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Soaring Eagles looking to bounce back this season

September 12, 2012
By John Vrancic - Sports Writer , Daily Press

HANNAHVILLE - After dropping their first two volleyball matches to Beaver Island last weekend, the Hannahville Soaring Eagles are looking for better results.

They continue their homestand against Munising Baptist on Thursday, then host Kinross Maplewood Baptist in a doubleheader Friday.

"Beaver Island is very good," said coach Tom Ohman. "We need to get back to the basics, such as spiking, serving drills and running our offense. We were giving them too many free balls."

The Soaring Eagles are led by four seniors. They include 6-foot-0 middle hitter Hannah Bartol, E..nisha Hill, Olivia Manitowabi and Katlyn Sagataw.

"Hannah gives us some height in the middle," said Ohman. "She had a nice match on Saturday. She got a little more aggressive and served a little better than on Friday."

Rounding out the squad are juniors Sophie Manitowabi and Alicia O'Brien, 5-7 sophomore Mary Saldan and seventh-graders Shannon Ortiz and Cienna Boychief.

Ohman was hoping freshman Selena Williams would also join the team as of Monday.

"If we can get her on the team, it will help," he said. "We're still an unknown quantity. By the end of this week, we'll have a better idea what we have."

Ohman points to Beaver Island and Mackinac Island as the teams to beat in the Northern Lights League. "Both have very good programs," he said. "I know Munising Baptist is good this year, too. Right now, we don't have the depth we had in the past. But this is a good group of girls. They're a lot of fun to coach. I think we'll also be very formidable by the end of the season."

The remaining schedule:

Sept. 13 - Munising Baptist; Sept. 14 - Kinross Maplewood Baptist (DH); Sept. 21-22 - Mackinac Island; Sept. 25 - Bay Mills Ojibwe Charter; Sept. 27 - Big Bay de Noc; Sept. 29 - Northern Lights League tournament at Sault Ste. Marie.

Oct. 2 - at Munising Baptist; Oct. 12-13 - Grand Marais; Oct. 15 - at Big Bay de Noc.



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