Indians beat Airport for district title, fall to New Boston Huron in regional
This year’s Michigan High School Athletic Association Class B district final in Adrian on Saturday, Nov. 3, swung back and forth through five matches before Tecumseh claimed the title with three out of five wins against Carleton Airport.
Tecumseh opened with a 25-19 victory but Airport knotted the match with a 25-21 win in the second set. The two teams again traded wins with the Indians winning the following match in dominating fashion (25-9) while Airport edged the Indians 25-20 to tie the match again and force a fifth and final match.
Tecumseh won match five 15-5 to claim the district title.
In the semifinal on Thursday, Nov. 1, the Indians defeated Monroe Jefferson with three straight wins (25-12, 25-13, 25-17).
To open the tournament on Tuesday, Oct. 30, the Indians came from behind to beat Adrian. The Maples opened with a big 25-11 victory and followed with another, winning match two 25-14. But Tecumseh remained poised and came back with three straight wins of 25-20, 25-13 and 15-9 to end Adrian’s season.
Tecumseh’s leaders against Airport in the title final included Jessica Benedict (45 assists), Laurie Wolf (20 kills, 3 blocks), Hannah Galloway (13 kills, 7 blocks, 10 digs), Morgan Skelton (served 29-29 with 21 points, 4 aces), Jordyn Norkey (17 digs, served 27-27 with 19 points) and Mckenzie Rowe (10 digs).
The Indians’ leaders against Monroe Jefferson included Galloway (11 kills, 6 blocks, served 16-16 with 11 points, 2 aces), Norkey (13 kills, 3 blocks), Sam Root (8 digs), Benedict (31 assists, 3 blocks), Kayla Kormos (7 kills, 3 blocks) and McKenzie Rowe (served 13-13 with 9 points).
Leading Tecumseh to a win over Adrian were Galloway (21 kills, 9 blocks), Rowe (13 digs), Norkey (29 digs, 12 kills), Benedict (42 assists, 12 digs), Kormos (served 18-18 with 12 points, 4 aces) and Skelton (served 18-19 with 11 points, 2 aces, 7 kills, 11 digs, 6 blocks).
Tecumseh (32-18-4 overall) played New Boston Huron at Livonia Ladywood in the regionals on Tuesday, Nov. 6, and finished its season after losing three matches to one (15-25,19-25, 26-24, 19-25).
Leaders included Galloway (16 kills, 8 blocks), Benedict (32 assists), Norkey (19 digs, 7 kills) and Wolf (9 kills, 7 blocks).