COLDWATER, MI (WTVB) - In Branch County high school sports, last night in volleyball, in the action you heard on the radio, Coldwater opened state tournament play with a 3-to-0 first round win at home over Holt. The victory for the Lady Cardinals over the Rams sends them to the semi-finals of this Gull Lake Class-A district with a match tomorrow night at Gull Lake against the host Blue Devils, the top ranked team in the state.
The Coldwater win last night came by scores of 25-7, 25-14, 25-18. BreeAnn Spangler and Lauren Outwater shared team-high honors in kills with 9 apiece while Spangler led the way in digs with 12. Outwater also had a team high 4 blocks and was our McDonald’s Player of the Match.
Janie Marso paced the Lady Cardinals in assists with 18. The outcome spoiled a homecoming for Holt coach Kellie Sweitzer, who graduated in 2000 from Coldwater High.
After last night’s match, we got a scouting report on Gull Lake from Coldwater Coach Gene Pensari…
Coldwater’s record on the season is now 44-7-and-2. Gull Lake advanced to the semi-finals with their 3-to-0 win last night over Battle Creek Lakeview. In the other bracket, it will be Battle Creek Central vs. Mason.
Central drew a first round bye while Mason last night beat Jackson High. Coldwater will play in tomorrow night’s second semi-final match with a scheduled start time of 6:30 following the opening match set for five o’clock.
Once again, we’ll have the Lady Cardinals on the radio with our live coverage from Gull Lake on AM 1590 and FM 95.5 beginning at 6:15. The title match will be on Saturday morning beginning at 10 a.m.
Meanwhile, there’s state volleyball tournament action tonight for the other Branch County schools with the semi finals of the Union City Class-C district. In the first match at six o’clock, it’s Quincy vs. Reading while the second semi-final scheduled for seven o’clock has Union City taking on Bronson. The championship will be decided tomorrow night starting at seven o’clock.
Today on the Coach’s Corner, it’s our final look at Bronson football with Coach Jeff Gallup.