Posted On: 09/11/19 10:08 AM

The 19th annual Birch Run Invitational brought the heat. At the 15 team tournament, the competition was fierce. Six of the 15 teams are currently ranked amongst the top 15 between D2-D4. While three other teams are receiving votes in their respective division. Utica (HM D1) came out victorious after topping North Branch in 3 sets.

Here's a breakdown of the teams and players who showed up to play at the highly coveted tournament. 

Pool A

Boyne City came out of the pool victorious before falling in the quarter-finals of the gold bracket. Boyne was led by a trio of returning All-Region players. Setter Annabelle Seeley paced the offense between her hitters to great effect. The OH duo of Brooklyn Fitzpatrick and Gabby Musser gave teams constant pressure.

The hosts Birch Run also made it into the 8 team gold bracket. Relying on good ball control and balanced attack, the Panthers made it to the semis before dropping to eventual champ Utica. Leading the offense was OH Sarah Miller - a 2018 All-Region selection -  who brought a heavy arm. 

Just missing the mark of gold bracket came Adrian. Adrian would go on to the silver bracket

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