This past weekend the Skyline volleyball team played in a competitive tournament hosted by Mercy High School in Warren.
The Eagles played against Utica, Dow, and Lake Orion in pool play.
In the first game of pool play, the Eagles beat Utica High School in two sets, 26-24 and 25-13. In the second game of the morning, Skyline played against Midland Dow. Skyline won the first set 25-16, but lost the second and third set 25-22 and 15-10, respectively.
Skyline played Oxford in the third game of pool play. Skyline came up short, losing both sets 25-22. Skyline advanced to the Gold Bracket and faced Oxford again. Skyline advanced to the semifinals by beating Oxford in two sets, 25-23 and 25-18. In the semifinals, Skyline faced top-ranked Mercy and lost in two sets 25-14 and 25-17.
On Tuesday evening, the Eagles traveled to Adrian High School. Coach Chris Cristian, excited for his team to play, wanted the Eagles to play hard and get out to a fast start. His wish came true.
The Eagles flew out to a 5-0 lead behind the serves of freshmen Harper Murray. Despite Adrian calling a timeout, the Eagles continued to push forward and extend their lead to 12-5. A couple of mishandled balls by Skyline and momentum on the side of the Maple Leafs, Adrian closed the lead to 12-9.
Skyline regrouped and expanded their lead to 18-10, highlighted by a kill and tip from Kendall Murray. Adrian called a timeout but Skyline finished off the Maple Leafs 25-10 with an assist from Stacie Warner to Kendall Murray.
Skyline maintained their dominance in set two.
Adrian erred by serving their first serve out of bounds. Following an ace by Harper Murray and two assist from Warner to Kendall Murray Skyline took a 4-1 lead. Claire Davis followed with two back to back aces to expand Skylines lead 6-1. After back and forth play and both teams making service errors, Stacie Warner served an ace deep in the backcourt putting Skyline ahead 10-2.
Adrian continued to have difficulty with their serve receive and Skyline expanded their lead to 14-6. Skyline had a total of seven aces that were delivered from Harper Murray, Claire Davis, Warner, and McKenna Pfeffer. Adrian also had difficulty serving in game two as they had seven service errors. Skyline won the second set 25-9.
Skyline took a commanding lead in game three as they jumped out to a 10-0 lead, which was highlighted by four aces from Harper Murray, a backwards tip from Warner, and excellent defense from Megan Brummet, Sasha Akuezue, and Pfeffer.
The Maple Leafs struggled the majority of the third game and Skyline’s lead continued to grow as they maintained a commanding 18-3 lead. Skyline was able to keep the Maple leafs off guard as Warner assisted Kendal Murray, Harper Murray, Akuezue, and Davis in consecutive kills.
The Eagles travel to Davison High School this Saturday Sept. 19 for the Davison Tournament. On Tuesday, Sept. 24, Skyline will host Pioneer at 7 p.m.