Volleyball: Dreadnaughts open season with familiar moniker – champions!

The Dexter volleyball team started the season with an impressive spike!

The Dreadnaughts won the Pirate Varsity Volleyball Tourney in Pinckney this past weekend, dropping only one set for the day during pool play.

Beginning with an injury to one of their six rotation, three-year varsity starters in warmups of the first match, Dexter was forced to revise its lineup pulling on the entire roster to come together for a tremendous run to become tournament champions.

The Dreadnaughts opened with Farmington, winning all three sets 25-10, 25-17, 25-15. They then took two of three sets (25-15, 19-25, 25-15) from Milan.

Dexter was seeded into the Gold Playoff Bracket in third place where they met Plymouth Christian Academy in the quarterfinals. The Dreads won 25-20, 25-19.

Advancing to the semis they met Mt. Morris who was undefeated on the day. The Dreadnaughts dominated the Panthers 25-12, 25-13 to advance to the Championship match against Hartland.

Hartland also came in undefeated on the day, seeded first in the Gold Bracket.  The Dreadnaughts and Eagles battled through the first set until Dexter took control to finish 25-22.  Dexter then commanded the second set 25-11 to become tournament champions.

Dexter benefitted from a roster full of contributions.

Senior Jamie Giese led the offense on the outside with 48 kills on the day and 6 service aces. Senior Anna Creech, stepping in as libero, had 65 digs and 15 service aces. She also supported the offense with 12 assists.

Junior setter Braedy Wineman ran the offense with 78 assists and also added 10 service aces and 18 kills.

Junior Mikah Salemi contributed with 12 blocks and 18 kills while senior Hanna Quinn provided 10 blocks and 20 kills.

Dexter looks forward to starting SEC Conference, Red Division play against Lincoln at home on Thursday. The freshmen and JV start at 5:30 p.m. followed by the varsity at 7 p.m.

Volleyball Season Preview: Dreadnaughts give their coach plenty of reasons to smile



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