The Fenton varsity volleyball team captured its first regional title since 1992 and its first ever in Class A action, defeating Flushing 25-22, 25-21, 18-25, 25-23 in the regional championship game held in front of a large crowd at Fenton High School on Thursday night.
The win sets up the Tigers in a Class A state quarterfinal game at Davison on Tuesday against Northville at 7 p.m.
The Tigers led two games to one entering the fourth game and found themselves in a battle that never saw two lead changes and seven ties. The last tie was at 23-all, but the Tigers responded with a kill from Patyon Maxheimer, making it 24-23. Serving match point, Kennedy Piwowarczyk served an ace that hit the net and trickled over for the victory.
Fenton overcame an early 8-3 deficit in the first game, taking the lead for good at 21-20 on a kill by Eastman. The Tigers won the game on a Maxheimer kill after a long rally. In the second game, Fenton never trailed. The earned the game victory on a quick set to Eastman for a kill. In the third game Fenton enjoyed an early 5-1 lead but struggled from that point on. The Tigers were within 18-16 after a Flushing violation, but the Tigers never got any closer.
The Tigers’ offense was paced by Maxheimer’s 17 kills, including the last three Fenton kills of the match. Bobbie Eastman added 14 kills, while Maizie Martin had eight kills. Ashley Bearden chipped in six kills.
Defensively, Martin had three block kills, while Maxheimer had 18 digs. Megan Cockin had 15 digs.
For more details on this match read Sunday’s edition of the Tri-County Times.