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SHELBY — The Shelby girls volleyball team won a West Michigan Conference Rivers Division match over Mason County Central in three sets, 25-16, 25-15, 25-12 at Shelby Tuesday night.  

The Tigers had several players with big nights, including Navea Gauthier, who had 22 kills, Aubrey Horton, who contributed 35 assists and Morgan Weirich with 16 digs on defense.  

“Navea picked up where she left off a couple weeks ago at our tournaments,” said Shelby coach Tom Weirich. “Great night offensively, solid from the serving line.  

“Morgan Weirich anchored the team defensively, and also had a great night serving,” Weirich said. “Tonight was nice because we were able to distribute the ball to other offensive threats and get them comfortable in our offensive scheme.”  

Weirich finished the match with 7 aces at the service line, while Gauthier pounded down 6 aces. Gauthier also had 2 blocks and Claire Gowell 1. Biloxi Lee added 4 kills.  

All of the Spartans got some playing time during the match.  

“Shelby is a hard-hitting team, and this was a good learning experience for them,” said Spartans coach Erin O’Harra. “Learning how to read the hit and play good defense.”  

Charlie Banks was 9-of-9 serving with 1 ace to lead the Spartans. Ashlyn McKay finished 9-of-10 at the line.  

The Spartans’ top hitters were Tori Dunblazier, who was 15-of-17 in attacks, with 4 kills and Banks who was 7-of-11 with 3 kills at the attack line and was 8-of-11 in serve receive.  

Alayna Rafter contributed for the Spartans with 6-of-6 serving, 5-of-9 in digs, 4-of-4 in attacks with 2 kills and 14-of-25 in sets with 6 assists. 

Peyton Welch was 5-of-5 serving, 5-of-6 in serve receive and 4-of-5 in attacks. Wren Nelson finished 6-of-6 serving, 9-of-11 in serve receive, 6-of-8 attacking with 2 kills and had 2 blocks.  

The Spartans next match is Tuesday, Sept. 13 at home against Ravenna in the WMC, while the Tigers play host to Montague Thursday night.