The Schoolcraft Eagles defended their home court Tuesday with a four-set win over Kalamazoo Christian, 21-25, 25-15, 25-18, 25-21. Sophomore outside hitter Andelyn Simkins led the way for Schoolcraft, unofficially racking up 21 kills.
The Comets took the first set 25-21, at one point leading by eight. Schoolcraft battled back, going from down 17-9 to down 21-20, but Kalamazoo Christian held firm. The Eagles found their rhythm midway through the second, ending on a 9-3 run for a 25-15 final.
Schoolcraft controlled the third throughout, 25-18. Kalamazoo Christian jumped out to an 11-7 initial lead in the fourth, then Schoolcraft evened the score at 17-17 and finished the fourth set 8-4 to claim the overall win.
In addition to Simkins’ 21 kills, Paige Gebben added nine for Schoolcraft. Brooke Crissman scored six aces. Kalamazoo Christian’s Carley Broekhuizen nabbed seven kills, followed by six from Sarah Wenke.
Schoolcraft avenges the five-set loss to K-Christian from last season, which ultimately gave the Comets the SAC Valley division crown. The sixth-ranked Eagles start Valley play at 1-0 and move to 11-4-2 overall, while the Comets start Valley play at 0-1 with an overall mark of 9-6-1.
Kalamazoo Christian returns to league play next Tuesday at home against Constantine. Schoolcraft plays in the Portage Central Invite Saturday, then travels to Hackett Catholic Tuesday in a match that can be heard on the Slocum Sports Network. Listen back to Tuesday’s match below: