Irish Take Lakeview Spartan Invite

Note Dame Varsity Volleyball traveled to the west side of the state to compete in the Lakeview tournament and brought home their second tournament championship of the season.  The Spartan Invite featured eight state-ranked teams as well as four Miss Volleyball finalists. The Irish went 6-0 on the day and did not drop a set as they improved to 21-5 and have now won 11 matches in a row.

Notre Dame started the tournament with a 25-15, 25-16 win over Portage Northern.  Natalie Risi led the scoring from the line serving up 12 points and four aces to go with four kills and seven digs.  Maddy Chinn was dominate at the net with 10 kills (hitting .562), three blocks and seven digs. Maria Famularo served up eight points, an ace, six assists and 10 digs and Aly Borellis added three points, two aces, five kills and eight assists.

The Irish then took on Battle Creek St. Phillip. The result was much the same as the Irish took the match 25-19, 25-20.  Famularo had 10 points, two aces, seven kills, 10 assists and four digs. Chinn had 11 kills, a pair of assists and seven digs.  Risi had 10 kills, and eight digs, Borellis contributed 16 assists and seven digs and Olivia Kowalkowski had a team-high 10 digs.

The final match of pool play had Notre Dame face a versatile team from Vicksburg. The Irish once again came out on top 25-17, 25-16.  Chinn led the attack with six points, six kills, and four digs. Risi had five points, three aces, six kills and four digs. Famularo had nine assists, and five digs and Emily Mohr, who leads the team in blocks, had a game high five blocks and added four points, three aces and two kills.  Kowalkowski again led the team on defense with seven digs.

In the quarterfinal match the Irish quickly dispensed of Harper Creek 25-9, 25-11. Mohr led the Irish with seven points, three aces, four kills and three blocks. Chinn added seven points and 10 digs, Famularo had seven points, eight assists and six digs and Borellis had five points, six kills and six assists. Risi added three points, two aces, six kills and five digs while Bianca Giglio contributed three points and a couple of kills. Kowalkowski stayed steady, adding 10 digs to her team-leading defensive efforts.

The semifinal matchup pitted the Irish against host Spartans of Lakeview. The Irish started off strong and had the Spartans on their heels on the way to a 25-15, 25-19 victory.   Chinn was once again was a force as she had four points, seven kills, three blocks and seven digs. Risi kept pace with five points, twp aces, six kills, a pair of blocks and four digs. Famularo five points, three aces, five kills, six assists and 5 digs in the match while Borellis had seven points, 10 assists and five digs.  Kowalkowski was once again strong in the back row as she had six points, two aces and another 10 digs.

The finals matchup featured three-time defending Class C State Championship Bronson against the defending Class B State Champ Notre Dame. Notre Dame over came a slow start to take the match in straight sets 25-20, 25-13. Risi served up 11 points while adding nine kills and 12 digs while Chinn also had 11 points and added two aces to go with four kills and 12 digs.  Famularo, had a strong tournament performance and added seven kills, 11 assists and nine digs to  her totals while Borellis had five kills, 10 assists and six digs. Kowalkowski was outstanding on defensive end with 12 digs.

During the tournament Chinn also eclipsed both the 2000 career kills and 400 career blocks marks, making her only the fourth player in Michigan to surpass both collectively.

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