COLDWATER, MI (WTVB) -In high school volleyball Monday night, Coldwater opened state tournament play with a five game victory over Sturgis in the first round of the Class B District being hosted this week by Coldwater. The win advances the Lady Cardinals to the semi-finals to face Vicksburg tomorrow night. Coldwater fell behind early against Sturgis, dropping the opening game 20-25 but they bounced back to take the Trojans in the next two games 25-23, 25-21. Sturgis wasn’t finished yet, staying alive with a 25-18 win in the fourth game before the Lady Cardinals prevailed 15-8 in the decisive fifth game.
Junior Shelby Bowers was our McDonald’s Player of the Match for Coldwater, leading the team in kills with 12 and in blocks with 5. Also, Meghan Schorfhaar had 12 digs and 21 assists. The win improved Coldwater’s season record to 24-16-8 heading into tomorrow night’s 7:30 semi-final match against Vicksburg, which had a first round bye as did the other two teams in the district, Three Rivers and Edwardsburg. They meet in the opening semi-final match at 5 o’clock. We’ll have the Coldwater-Vicksburg match on the radio with our live coverage on AM 1590 and FM 95.5 beginning at 7:15 and we’ll also stream the audio on-line at wtvbam.com. Tomorrow night’s winners will face off for the district title at 5 pm Saturday.
Also in state volleyball tournament action in Branch County, Bronson this week is hosting a Class-C district with a pair of first round matches tonight. In the opener at 5 pm, it’s Bronson vs. Hillsdale followed at 7 o’clock by Mendon against Reading. The winners move on to Thursday’s semifinals to face Quincy and Union City. The district title match is set for 1 pm Saturday. Heading into the tournament, Mendon was number-one in the Class-C coaches poll with Bronson ranked sixth.
Today on the Coaches Corner, we’ll wrap up the Quincy boys soccer season with coach Tim Hart.
In middle school sports yesterday, Coldwater opened its boys basketball season against Sturgis. The Cardinals swept the 8th grade games at Sturgis. Coldwater won the “A” game 35-26 with 13 points, 9 rebounds and 4 steals for Brady Beckhusen. The Cardinals took the “B” game 22-18 with 7 points for Noah Murphy while Adam Bailey and Ethan Wiley each had 4 rebounds and Wiley added 4 steals. In the 7th grade “B” game at Coldwater, the Cardinals defeated Sturgis 25-10. Tyler Scherer and Mohammed Salem had 6 points apiece with 6 rebounds for Scherer and 6 steals for Salem.