Plymouth's volleyball swept through pool play like a black-and-white tornado before eventually succumbing in the semifinal round of Saturday's Madonna University Tournament that was held in the Wildcats' gymnasium.
The Wildcats, who improved to 9-4-1, swept Crestwood (25-5, 25-11), Grosse Ile (25-12, 25-16), Waterford Mott (25-6, 25-8) and Cass Tech (25-13) before falling in the semis to a talented Lake Orion unit.
"Overall, the girls played well all day," said Plymouth coach Kelly McCausland. "Everyone got to see the court today. Serve reception was great and were able to run some nice plays offensively.
"Lake Orion was a great defensive team that also ran a quick-tempo offense. After losing the first game, I am very proud of the girls for battling back in game two. They made some great plays defensively against some of Lake Orion's strongest hitters. We also had spot-on serve reception, which allowed Shayla (Smalls) and Jess (Scott) to run a quicker offense."
Kayla Bridge had a solid day, notching 22 kills and 27 digs. Lindsay Stemberger also continued to excel, racking up 38 digs and 10 kills.
Smalls (57 set assists and 27 digs) and Scott (50 set assists) both played well quarterbacking the Wildcats' offense.
Madelyn Betts (23 kills, eight blocks), Dani Risi (20 kills, 18 digs) and Mariah Tesarz (58 digs) also excelled for the 'Cats.