SAULT STE. MARIE - Houghton opened its 2012 volleyball season with a runner-up finish at the mbank Sault Invitational Saturday.
Houghton fell 2-0 (25-5, 25-9) to Petoskey in the championship match.
Earlier, the Gremlins defeated Brimley 2-0 (25-10, 25-22) and Sault High 2-0 (25-23, 25-20) in the first two knockout rounds. Petoskey beat Rogers City in the other semi.
Blaire Zenner was the Gremlins' kill leader for the day, totaling 28 kills. The senior also added a team-best six blocks.
Defensively, Mackenzie Hietala put up 51 digs and Bronwyn Nettell 33. Natalie Datto dished out 47 assists.
Houghton split its six sets in pool play, sweeping Gladstone, splitting with Rogers City and losing both to Petoskey.
The Gremlins (3-2-1) are idle until a Sept. 4 trip to Lake Linden-Hubbell.