2018-09-13 / Sports

Bears top Eagles at home


Nearing the end of the long home stretch, the Big Bay de Noc Black Bears hosted the Soaring Eagles from Hannahville Tuesday night. The Bears took the match 3-1. Pioneer Tribune photo Nearing the end of the long home stretch, the Big Bay de Noc Black Bears hosted the Soaring Eagles from Hannahville Tuesday night. The Bears took the match 3-1. Pioneer Tribune photo COOKS – Nearing the end of a long string of home games, the Big Bay de Noc varsity volleyball team hosted the Soaring Eagles from Hannahville Tuesday. The Bears emerged victorious after four sets to take the match 3-1 (25-22, 19-25, 25-22, 25-13).

Again, several of the Bears who are competing in dual sports jumped from the soccer field to the volleyball court. The Bears also won their soccer match 8-0.

“Our energy and enthusiasm really put us over the edge tonight,” said Head Coach Angie Paulson. “The girls did a great job of encouraging one another and coming back from mistakes. My captains really stepped up tonight in their roles as leaders. All the girls were moving their feet and adjusting to the hits and really covering the floor well – all of these things helped us take the match with a win.”


Holli Stapleton at the net during the Bears’ third set against the Soaring Eagles. The Bears won the match 3-1. Also pictured are Larissa Jones (17) and Rylie Lawrence. Pioneer Tribune photo Holli Stapleton at the net during the Bears’ third set against the Soaring Eagles. The Bears won the match 3-1. Also pictured are Larissa Jones (17) and Rylie Lawrence. Pioneer Tribune photo For the Bears, Rylie Lawrence finished the night with seven aces, two kills, five digs, and two assists.

Holli Stapleton had nine aces and kills, three digs, and two blocks.

Finishing with six aces, four kills, three digs, and 12 assists was Meagan Yonker.

Kaitlyn Massengill had three aces, one dig, and an assist.

Piper Jones added an ace and two kills.

Emma Fiegel ended the night with five aces.

On Sept. 6, the Bears hosted Stephenson, with their visitors sweeping the match in three for the win (25-6, 25-12, 25-12).

“Their strong hitters and blockers really helped them dominate the game,” said Paulson. “They were the first team that we played that really played heavily on the net and we weren’t used to seeing that. The occasional blockers, sure, but this was totally new for my girls.

We could also see that they were a well seasoned team and they’ve been playing for a long time; that’s something that we don’t have here,” she continued. “We are working with eighth through 12th grade girls and we are doing the best we can. My girls had some great volleys and showed what they are capable of so we just have to keep focusing on the positive and move forward.”

Bear stats:

Lawrence: five digs, 10 assists

Stapleton: one ace, five kills, three digs, one block

Yonker: one ace, three kills, 15 digs, 17 assists

Massengil: one kill, three digs

Jones: one kill

The Bears will host Forest Park tonight at 6 p.m. to end their home game stretch.

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