Marysville volleyball coach Ryan Welser said his team’s conference schedule is a tough one.
Tuesday’s match at Macomb Dakota was no different, but Marysville came out on top with a four-set victory, 25-13, 27-25, 21-25, 26-24.
“Playing in the MAC Red is the best preparation in the world for playing in the Class B state tournament,” he said. “These are long, tough matches.”
Payton Husson paced the attack with 19 kills for Marysville (45-4-2, 8-2 MAC Red). She added a career-high eight blocks.
Bailey Bowns had 13 kills and 11 digs, while Devin Valco notched 35 assists and 12 digs.
“We came out and really executed our game plan right from the start,” Welser said. “From start to finish we blocked fantastically tonight.
“We know that Dakota is absolutely loaded with talent. They were firing from everywhere.”
Dakota was the first team to 20 in each of the final three sets, but Marysville was able to rally in the second and fourth.
“We really faced adversity,” Welser said. “These are really great building blocks for the state tournament.”
He said a big part of his team’s success this season is its seven seniors: Husson, Valco, Bowns, Mikayla Morgan, Caytlin May, Alicia Hall and Shannon Curley.
“We’ve got seven seniors on this team with multiple years of experience,” Welser said. “It’s really showing with these close games, these tough games.”
He said Husson, a two-sport athlete who is committed to Binghamton University in New York for basketball, has shown improvement throughout the year.
“She’s gotten better every match,” he said.
Welser said Bowns, Valco and Morgan all have multiple offers, but have yet to decide where they’re going to play.
Marysville plays Macomb Lutheran North in the first round of the Class B district tournament at 7 p.m. next Tuesday at Algonac.
“I think we’re in a great position right now,” Welser said. “Coming into the district playoffs I think we’re firing on all cylinders.”
Clawson d. Mount Clemens, 25-6, 25-9, 25-15
New Haven d. Warren Lincoln, 24-26, 27-25, 25-5, 25-8
Romulus d. Dearborn, 25-22, 21-25, 25-23, 26-24
Girls swimming and diving
Macomb Dakota 101, New Baltimore Anchor Bay 75: Brooklynn Janis won the 50-yard freestyle (26.00 seconds) and 100 fly (1:02.80) for Anchor Bay (6-3). Kelsie Thomas won the 100 backstroke (1:08.41) and the team of Janis, Mikala Marotich, Jessica Brockley and Rylah Razzak won the 200 free relay (1:50.22).
District soccer scores
Ann Arbor Pioneer 3, Brighton 0
Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook-Kingswood 3, Detroit Country Day 2 (SO)
Detroit Catholic Central 1, Grand Blanc 0 (OT)
Grosse Pointe Woods University Liggett 1, Marlette 0
Grosse Ile 1, Macomb Lutheran North 0
Lansing Christian 3, Royal Oak Shrine 0
Ortonville-Brandon 4, St. Clair Shores Lake Shore 0
Plymouth Christian 2, Ann Arbor Greenhills 1 (SO)
Richmond 5, Livonia Clarenceville 0