The Canton girl’s modified volleyball team battled hard against Malone in a scrimmage Thursday night in Canton. The Bears fell to the Huskies 2-1 in three sets.
In the opening set, Canton jumped out to a 7-5 lead. Malone rallied to take a 13-8 lead, and eventually led 20-13. Emma Logan then served four straight times and notched an ace during that stretch to close the gap to 20-17. Malone went on to win the first set 25-18.
The Bears bounced back and controlled the second set winning 25-12 behind strong serving from Logan, Katie Metcalf and Autumn Bronson. Metcalf sparked a 4-0 Canton run with three aces to open a 9-5 lead. The Bears stretched that advantage to 14-7 following kills from Josie Gabriel and Kyleigh Gollinger. Canton had a five-point lead at 15-10, and then Bronson served three straight times, including an ace as Canton opened an 18-10 advantage. The Bears held an eight-point lead, 19-11, and Logan then led a 5-1 run serving for two aces and the lead was 24-12. Metcalf delivered an ace to close out set number two.
In the final set, the score remained close, as both teams had several tremendous rallies and runs. Logan recorded two more aces early in the set to give Canton an 11-6 lead. Malone countered with six straight points to go ahead by one. With the score tied 12-12, Bronson served twice as Canton went back ahead 14-12. After a Laurel Whittier ace put the Bears ahead 16-13, the Huskies went on a 5-1 run to tie the set at 17 apiece. There were two more ties after that, and Canton then found themselves down 24-19, but the Bears never quit. Canton scored three straight points, including an ace from Cecily Shipman to close the gap to 24-22. However, Malone would prevail winning the next point to claim a 25-22 win.
The Bears are next in action on Tuesday, Sept. 17 at home against OFA at 5 p.m.