KINGSFORD - Kingsford, runner-up in the first volleyball tourney of the season, came back to capture the Great Eight Classic on Saturday.
The Flivvers tallied a 12-2 record for the team title. Runner-up Forest Park wound up 11-3 and third-place Florence was 10-4.
"It's a long day and they played 14 sets," Flivver coach Mandie Meyer said of the seven-hour event. "But what I loved is that they stayed aggressive, they stayed upbeat."
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Kingsford registered a 12-2 record in winning the Great Eight Classic volleyball tournament. The Flivvers, front, from left: Coach Mandie Meyer, Amanda Goudreau, Carlee Benzie, Margo Wittenbach, Marissa Menghini, Brooke Sanford, Sarah Kleikamp, Lillian Slajus and Shelby Londo. Back: Lauren Smith and Andrea Roell.
Meyer, whose Flivvers took second in last week's Kingsford Invitational, didn't miss a beat after tourney breaks.
"When they had time to eat or relax, they came back fired up," Meyer said. "They just never gave up."
Kingsford's two losses came to Forest Park (18-21, 21-17) and Florence (16-21, 21-18).
"They're two very competitive, two very good teams," Meyer said.
Coach Kim Bjork's Trojans also lost both games to Iron Mountain. Lexi Gussert led the Trojans attack with 66 kills for the day.
"We had a good day," Bjork said. "Our team is improving with each match."
Trojans had to make some changes to their rotation when left side hitter Sam Nylund went out for the day with an ankle sprain.
"The girls did a nice job pulling together and filling into different positions," Bjork said. "I'm happy with our performance. Lexi (Gussert) had a nice day at the net hitting and blocking. She is our go to player."
Florence, in its first action of the season, saw Aly Young connect for 25 kills, while teammate Lauren Joerns added 21 more.
"I was surprised by the opening games jitters from my team of quite a few seasoned veterans," Bobcats coach Trudy Rochon said. "But they had a nice day in the end. This tournament sports really great competition and Florence is proud of their third place finish and 10-4 record. It's good to see what we really need to focus on before our conference season starts."
Also in the round-robin tourney, fourth-place Iron Mountain recorded a 7-7 mark, followed by Niagara and Norway, 5-9, and North Dickinson and West Iron County, 3-11.
"We played really well our first three matches," Knights coach Nicole Anderson said. "However, we were unable to maintain that momentum after our lunch break. The girls are learning and improving with every game. As a team, we need to play more consistently and eliminate the unforced errors.
"Our senior captains did a great job of motivating their team. Heather Evosevich and Bailey Grayvold had nice all-round performances for us. Leah Mattson was strong at the net and Lexi Negro did well running our offense and playing defense."
Maryellen Wagener (47 kills in 14 games), Kaitlyn Lundin (28 kills), Abby Bagnieschi (42 assists) and Danielle Bennett (27 assists) paced the Badgers.
Kingsford returns to action Thursday, Sept. 6, against North Dickinson.
"We didn't pass the ball well, so you're not going to run much of an offense when that happens," Lady Badgers coach Carol St. Arnauld said.
On Tuesday, Niagara hosts Florence, Norway entertains Gwinn and West Iron visits Calumet. Thursday's schedule shows Forest Park traveling to Bark River-Harris while Iron Mountain and North Dickinson head to Negaunee.
Available summary follows:
Danielle Bennett - 3 kills, 27 assists; Maryellen Wagener - 47 kills, 5 digs, 1 assist; Becky Beauchamp - 3 assists; Madisin DePas - 1 dig; Shelby Borchardt - 7 kills, 21 digs, 1 assist; Kaitlyn Lundin - 28 kills, 1 assist; Abby Bagnieschi - 3 kills, 42 assists; Shanna Nordell - 12 kills, 6 digs; Melinda MacDonald - 3 digs; Paige Lindlbauer - 5 digs, 1 assist
Emma Baumgart - 1 kills, 1 block, 100 percent serving; Keaghan Doda - 1 kill, 8 aces; Morgan Walker - 18 kills, 2 blocks, 100 percent serving; Sarah Walstrom - 4 kills, 2 blocks, 4 aces; Shannon Drexler - 17 kills, 7 aces; Heather Marin - 8 kills; Aly Young - 25 kills, 10 blocks, 45 assists, 11 aces; Kelsey Rogers - 3 kills, 1 ace; Lauren Joerns - 21 kills, 45 assists, 11 aces; Kristen Schroeder - 1 ace
Hannah Marinoff - 3 aces, 31 digs; Sam Nylund - 2 kills, 6 digs; Kendra Campbell - 22 kills, 9 aces, 31 digs, 2 blocks; Maria DeMuri - 1 dig; Maria Stankewicz - 2 kills, 12 aces, 21 digs, 3 blocks, 87 assists; Mindy DeNell - 8 kills, 3 aces, 51 digs, 5 assists; Michaela Steiro - 5 kills, 4 digs; Lexi Gussert - 66 kills, 5 aces, 47 digs, 9 blocks, 2 assists; Toni Santi - 1 kill; Mary Grandahl - 2 kills, 2 blocks; Abby Sommers - 1 ace, 7 digs; Libby Hansen - 1 dig; Gina Graff - 9 aces, 56 digs.