Girls Varsity Volleyball · Niles Varsity Volleyball Has a Big Finish Taking 4th Place Out of 11 Division I Teams at the SMAC Conference Tourney

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The Niles Varsity Volleyball Team had a great finish at the SMAC Conference Tournament today taking 4th place out of 11 Division 1 Teams. Niles came out strong with a fast win over Loy Norrix 25-9 and 25-13. Next, they faced the #1 seed East Division Conference Champions, Gull Lake, and defeated them in an exciting match 25-21, 15-25, and 17-15. That put Niles on track to head into the winner’s bracket to battle for 1st through 4th place in the conference tourney. They faced a strong Lakeview team next and lost 16-25 and 19-25. Finally, they battled it out against powerhouse Portage Central but fell 17-25 and 14-25.

Our win over Division I Gull Lake today was exactly the momentum boost we needed heading into Districts Monday. We finally had our entire team back together today, and I loved the energy we brought to that match; it was awesome to see my girls have to finish and seal the win when the scores were tight in that third set. We played powerhouse schools all day today, and that’s exactly the preparation we needed right now. I was pleased with our 4th place finish and reminded them how tough they truly are as a team when the work together and compete with energy and focus. Niles is now 24-21-5 and will head to Buchanan Monday to take on Dowagiac in the first round of Division II Districts.

Leading scorers:
Nikki Nate 23 points, 8 aces
Zoie Appleberry 22 points, 3 aces
Emma Beckman 18 points, 3 aces
Grace Florkowski 11 points, 1 ace
Bianca Pickens 8 points, 2 aces
Cadence Knight 3 points

Nikki Nate 14
Jillian Bruckner 14
Taylor Bailey 13
Amara Palmer 9
Zoie Appleberry 8
Marika Ruppart 6

Marika Ruppart 6
Nikki Nate 5
Taylor Bailey 3
Jillian Brucker 3
Amara Palmer 3
Zoie Appleberry 1

Bianca Pickens 24
Nikki Nate 15
Emma Beckman 15
Cadence Knight 14
Grace Florkowski 9
Zoie Appleberry 6
Amara Palmer 3
Taylor Bailey 3

Grace Florkowski 35
Emma Beckman 18