MARYSVILLE – The Marysville Vikings volleyball team still had last year in the back of their minds Saturday.
The Vikings failed to win their own tournament last year but found a way to make amends Saturday. They were 7-0 on the day en route to winning the Marysville Invitation.
Marysville defeated Fraser, Imlay City, Landmark Academy and St. Clair in the pool play round. They later beat Centerline, 25-7, 25-14, in the quarterfinals, Port Huron Northern, 25-13, 25-11, in the semifinals and Fraser, 25-10, 26-24, in the finals.
Payton Husson led Marysville with 11 kills and three blocks in the finals against Fraser. Devan Valko had 18 assists, seven digs and four kills in the game. Bailey Bowns added six kills and 10 digs, Mikayla Morgan had 15 digs and Hannah Delor had six kills and 14 service points.
“It’s always nice to win your home tournament,” Marysville coach Ryan Welser said. “It’s something we didn’t do last year. It has been in the forefront of our minds since last year. It was a great accomplishment for us.
“We started in the morning with a line-up of all freshmen and sophomores and we went through and won the first three matches without playing any seniors or starters. That was just phenomenal. They took the pressure off of our girls that have played a lot of matches.”
Marysville (44-4-2) will return Tuesday for its final Macomb Area Conference Red Division game at Macomb Dakota.
“The key here is we have all of the pieces of the puzzle,” Welser said. “We just need to be peaking at the right time. We need to have fresh legs and stay injury free and that is our goal and we did that.
“We have a great match coming up against Dakota. It will be a great tune-up for us. Hopefully, we peak at the right time.”
Port Huron Northern, meanwhile, was 4-2 on the day. They defeated Centerline, Richmond and Marine City in pool play before losing to Port Huron High, 25-23, 29-31, 11-15.
They beat St. Clair, 25-19, 25-22, in the quarterfinals before losing to Marysville.
Brooke Bowerman had 100 assists,16 service points and six aces to lead Northern. Sami Klink had 20 kills, 31 service points and 37 digs.
Heidi Wilson had 51 service points and 42 digs. Carmen Rankin had 19 kills and 24 service points for Northern (17-24-2), which will return home Tuesday against Grosse Pointe.