BOYNE CITY — St. Francis opened the Lake Michigan Conference season on Wednesday with a tri-meet win at Boyne City.
The Gladiators (18-2-1, 2-0 LMC) beat the host Ramblers 30-28, 25-15, 25-6, 25-13 and then topped East Jordan 25-15, 25-17, 25-10.
Leading the way for St. Francis was Bridget Bussell with 15 kills, 14 digs, eight aces and five blocks. Sophie Spencer had seven aces and eight kills, Kaitlyn Hegewald had 40 assists, 10 digs and five aces.
The Gladiators beat East Jordan in JV action as Rosemary Wilson had nine kills and Karissa Buell had 10 aces.
Petoskey 3 TC Central 0
Petoskey earned a 25-19, 25-17, 25-22 Big North Conference win over visiting TC Central.
The Trojans (12-3-1) had 13 kills and 10 digs from Brie Goodno, 11 digs for Leah Potter, seven kills and a block from Callie Bartkowiak, nine digs from Paige Emmett and four kills for Abby Underwood.
TC Central won the JV match 25-23, 25-23, 18-25 despite trailing 21-13 in the first game. The Trojans had seven kills from Carissa Bartkowiak, four blocks for Sierra Fraser and 13 assists and four aces from Emily Jenkins.
In the freshman match, TC Central won 25-19, 25-22, 25-16 behind outside hitters Isabelle Lutz and Abby Green.
Leland 3 Benzie Central 0
Leland opened its title defense in the Northwest Conference with a 25-11, 25-23, 25-19 win over visiting Benzie Central.
The Comets (16-5-1) had 20 kills, seven digs and four aces from Brooke Olesnavage, 20 assists from Sammie Sterkenburg, six kills and four digs for Andrea Hunt, two kills and two aces for Heather Burns and two aces and four digs for Analise Robinson.
Benzie Central had 25 assists and five digs from Molly Lehn, seven kills, seven digs and six blocks from Madison Lutzke, three kills and seven blocks from Autumn Hagelstien, 10 kills, 10 blocks and 10 digs from Jenna Gauthier and 10 digs from Emily Scott.
Kingsley 3 Mesick 0
Kingsley scored a 25-12, 25-17, 25-20 Northwest Conference win over Mesick.
The Stags (15-4-1, 1-0 NWC) were 73-for-77 serving as a team with eight aces. Katie Travis, Andrea Lee, Leah Hall and Katie Garey were all perfect serving.
Travis had 12 kills and three blocks, Lee had four kills and three blocks, Hall had 31 assists, three kills and 11 digs, Garey had 11 digs while Kenzie Meeker had 11 digs and three kills.
Frankfort 3 Buckley 0
Frankfort earned a 25-19, 25-16, 25-15 Northwest Conference sweep of Buckley.
The Bears had 10 digs and seven kills from Bailee Kuhn, seven digs, 6-6 serving and two aces for Ciera Cabanting and 10 assists for Hannah Baldinger.
Forest Area 3 Gaylord St. Mary 0
Forest Area swept past Gaylord St. Mary, 25-11, 25-19, 25-19 in Ski Valley Conference play.
The Warriors (14-5-1, 2-0 SVC) had seven kills, three aces from Kourtni Birgy, 31 assists from Megan Gifford, 10 kills and 10 digs from Emily Gonyer, 11 kills from Tabitha Cecil, six aces from Dani Johne and a good floor game from Alyssa Birgy.
Leelanau Co. 8 Charlevoix 0
Leelanau Co. earned an 8-0 sweep of Charlevoix.
Winners at singles were Parker Kokowicz (6-0, 6-0), Leif Mohrman (6-0, 6-0), Joel Sneed (6-1, 6-0) and Evan Fink (6-3, 6-1). Doubles winners were Ross Guilbeau/Jamie McFarlane (6-0, 6-1), Jacob Duperon/Kyle Hayes (6-1, 6-2), Brayden Reed/Siaria Milroy (6-1, 7-5) and Maddie Fink/Lindsey Boone (6-0, 6-0).
St. Francis the overall champ at Manton
St. Francis won the girls meet, took second in the boys and was the overall champion at the Manton Invite.
The Gladiators scored 22 points to win the girls race. GT Academy was second (81) and Kingsley was third (98). Evart won the boys race (17), followed by St. Francis (84) and GT Academy (90). For the overall title, St. Francis won with 106 points while Evart was second (151).
It was a "fox and hound" race as teams sent their seventh runners first, followed their sixth, etc., for a handicapped finish.
St. Francis freshman Holly Bullough won the girls race in 19:24. Maddy Danz was fifth (21:45), Lauren Buckel was seventh (22:12), Krissi Dressler was third (22:15) and Annie Lyman was sixth (23:10).
In the boys race, Mark Mol was ninth (18:38), Sam Holmes was eighth (18:52), Connor Archer was 12th (19:48), Nick Fisher was 32nd (20:26) and Andy Fitzpatrick was 31st (21:04).