Every team entered in the Annual County Tournament tumbled under the pressure of Tecumseh’s varsity volleyball team at Adrian High School on Saturday, Oct. 15, as the Indians went undefeated to win their second consecutive title.
In pool play, Tecumseh easily defeated Britton-Deerfield (25-3, 25-6) as a warm-up for the day and followed with quick wins over Sand Creek (25-9, 25-11) and Blissfield (25-13, 25-14).
After advancing to quarterfinals, the Indians pounded Lenawee Christian (25-14, 25-10) to face Onsted in the semifinal.
It took the Indians three matches to defeat Onsted (21-25, 25-18, 20-18) but they finished out the day with wins of 25-22, 25-17 in the championship final against Adrian.
Tecumseh’s Kelsey Berrington (52 digs, 64 kills) and Carly Tillotson (116 assists, served 71-76 with 56 points, 21 aces) were each named to the All Tournament Team.
Other team leaders for the Indians (43-1-1 overall, 10-0 SEC) included Hannah Galloway (15 blocks, 24 kills), Jordyn Norkey (41 digs, 10 blocks, served 68-69 with 51 points, 18 aces) and Sam Diehl (19 kills).
Clinton went 2-1 in pool play, defeating Hudson (25-13 25-12) and Morenci (27-25. 25-15) before falling to Madison (14-25, 9-25).
After being seeded No. 5 out of pool play, the Redskins (21-15 overall) defeated Hudson 25-13, 29-27 but fell 17-25, 25-16, 11-15 against Onsted.
Overall, I felt we had a good day, just mental mistakes cost us the win against Onsted,” said Clinton coach Samantha Mercy. “They are a good team and never backed down.”
Haley Mercy recorded 55 service points, 11 aces, 71 assists and 48 digs for Clinton while Haylee Hoelzer added 38 service points, four aces and 24 kills. Clinton’s Morgan Sevenish finished with 35 service points and 19 digs: Keely Quiring, 27 service points and seven aces; Rachel Cornish, 20 kills and 10 blocks; Abi Clark, 15 kills and 35 digs; Bailee Brooks, 36 digs and Leigha Sanborn, eight blocks.
Tecumseh’s Jordan Norkey (14) and Hannah Galloway (9) helped the Indians go undefeated to defend the County Volleyball Tournament title at Adrian on Saturday, Oct. 15. Photo by Mickey Alvarado.