November 21, 2014

Cards get into referee debacle in Island loss

By John Fischer
Staff Writer
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MACKINAW ISLAND — The Whittemore-Prescott Cardinal volleyball team traveled to Mackinaw Island, Saturday, in what turned out to be a losing effort. Although, the girls’ coach says it wasn’t the players that had a poor effort, but the officials.

The Lady Cards lost a close battle in the maximum five sets. Alternating wins, Mackinaw took games one (25-16), three (25-21) and five (15-10), while W-P took games two (25-19) and four (25-10).

Coach Helen Loomis admitted that the overall experience was enjoyable, but what took place on the court was frustrating and left a lot to be desired.

“The officials (who also doubled on the day as soccer referees) did not seem to have any knowledge of illegal hits, net violations, four contacts (when a team hits the ball more than three times in one possession), and didn’t make a single call,” Loomis said. “The Mackinaw team had some skilled players, but got a way with numerous net violations and illegal hits.”

Loomis added she believes the outcome would have been different if presented with at least a medium level of officiating.

W-P Stats: Cortney Bork – 17 points/4 aces/21 digs; Kayla Camp – 10 assists/16 digs; Alyssa Gielda – 4 spike-kills; Chelsea Jasman – 1 block-kill/8 spike-kills; Leighanna Loomis – 22 digs; Larissa McGeathy – 18 points/3 aces/3 block-kills/6 spike-kills; Chloe Moraitis – 15 digs.

W-P (0-2, 1-4) faces off against Lincoln-Alcona Monday Sept. 8.

Panthers beat Cards in straight sets

STANDISH-STERLING — The Whittemore-Prescott (W-P) Lady Cards traveled to Standish-Sterling (SSC) Wednesday night, Sept. 3, for a conference match-up. W-P played tough on SSC’s home court but eventually lost in three straight games.

The Lady Cards took some positives in the loss as they closely battled the Panthers in two of the three games.

“I was quite pleased with our play in games one and three,” W-P coach Helen Loomis said. “Serving and hitting errors were at a minimum and our blocking improved.”

Coach Loomis admitted that game two was a total team disaster in which the team has chosen to leave behind. She also credited SSC doing a good job finding holes in the defense with “strategic tips.”

Stats for the Cards included Courtney Bork with fifteen points and six digs; Chelsea Jasman with four points, one ace, four block-kills, ten digs and five spike-kills; Chloe Moraitis with four points, one ace, five digs and five spike-kills; Larissa McGeathy with four points and two block-kills; Kayla Camp with seventeen assists; and Leighanna Loomis with seven digs and 4 spike-kills.

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