Otsego’s Nicole Hoover (12) and Ashley Fuller (10) prepare to attempt a block against Hopkins’ Kennedy VanDenBerg.

Bulldogs upend Hopkins and Plainwell in quad match

By: 
Jason Wesseldyk

It’s been said it’s not how you start, but rather how you finish that truly counts,
That was certainly the case for the Otsego volleyball team in its final match at the Hopkins Quad on Thursday, Sept. 4.
Taking on archrival Plainwell, the Bulldogs dropped the opening game 25-16. The remainder of the match was a different story, though, as Otsego regrouped to take the next two games 25-11, 15-9 and earn the comeback win.
That victory capped a perfect evening for the Bulldogs, who started with a 25-20, 25-19 win over Hopkins before picking up a 25-23, 17-25, 15-8 decision over Ravenna.
Otsego coach Candace Holmes was understandably pleased with her team’s performance.
“We had a very solid night,” said Holmes, whose team improved to 7-5-2. “I was happy with the way we played.”
Holmes was particularly impressed with the way her players responded in the third games against Ravenna and Plainwell.
“There were a couple times during the matches we went through some lulls and came back strong to push ahead and finish the matches,” Holmes said. “The girls showed mental toughness twice in game three by taking control right away in each game and not letting up. I was impressed with this from a young team.”
Senior captain Lexi Glazier set the tone for Otsego, leading the team in kills with 35, digs with 12 and aces with five.
“Lexi once again came up with some big kills for us when needed and powered the team offensively,” Holmes said.
Sophomore middle hitter Erica McQueen also provided a boost for the Bulldogs, finishing second on the team behind Glazier in kills with 23 and digs with nine. She also served up an ace.
“Erica had a great all around consistent night for us,” Holmes said. “She picked up nearly every ball and made numerous smart plays.”
The setting duo of Madison Haluch and Madison Gallagher combined for 63 assists and 10 digs, with Haluch posting a team-best 37 assists. Paige McFanin and Ashley Fuller chipped in with 13 and 10 kills, respectively.
 

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