TAWAS CITY – The Tawas Area volleyball team played its final game of the regular season on Tuesday, Oct. 29. The Lady Braves were playing at Grayling, though they came up short 25-19, 25-22 and 25-13. 

“The team played well, but we are still without our regular middles,” head coach Carol Elowsky said. “It was really hard to combat their much taller hitters.  We had a great day in serve-receive and our defense was also very good.”

Paige Barringer was able to put her name in the school record books, as she put down 14 kills on the night; setting her season mark at a program best 361 for the season.

“Paige had another great night for us,” Elowsky said. “She is really a big threat on the outside and the quality of her hitting over the last seven weeks is what enabled to get her that record. She can read the court well and her error rate is down very low. 

“Paige spends a great deal of time playing in the off-season and I think that really shows when you watch her play; she is a consistent powerful player but is also a great teammate and spends a lot of time getter her team up and ready to play. Both Paige and Hanna Edmonds are really good outside hitters and I think they will be the key at districts. Alysse Russo and Hayley Lingo both did well in serve-receive and handled the strong Grayling hitters as well as we could.” 

Tawas plays in a Division 2 district this week at Chippewa Hills. The Braves opened the post-season on Monday against Standish-Sterling, the semifinals are set for today (Wednesday) and the championship is slated for Thursday.

“We need to stay focused and play every ball strong,” Elowsky said. “Our district is so even that I think we have just as a good of a shot as any of the other teams.”