by two aces from Katelyn Stetz. The Jags continued to dominate and eventually wrapped up the set with a 13-point win.

Tuesday night’s third set was tied for much of the way.

With Carlson down by one point, an ace from Roldan tied the game at 11-11. Eventually the Jags pulled away and a big Hardin kill extended their lead to 22-18. From there, the visitors scored the next three points and took a 2-1 lead in the game.

Allen Park’s momentum continued in the fourth set and the team took a 10-3 lead, capped by an ace from McCalister. The Jags kept rolling and at the end of the set got two more aces from Sizemore and a kill from McCalister. Leading 24-10, Hardin came on and drilled the ball for her 20th kill of the night and ended the set and the match.

Allen Park is scheduled to return to action on Tuesday, September 20 and will face league foe Lincoln Park at home. Two nights later, the Jags will visit Woodhaven, which is the defending league champion.

The Marauders are expected to continue league play Thursday at home against Taylor High. Carlson travels to Erie Mason on Monday September 19 for a non-league match and he will return to DRL action the following day at Southgate Anderson.

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