Varsity volleyball goes 2-2 at this weekend’s Power League of Rockford Invite


This past weekend the varsity volleyball team competed in the Power League of Rockford Invite, taking on four different teams and ending with a record of 2-2. 

In the Rangers’ first game of the day, they took on the Rockford Rams. Despite the team’s best efforts, they fell to the Rams in two sets: set one concluded with a score of 25-20, and the second set ended 25-18. The junior duo of Morghan Tilton and Katie Costello were stellar in the two setter positions against the Rams. The two teamed up to have 18 assists overall in the two sets, and they also combined for four digs against Rockford’s service into the Rangers half of the court. 

The Rangers were able to come back in the next game as they took on the FHN Huskies for a third time this season. They once again walked away with a victory, but this time in two sets, ending in a score of 25-16 and 25-18. Junior Julia Bouma took control of this game and had a combined 16 digs against the Huskies. Alongside Julia, freshman Sarah Dunn had nine digs, and senior Lauren Schofield had five digs and seven services. 

The Rangers carried their momentum into their next game against the Portage Central Mustangs, defeating them in two sets. The first set came down to the very end; however, the Rangers were able to pull off a two-point victory with a score of 25-23. The second set concluded with a score of 25-19, and the Rangers dominated throughout the entire game. Junior Tatum Oltolski had a significant impact on the Rangers win, as she went on to have six kills in the game and ten stellar attacks on the Mustangs. Sophomore Sophie Shields also had four kills; however, Lauren led the team with ten kills throughout the game. 

Headed into their last game of the day the Rangers were set to play the Grand Rapids Christian Eagles, who are the defending State champions in Division 2. The Rangers could not overcome this powerhouse of a team and fell in both sets of the game; the first set had a score of 25-16, and the last set concluded with a score of 25-11. Despite the loss, the Rangers had several players step up and make an impact on the game. Julia once again dominated as a libero and had ten digs, and Morghan stood out as well as she picked up eight digs. 

After this tournament, the Rangers were able to add two more wins to their record and will be heading out to take on the Northview Wildcats this Tuesday, October 1. The game will be starting at 6:00 PM at Northview High School.