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Lady Cardinals volleyball falls in 5 games to Three Rivers, Quincy soccer tops Hillsdale

COLDWATER, MI (WTVB) - In Branch County high school sports last night, in volleyball, Coldwater lost a five game match at home to Three Rivers. The host Lady Cardinals took the first two games     25-20, 25-22, but Three Rivers rallied and swept the next three for the victory 25-19, 25-8,15-12. Shelby Bowers had a team-high 10 kills for Coldwater. Meghan Schorfhaar led the way in digs with 19 while Carlee Smoker had 18 assists. The defeat dropped Coldwater’s record to 12-10-and-8. Tomorrow night, the Lady Cardinals have a SMAC East match at Harper Creek.

There was a split in last night’s reserve matches. The Wildcats beat the Coldwater j-v team 2-1. Shelby Kahler had 8 digs and 4 kills. Breanna Eddy had 3 blocks and Stacy Guzy and Sammie Pool each had 3 aces. Coldwater won the freshman match 2-0. Kaitlyn Gallant had 4 aces, Cassidy Wolff had 2 digs, and Gallant, Allison Butler, and Brooke Lafferty had 2 kills apiece.

Last night in boys soccer, Quincy was a winner on the road, beating Hillsdale 5-3 in an ISL Conference match.  Quincy's Evan Albright scored the first goal of the game at the 36:26 mark off a cross from Jake Rider. The Oriole's second goal came from Rider on an assist from Nick Haberl at 12:36. Jared Hammill then scored off a rebound at the 6:56 mark to give Quincy a 3-0 halftime lead. Rider opened the second half scoring with his second goal of the night on a pass from Albright at the 37:46 mark. Hillsdale started a comeback and closed the gap to 4-2 before Quincy got some breathing room when Daniel Ojeda scored on an assist from Hammill with 1:26 to play. Hillsdale closed out the scoring with 40 seconds left on a penalty kick to make it a 5-3 final. Quincy outshot Hillsdale 16-7 on the night. The Orioles improved to 14-3 overall and 8-2 in the ISL West Division.

Monday in girls golf, Coldwater ended its regular season with an 8th place finish out of 16 teams that played in the Jackson Lumen Christi Titan Invitational at the Country Club of Jackson. With a number of top schools in the state in the field, Coldwater shot a team score of 392. Okemos won the event with a 353 score.  Leading the way for Coldwater was Anna Wendorf with a 92, Jami Maxson had a 96, Emma Dwyer shot a 99, Cecelia Ward carded a 105, and Kait Vella had a 114.  Coldwater will play on Thursday at the Lake Doster golf course in the Division 3 Regional hosted by Plainwell to see who advances to the State tournament.

In boys tennis from over the weekend, Coldwater had a fourth place finish out of 8 teams in Saturday’s SMAC Gold Division tournament in Portage. St. Joseph won the conference championship. Leading Coldwater by placing third in their flights were Derek Sammons at first singles along with the third doubles team of Keagan Dwyer and Nolan Duda. The Cardinals will play Thursday in the Division Three Regional at Sturgis.

On today’s high school schedule, in boys soccer, Coldwater will host Portage Central in their final game of the SMAC Gold Division league tournament. The Cardinals were ranked tenth in this week’s Division 2 coaches poll while Portage Central is honorable mention in Division One. Tonight’s match begins around 6:45 following the j-v game which starts at five o’clock. In volleyball, Quincy hosts Athens, Union City hosts Springport, and Bronson plays in a Gull Lake mini-tournament. And in cross country, Quincy and Union City have a Big 8 jamboree at Jonesville while Bronson runs in a St. Joe Quad at White Pigeon. Today on the Coaches Corner, it’s Quincy football coach Rob Evans.

In middle school sports, in volleyball, Bronson swept a pair of matches at home by 5-0 scores over White Pigeon. In the 8th grade match, Kiana Mayer had 22 kills and 3 blocks while Adyson Lasky had 17 aces. And in the 7th grade match, Kiera Lasky had 22 aces, Jolie Smoker had 5 kills, and Ashton Wronikowski had 5 assists.