Pinckney 2, Hartland 0
PINCKNEY – Liam Higgins, one of only four four-year players in Joel Lindblade’s tenure as Pinckney coach, did it all on Senior Night.
Higgins scored on a free kick 10 minutes in, helped anchor the Pirates’ back line, and even played the final five minutes in net, making one save to preserve the shutout.
“To have a goal on Senior Night is pretty nice,” Lindblade said. “He even played goalie the last five minutes and even made a save. He did everything.”
Tyler Allain also scored for the Pirates (8-6-2, 5-4-1) who finished third in the KLAA West. Griffin McNeilly did most of the heavy lifting in net, until being relieved by Higgins.
Hartland 3, Brighton 0
BRIGHTON – Hartland moved closer to winning the KLAA West volleyball title by sweeping five-time defending champion Brighton 25-22, 25-17, 25-19 on Thursday.
Hartland improved to 7-0 in the West, one game up on second-place Milford (6-1) with three matches remaining.
“Brighton had a game plan that we weren’t really ready for,” Hartland coach Katy Westenberg said. “Our team adjusted really well early on and we kind of set the tone for not making mistakes and playing our game, regardless of what they’re doing. We did a good job of finishing it out in three, as opposed to making it go longer than it needed to be.”
The Eagles will travel to Pinckney next Tuesday before hosting Milford in a showdown next Thursday.
“In this league, you can’t discount any team,” Westenberg said. “We have a tough league. We have to focus on every single team and not overlook anyone, because you never know. We’re just looking for Tuesday.”
Sarah Skinner had 21 kills, Sara Jensen had 28 assists and Anna Storm had 11 digs for Hartland.
Brighton, which has gone 40-10 in the West the last five years, dropped to 2-5.
“In the first game, we were contenders, but you can’t hit in the negative and win a match,” Brighton coach Shelley Fix said. “I’m proud of the girls. They made some nice adjustments and big improvements today in terms of being competitive.”
Hartland 171, Waterford Kettering 182
HARTLAND – The Eagles (6-2 overall) shot their lowest dual score of the season at Hartland Glen Golf Course with two players carding season-best scores.
Jamie Erickson’s 42 and Kay Nelson’s 43 were both season-lows, while Haley Larsen shot 41 and Evelyn Ehgotz added a 45.
“I think the girls felt really good about the way they played today,” Hartland coach Mike Joseph said. “They’re loooking forward to Monday’s association tournament.”
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