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John Glenn's Volleyball team reacts to winning their first District Title. (MyBayCity Photo by John Keuvelaar)

Hard Fought District Nets John Glenn First Ever Volleyball Title

Senior Brooke Rosebrock scores 6 of the final 7 winning shots

November 4, 2012       2 Comments
By: John Keuvelaar

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Friday night's volleyball district finals pitted two old rivals together in John Glenn and Garber.

Both teams played never-say-die points as long volleys and diving saves kept the games very exciting. In what was to be the final game, Glenn was within one point of the title before Garber pulled ahead and within one point of sending the game to a fifth and final game. But the Bobcats rallied to score the final three points giving them their first ever district volleyball title.

Game one started very spirited and charged up as both teams exchanged unforced errors. John Glenn started to pull away early as their kills kept landing just out of the reach of the diving Lady Dukes. Garber was very scrappy as they battled back to tie the game at 8-8. Garber then built on this confidence to take charge of the game. Unable to effectively make kill shots, they employed strategic placing of their net shots over the outstretched arms of the Lady Bobcats front line to build a 15-10 lead. After a Glenn timeout helped the Bobcats pull within two points, Garber regrouped to pull ahead 23-15. Then junior Monica Skrabut delivered a big time kill and Garber was up one game to none.

Monica Skrabut nails a kill shot as Janelle Zielinski defends.
(MyBayCity Photo by John Keuvelaar)

Janelle Zielinski fires back as Kristin Close and Stacie Finkbeiner try to block the shot.
(MyBayCity Photo by John Keuvelaar)

Holli Lewless launches a set shot.
(MyBayCity Photo by John Keuvelaar)

Janelle Zielinski reaches to hit a shot back.
(MyBayCity Photo by John Keuvelaar)

Coach Roe shows her joy as Garber takes game one.
(MyBayCity Photo by John Keuvelaar)

John Glenn came out strong in the second game. They reeled off the first three points, and then they extended their lead to 10-4. Play settled down as both teams exchanged points without either side gaining an advantage. But Glenn's front line continued to dominate this game with many blocks, kills and well placed shots to help build a 20-11 lead. Garber mounted a comeback as they netted four straight points. But Glenn regrouped to pull off a 25-16 win, tying the match.

Brooke Rosebrock fires her kill shot at the Lady Duke defenders.
(MyBayCity Photo by John Keuvelaar)

Stacie Finkbeiner sets up her teammates at the net.
(MyBayCity Photo by John Keuvelaar)

Monica Skrabut makes her best effort to defend the shot by Alle Hamme.
(MyBayCity Photo by John Keuvelaar)

Adeline Kudrow sets up the next shot.
(MyBayCity Photo by John Keuvelaar)

Brooke Rosebrock fires another winner over the Duke defense.
(MyBayCity Photo by John Keuvelaar)

Erin Casper appears to be catching the ball as she sets up the next shot.
(MyBayCity Photo by John Keuvelaar)

Game three turned into a game of ebb and flow. Glenn took an early lead but the Lady Dukes, as they had done all night, fought back. Their front line re-established a presence at the net lead by Monica Skrabut and teammates Stacie Finkbeiner and Casey Blundell. The two teams battled hard going back and forth with the game being tied at 20 apiece. Glenn then pulled out to a four point lead and was within one point of the win before Garber knocked down two points to pull to 24-22. Brooke Rosebrock sealed the win with a kill down the sidelines giving the Lady Bobcats a 2-1 game advantage.

K Kolb readies the front line of Glenn for the next shot.
(MyBayCity Photo by John Keuvelaar)

The Ladies rejoice over a well earned point.
(MyBayCity Photo by John Keuvelaar)

Monica Skrabut rallies her troops with her net play.
(MyBayCity Photo by John Keuvelaar)

Taylor Gerhardt and teammates congratulate each other on a point.
(MyBayCity Photo by John Keuvelaar)

Game four turned into a real hard fought tight battle between the two teams. Neither team could mount an advantage as they both dove and dug to a 10-10 tie. Then Glenn ignited, scoring five straight points and looking like they were going to run away with the game and district title. But Garber showed no quit as they fought back to take the lead at 17-16.

Both teams felt the urgency of the night as they continued to dive and make great one hand saves on what appeared to be sure points. After Garber pulled ahead 22-20, Glenn's Brooke Rosebrock seemingly put her team on her back to carry them through. She finished the next four points with two cross court kills, a block at the net for a point and another kill to put her Lady Bobcats to within one point of the title at 24-22. Fitting of the night, Garber fought right back taking a 25-24 lead. Then Rosebrock tied the score with another kill and followed that with an ace serve that landed just at the back line pulling her team back to within a point of the title. The final point was another fierce scramble by both teams. When the ball landed just past the diving Lady Dukes, John Glenn celebrated their first ever district volleyball crown with a 27-25 game win and a 3-1 match win.

Brooke Rosebrock makes a shot while being defended by Casey Blundell.
(MyBayCity Photo by John Keuvelaar)

Adeline Kudrow strikes her serve.
(MyBayCity Photo by John Keuvelaar)

Stacie Finkbeiner makes a shot at the net.
(MyBayCity Photo by John Keuvelaar)

The thrill of victory.
(MyBayCity Photo by John Keuvelaar)

Lady Bobcats express their sheer joy as the awards are handed out.
(MyBayCity Photo by John Keuvelaar)

Coach Liz Roznowski lifts the district trophy.
(MyBayCity Photo by John Keuvelaar)

While they will surely enjoy this accomplishment, John Glenn is already back to work preparing to take on a very tough Cadillac team in Regional play. Cadillac swept through their districts and post a 32-6-1 record. Given the tenacity of Glenn's effort Friday night, they will give Cadillac all they can handle as they look to bring home a Regional title. Game time is Tuesday at 5:30 pm at the Houghton Lake High School.

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msberose Says:       On November 05, 2012 at 08:46 AM
I would personally like to thank John Keuvelaar for the outstanding coverage of this game. I was there but if you weren't you can feel the excitement that went on in his article. It's great to see coverage of local teams and what they have accomplished. John Glenn Varsity Volleyball made school history with this win and it is something we are all proud of. Again, awesome article, amazing writing. Thank you!
roznowskil Says:       On November 05, 2012 at 10:30 AM
John Keuvelaar,

Thank you SO much for the detailed article. It is great to have coverage for our area teams, as they work very hard both on and off the courts. The pictures tell a story on their own, but I especially appreciate the articulate reporting with correct facts, scores, and emotions of the game. Great coverage!

Coach Lisa Roznowski
JG Volleyball
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John Keuvelaar is a college student at Midwest Photography Workshops and Delta College.

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