BATTLE CREEK — The Cavaliers went 1-3 at the Cereal City Invitational Saturday. Carman- Ainsworth opened with a 25-17, 25-14 loss to Columbia Central.
The Cavaliers dropped a 25-15, 25-19 decision to Battle Creek St. Phillip before defeating Delton- Kellogg 16-25, 25-22, 15-10. Carman- Ainsworth lost to Union City 25-22, 25-17 in the Bronze semifinal.
Sarah Thurston had 43 assists and 19 digs. Che’Anne Hicks added 20 kills and 20 digs. Eriona Chambers had nine kills and eight blocks and Katie Speaks chipped in 26 digs.
“Cereal City is a tough tournament and we beat a very good Delton- Kellogg team in a thrilling three-game battle which was a huge win for us,” coach Barb Hurand said. “It was our first win of the season so it was a great accomplishment to beat a good team to get our first win.
“We were competitive against St. Phil, who is the defending Class D state champs and I believe currently ranked No. 1 in Class D. Our goal is to improve each time we compete and we are definitely making some strides in doing so.” — K.W.