Cardinals volleyball takes second place in Inland Lakes Invitational
INDIAN RIVER - The Johannesburg-Lewiston Cardinals continued their historically great season with a runner-up finish in the Inland Lakes tournament on Saturday.
12 schools were included in the invitational with schools varying in size, but mostly much bigger schools than JLHS. Schools included Alpena, Elk Rapids, Inland Lakes, Johannesburg-Lewiston, Mackinaw City, Oscoda, Petoskey, Pickford, Rudyard, Sault Ste. Marie, St. Ignace, and St. Francis.
During the pool play portion, JLHS defeated Oscoda (25-15, 25-17) and Mackinaw City (25-13, 25-21). The Cardinals would lose to Sault Ste. Marie (19-25, 23-25). Their 2-1 record was good enough to advance them into the knock-out stages as the second seed in their group.
The quarterfinal matchup for JLHS was against Rudyard who earned the top seed out of their group. The Cardinals won that match in straight sets (25-19, 25-18). Grace Baragrey led the way with 8 kills along with Jayden Marlatt who added 5 more. Those two along with great defensive efforts from Delaney Hogle, Serena Hogle, and Emily Crandell, were enough to move into the semifinal matchup.
Elk Rapids would be the team that stood in the way for the Cardinals and a fourth tournament championship appearance this year. JLHS was able to narrowly defeat them in a dramatic three-set match (23-25, 25-18, 15-4).
The Cardinals struggled at first with the size of Elk Rapids on the net, but their well-rounded attack eventually got back into form. Marlatt led the way with a team-high 10 kills, while it was the Hogle sisters and Crandell that stood their ground against the big hitting Elk Rapids team and totaled 21 digs between them.
The championship match was a familiar one for the Cardinals as they once again played Sault. Ste. Marie. This was the second time JLHS matched up against them in a championship match and also the second time they played them that day. This time Sault Ste. Marie was able to get their revenge with a 2-1 victory (23-25, 25-14, 11-15).
Despite the Cardinals outscoring Sault Ste. Marie in the three sets combined, some mental mistakes in key spots put JLHS in a tough spot and they couldn't get another tournament victory. Marlatt once again led the team with 14 kills and Jocelyn Tobias had one of her best matches of the season adding 10 more. Delaney Hogle was very impressive defensively as well with 15 digs and 26 serve receptions.
"Overall, I'm very happy with our performance today," head coach Kristine Peppin said. "We had an off game in pool play but bounced back with vengeance. I consider it a great day for our team and I am proud of their effort."
Johannesburg-Lewiston is in a battle for the conference championship and will play against Bellaire on Tuesday at 6:00 PM.
JLHS volleyball stays red hot with another tournament championship
ST. IGNACE - The Cardinals volleyball team cannot be stopped, as they roll through the St. Ignace Invite and take home their third tournament title this season.
Nine teams competed this past Saturday in the tournament including St. Ignace, Mackinaw City, Inland Lakes, Sault St. Marie, Cheboygan, Boyne Falls, Newberry, Rogers City, and Johannesburg-Lewiston.
In the pool play portion, the Cardinals kept up their winning ways as they took down Boyne Falls (25-4, 25-18, 25-13, 25-17) in two matches. JLHS also defeated Cheboygan (23-25, 25-11, 22-25, 25-9) which was enough to advance them to the semifinal.
Johannesburg-Lewiston faced off against Inland Lakes which was one of the tightest matches the Cardinals have played so far this season narrowly winning each set (27-25, 26-24).
This would then set up an instant classic against Sault St. Marie which took all three sets and extended play before the Cardinals captured a 2-1 tournament championship victory (25-22, 19-25, 23-21).
"Each girl on the team had outstanding contributions and fulfilled an important role in the victories today," head coach Kristine Peppin said. "I can think of moments from throughout the day that each of them shined bright and made a key play at just the right time."
The championship match won't soon be forgotten for the Cardinals as it took an entire team effort and attention to detail to capture their third trophy this year. JLHS has not been tested in tight matches a whole lot this season with most of their wins coming in blowout fashion, so it was important the Cardinals could prove they can win in close games as well.
"I am really proud of their effort and composure at the end of the match," Peppin said. "Our mantra is to go leave it all out on the court and go for the win. More often than not, that attitude pays off and we come away with victories in tight games because of it."
Emily Crandell once again led the serving attack for JLHS with 52 total service points, while Delaney Hogle was a rock defensively tallying 83 service receptions.
Johannesburg-Lewiston was led at the net by Jayden Marlatt who was a major force all day long and would finish with 65 kills and 43 digs which both led the team.
JLHS volleyball continues to steamroll through their schedule and are setting up one of the best seasons in school history. They are now 26-1 on the season and have been very impressive with how each team member has stepped up. The whole roster is playing at an elite level.
The Cardinals season continues next Tuesday against Onaway at 6:30 p.m.
Cardinals dominant season continues with Grayling Invite championship
GRAYLING - The Johannesburg-Lewiston volleyball team has done it again by winning their second invite of the season.
The Grayling Invite was thought to be a major test for the Cardinals as there were 10 teams competing and most of the teams were much bigger than JLHS. That didn't stop the Cardinals from winning in dominant fashion as they have done all season long.
The 10 teams that were involved were JLHS, Gaylord, Grayling, Roscommon, Lake City, Mio, Bellaire, Lincoln-Alcona, Tawas, and Rogers City.
JLHS started off in pool play by winning against Rogers City (25-13, 25-13), Gaylord (25-21, 25-15), and Tawas (25-12, 25-20). The Cardinals then split with Roscommon (17-25, 25-21) to end up as the top seed heading into the knock-out stages.
Johannesburg-Lewiston then went on to defeat Grayling in the semi-final in dominant fashion with a 25-13 and a 25-10 straight-set victory. The win then set up a championship match against Lake City.
The championship match started off with JLHS winning the first set 25-21. The Cardinals then were defeated 8-25 in the second set, but bounced back and defeated Lake City 15-9 in the third set to win the invitational.
Grace Baragrey led the way for Johannesburg-Lewiston with 10 service aces, 53 kills, and 12 blocks which were all team highs.
Delaney Hogle was a key factor defensively for the Cardinals as she recorded a team-high 57 digs.
Another bright spot for JLHS was the play of Autumn Vermilya who had a remarkable 118 assists on the day for the Cardinals and was a vocal team leader throughout the tournament.
"Everyone had to do their part," head coach Kristine Peppin said. "They played outstanding and battled hard. I am really proud of their intensity and their camaraderie. It really came through on the court."
JLHS volleyball is now 19-1 overall and 3-0 within their conference. The Cardinals will look to continue one of the best seasons in school history on Tuesday night at home against Inland Lakes at 5:30 p.m.
Cardinals volleyball takes first place at the J-L Invite Tournament
By Andrew Fish - Petoskey News Review
JOHANNESBURG - Johannesburg-Lewiston volleyball continued to shine in the early season with a first-place finish in the JL Varsity Invite.
The Cardinals dominated right from the first serve as each team in the invite played six matches and JLHS went 6-0 to take the crown. The Cardinals defeated Gaylord St. Mary, Tawas, Ellsworth, Cedarville, and Lincoln-Alcona in the group stage to set up a championship rematch against Tawas High School where they won in straight sets.
The team has now won 11 matches in a row to start the season and won every match in the tournament in straight sets. If that is not impressive enough, the Cardinals also only allowed one team to get to 20 or more points in the entire invitational.
“They have a never-quit attitude,” head coach Kristine Peppin said. “There were some diving plays, followed by girls who were ready to send it over. They were following through and making every situation into offense.