WYOMING— After a previous tournament, the Hart Pirates women’s volleyball team received the ultimate compliment on their sportsmanship, which led to them being invited to participate in the Freedom Invitational, hosted by RCV in Wyoming, which Hart finished by winning on Saturday afternoon.
Hart did exactly what he intended to do. After a slow start against FAITH where the Pirates ended up separating 1-1 (21-25; 25-15), they replayed immediately against CHAP JV.
It was an all-out battle, with the first set ending when Pirates reached the 27 mark. Pirates finished the game strong, with the score at 2-0 (27-26; 25-22).
In the final pool game, the Pirates faced the Huron Valley Yellow Jackets.
Despite a poor service game, the Pirates emerged victorious. winner 2-0 (25-10; 25-14).
Based on the results of the pool game, the Pirates found themselves seeded No. 1 and headed to the Gold Bracket.
The Pirates faced the second seed of the other group, the Novi Firebirds.
The Pirates won the semi-finals, 2-0 (25-22; 25-18).
In the championship match, the Pirates faced host RCV.
Hart started the championship game slowly with some miscommunication and fell, 23-25 in the first set.
The pirates weren’t done yet.
Hart fought hard in the second set to win it 25-19, forcing a set three. The Pirates won service for the third set and didn’t look back, winning the league game, 2-1 with a 15-7 score for the third set.
Unofficial Pirates individual leaders include Laura Bitely – 7 digs; Mya Chickering – 11 aces, 17 kills, 20 digs and 1 block. Julia Greiner – 1 dig; Mariana VanAgtmael – 1 ace and 37 digs.
Addi Hovey – 8 aces, 1 assist, 35 eliminations, 10 blocks and 13 recoveries; Gabby Schmieding – 10 aces, 31 assists, 8 kills and 16 digs; Rayah Helenhouse – 6 assists and 4 kills.
Kelsey Copenhaver – 3 aces, 25 assists, 19 kills, 16 digs and 2 blocks, and Grace Gamble – 8 aces, 4 assists, 7 kills, 2 blocks and 6 digs.
Hart improved to 15-2-4 this season and remains 1-1 in the Rivers Division of the West Michigan Conference. The Pirates travel to Hesperia on Tuesday to face the Panthers.