MUSKEGON — Ludington came into the West Michigan Conference Lakes Division tournament at Oakridge undefeated in conference, and the Orioles left that way in capturing only their second conference title.
Ludington won the Lakes 8 Activities Conference title back in 2016, but this one might have been more special since it was the first tournament in the new league.
The Orioles first defeated host Oakridge, 25-19 and 25-17 before hoisting the trophy after turning back Whitehall, 25-11 and 25-23 in the final.
“I am really proud of how hard the girls worked, and how well they did,” Ludington head coach Liz Holden said. “While we are excited about taking conference, we are switching our focus to districts.”
Leaders for the Orioles included Maddy Vaara with nine digs, 28 kills, four blocks and one ace. Karli Mesyar had 16 digs, two assists and two aces.
Jordyn Anderson had 38 assists, nine blocks, four kills and two aces. Mia Pung added nine digs and two aces. Keelyn Laird contributed 16 digs, 13 kills, four blocks and two assists.
Ashley McPike added six blocks, three kills and one dig. Olivia Lynn followed with three digs, one kill, one assist and two blocks. Mia Voss finished with three aces, two digs, three blocks, two kills and one assist.
Ludington is idle now until they open Division 3 district action in Reed City on Wednesday, Nov. 2 against Cadillac in the first match of a semifinal doubleheader.
Big Rapids takes on Chippewa Hills in a district quarterfinal on Monday, Oct. 31. The winner plays Reed City in the nightcap on Wednesday.
The championship match is Friday, Nov. 3.