By Darryl Warner
The Skyline varsity volleyball team hit the courts again for a tournament this past weekend at Fenton High School. The morning started off in pool play against Birch Run and Linden High School. The Eagles won 5 out of 6 sets between the two teams. Skyline won all three sets against Birch Run, winning 25-13, 25-16, and 27-25. Skyline won 2-3 sets against Linden, winning the first set 25-19 and the third set 25-12, but lost the second set 25-20.
With a fifth-place ranking in the Gold bracket Skyline faced a familiar opponent in the Temperance Bedford Kicking Mules. Skyline was defeated by Bedford three weeks ago in conference play 3-1. In game one Skyline jumped out to a 7-3 lead off kills from Kendall Murray and Olivia Cristian.
Bedford fought back to tie the game 10-10. With both teams exchanging the lead once, the scored tied again at 13-13 with a Lauren Lee set to Murray. The scored remained tied at 14-14 until Bedford scored four consecutive points and Coach Cristian called timeout with Bedford ahead 18-14.
Skyline would close the gap to 20-17 after a kill from Greta Schorer, but Bedford would go on to win game one 25-19.
In game two Skyline competed for every point against Bedford and the two teams exchanged leads early until the score was tied 6-6. Bedford called a timeout and answered by opening the lead to 10-8. With Rin Sato serving, Skyline tied the score 10-10 off a well-timed block at the net by Sasha Akuezue. Skyline tied the score again at 12-12 before Bedford answered with 5 consecutive points to extend the lead to 17-12.
Coach Cristian would call time out to regather his players. Skyline would score five more points off kills from Murray and Cristian, but Bedford would win the second game 25-18.
The Eagles return home Tuesday night for their last home game against the Lincoln Railsplitters at 7 p.m.