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Clare spikers lose in 4

By Ben Murphy

Clare couldn’t pick up a non-conference volleyball win Monday night, suffering a four set loss to visiting Standish-Sterling. The Panthers edged the Pioneers by scores of 25-19, 25-20, 22-25 and 26-24.

“We played hard tonight, all games were close,” Clare head coach Emily Blackburn said. “We need to learn the mental part of how to finish a game.”

The Lady Pioneers had four players serve perfectly on the night.

“Blythe Vanbuskirk, Laura Walton, Kenzie Humphrey and Sierra Benchley all served 100 percent tonight,” Blackburn said. “I am proud of these girls.”

Cassidy Campbell had six kills, Walton had five kills and Becca Fisch had seven aces. Kenzie Humphrey had 12 assists and Walton added four digs.

“Tonight was our DIG PINK rally for breast cancer awareness,” Blackburn said. “These girls played for breast cancer awareness, I am glad they got a win in even if it was just one game. They may not have won the volleyball match but these girls did win in my mind with their fundraising skills. Along with the Clare middle school volleyball program these girls together were able to raise $2,500 for breast cancer. That is the real winner in tonight’s game.”

Clare (1-7 Jack Pine Conference) played at Gladwin on Wednesday, hosts Roscommon on Monday and plays at Meridian on Wednesday. All three are JPC contests.

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