By Ben Murphy
Harrison hosted Clare, Beaverton and Houghton Lake in a Jack Pine Conference quad on Wednesday night, with the Pioneers going 1-2 and the Hornets going 0-3 on the night.
“Overall tonight the girls went above and beyond on their serving,” Clare head coach Emily Blackbrun said. “One thing that we are pretty consistent on is our serving.”
The Pioneers opened the night with a 25-23 and 25-10 loss to Houghton Lake, then fell to Beaverton 25-13 and 25-13. Clare finished the night with a 22-25, 25-5 and 15-9 win over Harrison.
“It was good to finally get a win under us,” Blackburn said. “Now these girls know that they can do it and the drive and determination is there. Taking four straight losses in a row as you start the conference season isn’t easy on any team.”
Against the Bobcats Becca Fisch and Mackenzie Thayer both had three kills, with Thayer adding three digs. Cassidy Campbell had two kilsl and two digs and Kenzie Humphrey had five assists.
Against the Beavers Laura Walton had four digs, Humphrey had three assists and Thayer had two digs and one kill.
Against the Hornets Thayer had nine kills, two digs and two aces and Humphrey had seven assists.
Sierra Benchley, Campbell, Fisch, Humphrey, Krysten Kruskamp, Alex Rowell and Walton all served at 100 percent.
“Thayer had her night in the spotlight tonight,” Blackburn said. “As long as Humphrey could get her setup Thayer was swinging. She was able to give 110 percent and it paid off for her.”
Harrison meanwhile, took three losses, suffering a 25-6 and 25-11 setback to Beaverton, lost 25-13 and 25-15 to Houghton Lake before falling 22-25, 25-5 and 15-9 to Clare.
“Tonight still was not our night,” Harrison head coach Larry Flemming said. “I would like to say that the other teams were outstanding but that’s not the case. They were all very good but not great, my girls just did not come to play. I have been waiting for them to show up all season. I have a bunch of girls that each have their own talent but I am having a hard time getting them to all show their talent at the same time.”
Katelyn Sherrick led the Hornets with 85 percent serving and added 12 aces, four blocks and passed at 80 percent.
Haley Sulla had 12 digs and Mackenzie Lincoln had eight. Danielle Cullen had two kills and three aces.
“My girls are and will get better,” Flemming said. “My fear is they will never show everybody else what I already know, they do have talent and they can compete.”
Clare (1-7 JPC) plays at the Northwood Invitational on Saturday, hosts Shepherd on Monday and hosts Farwell on Wednesday.
Harrison (0-8 JPC) plays at the Farwell Invitational on Saturday, hosts Meridian on Monday and plays at Roscommon on Wednesday.