Imlay City’s Sydney Livingston sets the ball during Div. 2 district play last week.

IMLAY CITY — The Imlay City varsity volleyball team gave their opponent all they could handle and then some, only to drop a 25-21, 24-26, 26-24, 20-25, 15-25 verdict to Goodrich in a Division 2 district semifinal battle last Wednesday.

With the outcome, Imlay City finishes at 33-16-2.

“It was an exciting competitive semifinal,” Imlay City Coach Rachel Van Dyk commented. “It is always tough to lose in the playoffs, especially in a five-set tiebreaker, but I was very proud of our team’s effort and resilience throughout the match,” she noted.

“They have improved a lot over the course of the season and have worked extremely hard. We are excited to train in the offseason to prepare for next fall.”

Jaya Forti handled the bulk of Imlay City’s playmaking responsibilities against Goodrich. She was credited with 40 set assists.

Hope Schriber (16), Lexa Forti (14), Cassie Verellen (nine), Jaya Forti (eight) and Natalie Stone (two) notched Imlay City’s kills.

Stone (24), Lexa Forti (22), Jaya Forti and Verellen (18 each) plus Schriber (six) furnished Imlay City’s digs.

Verellen and Schriber provided Imlay City with one assisted block apiece.

Schriber (two) along with Stone and Lexa Forti (one apiece) added Imlay City’s ace serves.

Kevin Kissane

Kevin Kissane has been covering high school sports for the Tri-City Times since 1985. When not standing on a field or court with his camera and notepad, he enjoys golf, travel and family. Kevin is a 1980 graduate of Capac High School, and is also a grad of St. Clair Community College and earned a degree in journalism from Central Michigan University.