Trenton and Riverview met on Wednesday night in the first of two Division 1 semi-finals, from District 25 to Gibraltar Carlson. The match would decide which team would play for a district title the next day.
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Trenton got off to a quick start and eventually beat the Pirates 3-0 (25-12, 25-22, 25-21).
In the first set, the Trojans took an 11-4 lead and finished with a 13-point victory.
“I was very impressed with my daughters,” said Trenton coach Jillian Romaine. “They came out loud right out of the door. (Sometimes) we kind of like to have that slow start and then find our way back. To see them do all the things we worked on, (I’m) very proud of them.
Riverview opened the second set with a 5-2 advantage thanks to renewed focus. The Trojans, who finished second in the Downriver League this year, managed to regain the lead at 8-7 and 19-12.
The Bucs scored four straight points to reduce the deficit to three at 19-16 and soon after moved closer to one point at 22-21. However, Trenton took three of the next four points to close things off and took a 2-0 lead in the game.
In the third set, the Trojans led Riverview 11-4, but the Bucs refocused after a timeout and moved closer to one at 16-15. Trenton took nine of the next 15 points to wrap up the set and walked away with the sweep.
“Trenton are a great team overall,” Bucs coach Alyssa Face said. “They can serve, strike, defend and execute their attack very quickly. I wanted a better result on my side, but I wish Trenton the best of luck in their next game. “
The Trojans face Woodhaven Thursday at 7 p.m. for the championship.
In the second semi-final on Wednesday night, Woodhaven faced host Carlson.
The Warriors, who won a Downriver League championship this fall, then beat the Marauders in a 3-0 sweep (25-17, 25-19, 25-14).
“My daughters have worked really hard all season, playing together as a team, they just adapt to whatever throws at them. They communicate very well on and off the field, ”said Woodhaven coach Carie McGauley.
Carlson competed and fought to keep his season alive. On Monday, Carlson beat Taylor in a 3-0 first-round sweep to advance to the semi-finals.
In the first set, Woodhaven took a 15-10 lead. The momentum shifted completely in his direction and the team led up to nine points before closing the opening set, 25-17.
The same continued for the second set. The Marauders grabbed the first set but quickly lost 5-1. Carlson did a late rally to reduce the deficit to three at 22-19, until the Warriors closed the set 25-19.
In the third set, Woodhaven took a 15-6 lead but Carlson returned to the action with a 17-13 lead. With two sets in the books, the Warriors took eight of the following night’s points to wrap up the set and the game.
Although the season has come to an end, Carlson first-year coach Bill Henneman felt encouraged that next year’s team would take one more step towards improvement and achievement of its objectives.
“Tonight I think we’ve pushed them a bit, there’s some progression in what we’re trying to do,” he said. (Woodhaven’s) at the top of the league. We have all the respect in the world for what they do, ”said Henneman.
The Warriors face Trenton in the district championship Thursday at 7 p.m. ET. The two teams met a week earlier, in the DRL Finals, and Woodhaven beat the Trojans to claim the absolute league title for 2021.
Two nights earlier in Carlson, in the quarterfinals, Riverview faced Southgate Anderson and host Marauders faced Taylor High.
Both games were won in straight sets, as the Bucs continued with a 3-0 (25-18, 25-16, 25-11) sweep from Anderson and Carlson won 3-0 (25-11, 25-22, 25 -11) on the Griffons.
In Game 1, Riverview took a 13-7 lead in the first set over the Titans with the help of two kills from Maddie Wieneke and one from Jackie Scheiber.
Soon after, Anderson reduced the deficit to 16-14 with the help of aces Erica Pagac and Grace Piesz. The Bucs have six of the next eight points to climb 22-16. Anderson called with two straight points, including an ace from Gracie Blaskiewicz, but Riverview finished from there, helped by an ace from Megan Reckling.
In the second set, the Southgate group had a 5-3 lead over the Bucs. However, a kill and then an ace from Scheiber gave Riverview a 9-7 lead. Soon after, the Bucs had an impressive run and took a 22-12 lead. With the team up 23-16, Scheiber finished with a kill and an ace.
Riverview dominated the entire course in the third set. The Bucs got two aces from Reckling and one kill from Scheiber and took a 5-0 lead. Claire Zulewski and Riley Philips each have an ace, the latter giving the Bucs a 14-5 advantage. Another ace from Reckling had 20-7 while Scheiber had two big late kills.
In the battle between Carlson and Taylor, the Griffins stayed close to start the first set. However, a 7-5 lead for the Marauders was quickly extended to 14-6 and they rolled from there.
An ace from Carlson’s Halle Evans made it 17-8. After the Griffins scored a point, McKenna Wiseman delivered two aces and scored 20-9. A kill and then an ace from Abby Schenavar concluded the set.
The Marauders took a 4-1 lead early in the second set helped by aces Nadia Papalas and Skylar Zaranka.
Taylor came close to a point, at 8-7, helped by an ace from Alyssa Williamson as well as a kill and ace from Madison Poindexter.
After a victory for Papalas, the Marauders extended their lead to 10-7. But from there, the Griffins won the next two points, including the second after an ace from Breanna Celsi.
Carlson went on to win 10 of the next 14 points. In that stretch, Zaranka served three straight aces while Gloria Llakmani had two in a row and Papalas had another kill.
Taylor responded by winning nine of the next 13 points, helped by an ace from Chloe Grimm, and trailed just 24-22. The Marauders came out of danger by winning the next three points and won 2-0 in the game.
In the third set, the Griffins managed to take a 6-4 lead. From there, Carlson scored 10 straight points and walked away. The hosts got two Wiseman aces in this race. Megan DeSantis had an ace for Carlson down the stretch to help build the dominant lead. With a score of 23-11, Zaranka served two aces and closed the set and match in favor of the home side.