Irish Take 2nd at Lake Fenton Invite

Notre Dame handed Ann Arbor Gabriel Richard’ its first set loss of the season (39-1) before falling in the championship match at the Lake Fenton tournament.  The competitive tournament featured four state ranked teams, including #1 AAGR and # 4 Notre Dame.  The Irish started the day with a 25-14, 25-15 win over host Lake Fenton.  Jackie Lopez led the Irish at the serving line with 9 points and also added 5 digs.  Gabby Shilling had 4 kills while Olivia Juliani collected 9 digs. Next up in pool play was Troy  The Irish once again came out on top with scores of 25-22, 25-15.  Miss Volleyball finalist Emma Kowalkowski led the team in points with 7 (including 2 aces) as well as digs with 10.  Natalie Risi had 6 kills in the match.  The final match in pool play saw the Irish defeat Midland 25-22, 25-23.  The match featured one of our state’s top-five kill leaders in the Chemics’ Ellie Jensen. The Irish were able to slow Jensen down with great defensive efforts from Kowalkowski (23 digs) and Risi (15 digs.)  Kowalkowski also added 11 points and 5 aces to her team leading totals.  Erica Schwegman led all Irish hitters with 9 kills and Risi added 7 kills. Notre Dame earned a number one seen and took on Genesee, in the quarterfinal round of the elimination bracket and took little time in advancing to the semi-final round.  The Irish prevailed with scores of 25-6 and 25-11. Schwegman served up 12 points (4 aces) while Amanda Carty  added another 11 points from the serving line.  Morgan Verheyen led the Irish attack with 7 kills while Kowalkowski once again led all defenders with 10 digs. The semifinal matchup featured #8 ranked Chelsea against #4 ranked Notre Dame and the Irish came out on top with scores of 25-15, 25-21  Once again Schwegman led at the serving line with 9 points. Verheyen had 6 kills and 2 blocks, and Kowalkowski dug up 15 Chelsea attacks. The championship match saw two CHSL rivals in a rematch from a league play (just this past Thursday) where Ann Arbor Gabriel Richard took down Notre Dame in straight sets.  Ann Arbor once again came out on top,  but not before Notre Dame handed them their first set loss of the season. Risi led the Irish against the top ranked team in Michigan with 7 points while Maddy Chinn collected 17 kills. Kowalkowski was stellar on defense with 15 digs. Notre Dame ends the day with a  27-6-2 overall record

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