Hannahville soccer rallies; Big Bay rolls to volleyball sweep

HANNAHVILLE – Playing from behind is not uncharted territory for the Hannahville soccer team.

The Soaring Eagles have trailed in every match this season, but remained undefeated Thursday by rallying past the Big Bay de Noc Black Bears 2-1.

Hannahville (6-0) trailed at halftime in this match-up.

“We’ve come out flat in some of our matches this year, but we came ready to play tonight,” said Hannahville coach Dan Kleikamp. “The kids keep fighting. They don’t panic when they fall behind.”

Big Bay then won the volleyball match 3-0 (25-20, 25-16, 25-11) for its second victory this season.

In soccer, Junior Tallen Boda scored both of Hannahville’s goals, including the match-winner on a right-angle shot from inside the box with 40 seconds left to play.

“What Tallen can do with the ball is special,” said Kleikamp. “He drives to the net very well.”

Boda also hit his first goal from inside the box, tying the score about midway through the second half.

“They (Hannahville) have two pure scorers, and they do what scorers do,” said Big Bay coach Gary Sporer. “I thought we controlled the middle of the field, but had a tough time getting through their backfield. They’re fast and aggressive to the ball.”

Big Bay freshman David Green opened the scoring by booting the ball into the left side of the net midway through the first half.

Two of Hannahville’s shots hit the goalpost, including one by junior J.J. Larson early in the match. A short time later the Soaring Eagles were denied on a 3-on-0 break by junior goalkeeper Bryce Thompson.

Hannahville sophomore Trace Sagataw was equally as sharp in net, denying the Black Bears on some excellent scoring chances.

“Their goaltender was the most aggressive we’ve seen this year,” said Kleikamp. “Trace also had some nice saves. Both goalies played extremely well.”

Sporer was also impressed with the goaltending.

“I thought both goaltenders played very well,” he said. “This was a great match. This is the best passing we had all year. Overall, I think this is the best we’ve played as a team.”

Hannahville travels to Paradise for a pair of matches this weekend. Big Bay visits Sault Ste. Marie Saturday.

In volleyball, junior Heather LaLonde’s eight-point service run gave Big Bay an insurmountable 19-9 advantage in the third set.

A hitting error by Big Bay enabled the Soaring Eagles to pull within 10-8, but senior Samantha Sundling’s kill provided the Black Bears with a sideout and an 11-8 cushion.

“Heather had a nice run in the last set,” said Big Bay coach Gail DeMars. “Otherwise, our serving could have been better. The girls just weren’t themselves at first. We made a lot of mistakes in the first set. It took a while for them to find their groove. I think this is little bit of a boost for us. I thought Hannahville played well for having such a young team. Watch out for them in a couple years. They’re going to be good.”

Hannahville, comprised mainly of eighth-graders, was within 20-16 in the second before a sideout and four-point run by LaLonde secured that set.

“The girls looked better tonight,” said Hannahville coach Tom Ohman. “Our passing improved and we had a couple blocks. It’s nice that we were able to compete a little tonight. We’re making some progress. The girls are starting to understand the game a little better.”

LaLonde finished with eight aces and two kills. Junior Patience Harris also had eight aces. Classmate Mariah Yonker added three aces and Sundling finished with an ace and three kills.

The Black Bears visit Bark River-Harris Monday. Hannahville has a twinbill at Paradise tonight.