Hurons finish second in Sault tournament

SAULT STE. MARIE- The Rogers City volleyball team started its season off with a second place finish at the Sault Ste. Marie tournament on Saturday, losing only one match and splitting two.

Rogers City started pool play with Petoskey, Houghton and Escanaba. It faced Petoskey first and won 25-21 and 27-25.

The Hurons then split a tough match with Houghton, losing 27-25 and winning 25-19. It split its third game with Escanaba, falling 25-19 and winning 25-20. The Hurons came in first in their pool.

Rogers City faced Gladstone in the second round, winning 25-4 and 25-19. It then beat Houghton in three games in the semifinals. It won the first game 25-18, lost the second 25-20 and won the tie-breaker 15-11.

The Hurons faced Petoskey in the final, losing the first match 25-23, but forcing the tie-breaker in the second with a 25-21 win. Unfortunately for the Hurons, they fell 15-8 in the third match.

“I definitely felt like it was a good (season) start for us. We have some really strong hitters this year, but we have a new setter so it’s going to take a bit of time to get all the timing issues down,” Rogers City coach Jackie Quaine said. “Our serving was top knotch and I couldn’t have been happier with that.”

The Hurons were led offensively and defensively by Jena Tulgetske with 38 kills and nine blocks. Sarah Meredith contributed 33 kills while Alexa Quaine had 27 kills and 70 digs.

Ally Streich picked up 82 assists as a setter and had a good service day, knocking down 15 aces. Cassidy Purgiel added nine aces.

The Hurons travel to New Lothrop on Thursday.