Cardinal volleyball team clinches share of SVC title

The Onaway High School varsity volleyball team clinched a share of the Ski Valley Conference title Tuesday when it won in straight sets at Bellaire, 25-20, 25-16, and 26-24.

The victory improved the Cardinals’ record on the season to 37-6-3, including a perfect 7-0 in the SVC going into Tuesday’s conference finale at Mancelona. Every other Ski Valley team has dropped at least one match.

SENIOR MIDDLE hitter Sara Fullerton engages in a battle at the net against an opponent. Fullerton uses her jumping and tipping ability to put the ball away for the Cardinals. (Photo by Angie Asam)


“The girls played well,” said coach Steve Watson of his team’s effort against the Eagles. “Bellaire doesn’t make a lot of mistakes and does a good job of keeping the ball in play.

“In the end, though, our attack game was too much for them. As a team, we hit the ball efficiently and effectively, and we did a good job serving at about 95 percent.”

Mariah Ehrke had 10 kills and 17 digs, Devin Bristley had nine kills and 15 digs, Lexi Szymoniak had eight kills and 16 digs, and Sara Fullerton had seven kills, 11 digs, and five aces.

Taylor Ehrke had 27 assists and 11 digs, while Brianna Fitzpatrick and Elise Arkwood had four digs apiece for the Cardinals, who improved to third in the latest Class D state rankings.

The OHS JV dropped its match with Bellaire, 13-25, 18-25, and 15-10. Roxanne Kortman had five kills, Vydailya Letts had seven assists, and Eleana Domke had two kills.