Hurons top Cards in hard-fought final

Both Rogers City and Onaway fans represented their schools well at the district finals. Here the Huron fans storm the court after Rogers City won the match. (Photos by Richard Lamb)
Both Rogers City and Onaway fans represented their schools well at the district finals. Here the Huron fans storm the court after Rogers City won the match. (Photos by Richard Lamb)

The fans  got what they were hoping for as the Hurons and Cards gave their all on the volleyball court Friday in Hillman. Rogers City won the match 19-25, 25-9, 23-25, 25-19, 15-11 to take the district title.

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Needing to with the last two set, after falling down 2-1, coach Jackie Quaine’s team did just that, coming from behind in both the fourth and fifth set. Rogers City trailed 10-9 in the fourth,  set before rallying for five straight points. The play at the net of freshman Taylor Fleming and senior Sarah Meredith gave Onaway trouble.

Taylor Ehrke slips a shot by the outstretched hands of Taylor Fleming and Sarah Meredith.
Taylor Ehrke slips a shot by the outstretched hands of Taylor Fleming and Sarah Meredith.

In the deciding set, the Cards went up 9-5 on an ace from Taylor Ehrke, but that would be their last lead. A tip from Ally Streich and a missed attack from Onaway came before two kills from Fleming to tie the score. Then Streich set up Meredith for a smash down the middle to take the lead. Freshman Jayna Hance’s continued at the service line, delivering two aces forcing Onaway coach Steve Watson to call time out.

Sarah Meredith drilled the winning point through the Onaway defense. The Cards, which advanced to the Class C final four last season, had their season come to an end.
Sarah Meredith drilled the winning point through the Onaway defense. The Cards, which advanced to the Class C final four last season, had their season come to an end.

Streich’s block of an attack got point 13 for the Hurons and Streich set up Fleming’s kill for point 14. Hance’s next serve went wide, but Meredith’s kill from left hitter on the ensuing Onaway serve iced the set and match for Rogers City. The Hurons now play in Tuesday’s regional at Mackinaw City. The regional final is Thursday at Mackinaw City. The regional winner plays the following Tuesday at Manistique.