MONTAGUE –– Ludington overcame a first-set loss to win three straight in a 3-1 victory over Montague.

The West Michigan Conference matchup was had the Orioles rallying after dropping the first set, 21-25, to win the next three 25-15, 25-22 and 25-12.

“We kept getting touches in the first set that made it harder on our defense to get hold of the ball,” said Ludington coach Liz Holden, who graduated from Montague, and where she coached before leading Ludington.

The two schools have developed a rivalry that Holden enjoys.

“I think they underestimated how scrappy Montague can be,” she said. “The second set we adjusted a few things and started getting the block up on time, and our defense did a great job of getting things up.

“Our defense started putting balls away, and we didn’t let much drop. We did a great job of getting up the tips, and every good play gave them more energy.”

Maddy Vaara again filled the stat sheet for the Orioles with 16 digs, 21 kills, four blocks and one ace. Ashley McPike was a leader at the net with 14 kills and she added seven digs and two blocks.

Jordyn Anderson finished with four aces, nine digs, 36 assists, four kills and four blocks. Mia Pung contributed 15 digs and one assist, Mya Bryant contributed eight digs and one ace and Jaelyn Laird added five kills and five blocks.

Jordan Netcott had 12 kills, Jordan Netcott notched 10 and Britta Johnson nine. Jaelyn Sundberg topped the stat sheet with 36 assists.
Alissa Wynn had 28 digs, Netcott 14, Maizie Collins 13 and Johnson nine.

Ludington next travels to county rival Mason County Central on Thursday, Oct. 3.

Montague is next scheduled to compete at Manistee on Thursday, Oct. 3.