Imlay City’s Lexa Forti connects on a spike at the net in the district title match.

IMLAY CITY — Imlay City, listed among the honorable mention squads statewide, concluded their season with a 20-26, 26-28, 18-25 loss to top-ranked North Branch in a Division 2 district championship matchup encounter last Thursday.

Cros-Lex High School is where the match was contested.

With the decision, Imlay City sees a 24-18-5 season draw to a close.

“We played some great volleyball last night and had the lead for almost the entire second set,” Imlay City Coach Rachel Van Dyk commented. “We missed some serves at inopportune times and that really cost us,” she noted.

It’s a shame we had to match up with North Branch in districts (again), but I am very proud of the fight our girls exhibited last night. It was a fantastic match filled with some very long rallies and great plays by both teams.”

Emma Keeping (12), Lexa Forti (eight), Makayla Bruman (seven) and Chloe Bruman (six) supplied Imlay City’s kills.

Yannet Zepeda (21), Makayla Bruman (16), Forti (11), and Chloe Bruman (five) registered Imlay City’s digs.

Makayla Bruman, Forti and Keeping (one each) contributed Imlay City’s blocks.

Trinity Sollman (two) along with Makayla Bruman and Forti (one apiece) provided Imlay City’s ace serves.

Imlay City also received 16 set assists courtesy of Makayla Bruman.

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.