Baldwin's volleyball season ends

Panthers fall in district semifinals

Cierra Pieske



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BALDWIN – Baldwin’s volleyball season ended on Nov. 3 in the Division 4 district semifinal round at home against Brethren.

Brethren won the first two games 25-14, 25-18. Baldwin took the third game 27-25 and lost the fourth 25-18. Brethren lost to Onekama in the championship match on Friday at Baldwin 25-11, 25-13, 25-10

It was the final volleyball appearance for Baldwin senior Cierra Pieske.

“What hurt me is I didn’t have one of my better attackers, one of my better players due to COVID exposure,” Baldwin coach Duane Roberts said referring to Abbigail Oisten. “The girls played hard. The girls over the season put in the work. You could see them working on things they struggled in with the beginning.

“They made strides and gains over the season. Pieske had a stellar last game for me here at Baldwin.”

“I think we did decent but I think we could have done better,” Pieske said. “We could have had better serving.”

It was a better performance overall against Brethren compared to the regular setback to the Bobcats, Pieske indicated, especially in coverage.

One of Baldwin’s highlights was a five-set win over arch-rival Big Rapids Crossroads Charter Academy.

Players returning will be juniors Abigail Oisten at setter, Rachel Carpenter at middle hitter and Aariona  Burrell at middle and opposite,  plus Autumn Heighton at defensive specialist and libero; sophomores Daisy Simmons at outside hitter, Krista Simmons at middle hitter and Naomi Marsh-Robinson at setter and middle hitter and freshmen Selena Knight at defensive specialist and Leijla Hazederavic at opposite setter.