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Spartans are second at tourney they hosted

Imlay City’s Brooke Medaugh (left) and Amanda Homer (right) react to an incoming shot at Saturday’s Spartan Invitational. photo by Kevin Kissane.
August 29, 2007
TRI-CITY AREA — The Imlay City and Capac varsity volleyball teams claimed a second and did not advance beyond pool play, respectively, last Saturday at the Spartan Invitational hosted by Imlay City High School.

In pool play, Imlay City opened with a 25-16, 25-16 win against Clintondale. That was followed by an 18-25, 25-17 split versus Bloomfield Hills Academy of the Sacred Heart; a 14-25, 25-21 split with Port Huron Northern; and a 25-21, 25-21 victory over Marine City.

Those results netted Imlay City a semifinal round appearance where St. Clair provided their opposition. It was there Imlay City saw to it that their tournament path would continue, registering a 28-26, 22-25, 15-10 triumph.

That meant Imlay City would face Port Huron Northern next for first place.

When the final point hit the floor, Port Huron Northern had prevailed via a 25-19, 30-28 count.

Brynn Bertram's 37-point effort led Imlay City. The Spartans also received points courtesy of Kelsey Bosch (34), Samantha Gilbreth (27), Becky Hummel (17), Alizabeth Caldwell (14), Taylor Lee (10), Emily Druker (five), Brooke Medaugh (four), Amanda Homer (two) and Lindsey Van Dyk (one).

Bosch handled the bulk of Imlay City's playmaking responsibilities that day. She was credited with 78 assists.

Hitting-wise, Caldwell paced Imlay City with 34 kills. Gilbreth (31 kills), Bertram (20) and Krissy Swejkowski (11) made their presence felt as well.

Lee posted the top Imlay City dig output, collecting 39. Caldwell (35 digs), Homer (32), Gilbreth (24), Bosch (19), Van Dyk (16), Medaugh (14), Hummel (nine), Bertram (eight), Druker (three), Alison Gass (two) plus Amelia Velez and Ashley Dockham (one each) supported her performance.

Gilbreth added the best Imlay City solo block total, furnishing nine. Their remaining solo blocks went to Caldwell (four), Gass (two) and Velez (one).

Capac began their tournament run with a 15-25, 25-22 pool play split against Armada. That was followed by a 14-25, 19-25 loss to Lutheran North; a 22-25, 25-17 split versus Lake Orion; and dropped a 21-25, 12-25 verdict to St. Clair.

Sara Tomeo led Capac with seven aces that day. She was backed by Courtney Baldwin (two aces) along with Natalia Santi, Cassie Spencer, Charlotte Clark, Laura Pewinski, Brittany Friedenstab and Ashley Mousseau (one each).

Friedenstab was Capac's offensive catalyst. She finished with 34 assists.

Santi (18 kills) proved Capac's most lethal net weapon. Tomeo and Frieden-stab (nine kills apiece), Baldwin (four) plus Spencer and Clark (one each) supported her performance.

From a defensive standpoint, Abby Aguinaga paced Capac with 26 digs. Their remaining digs went to Tomeo (18), Megan Beischer, Santi and Friedenstab (11 apiece), Mousseau (seven), Pewinski (four), Spencer (three) along with Jamie Green and Baldwin (one each).

Blocking-wise, Tomeo (one solo and six assists) notched Capac's best numbers. Clark (six assists), Friedenstab (one solo and four assists), Santi (four assists) and Baldwin (three assists) followed.

With Saturday's results, Imlay City goes to 3-1-2 overall. Capac is now 0-2-2 for the season.

Sports Editor, Kevin Kissane has been covering sports for the Tri-City Times for over 20 years and is one of the most recognizable personalities in the area. Kevin when not covering anything from little league baseball to football, or softball to basketball, can be found on the links playing his favorite sport, golf.
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