By BURT ANGELI
MARQUETTE - Kingsford, continuing to make progress under first-year coach Mandie Meyer, downed Marquette 3-1 (25-23, 25-27, 25-19, 25-17) in Great Northern Conference volleyball Thursday.
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Kingsford’s Brooke Sanford (12) soars above the net in Thursday’s Great Northern Conference match.
"I'm to the point now where it's not just playing bump, set, spike volleyball," Meyer said. "We're a little more systematic where we're going to give it to this person and run this play.
"I think we have great personnel that can develop into that kind of team."
The Redettes outlasted the Flivvers in the second set, with an Angela Brown serve and Hunter Viitala hit closing out the win. Marquette fought to ties late in the other three sets.
"These were pretty evenly matched teams," Marquette Coach Sara Peura said. "I think both sides played pretty well in a real competitive match.
"We had some real good hits and real good blocks. I just don't think we finished our game. They finished and we kind of stepped back on our heels."
In the opening set, Kingsford recovered from Emily Boyle's serving spree. The senior middle blocker notched eight straight points for a 14-14 tie.
Flivvers snapped a 21-21 draw after a lunging save from Brooke Sanford. An ace from Marquette's Tayler Smith evened the match at 23 but the Flivvers prevailed with the next two points.
Two ace serves from Margo Wittenbach, a pair of kills from Carlee Benzie and Andrea Roell's tipper powered Kingsford from a 19-19 deadlock in the third set.
"They were able to get back in a groove and play good volleyball," Meyer said of those times when the Flivvers struggled.
Kingsford (3-0 GNC) broke loose in fourth set, moving from a 16-16 tie behind Benzie's power hitting.
"Playing a team like Marquette helps me assess where we're at," Meyer said. "Marquette is an excellent team. They were digging up everything.
"It was just a great game both ways with the intensity high."
Boyle's four service aces led the Redettes, who emphasize that facet of the game.
Meyer called Marquette (1-1 GNC) the best serving team her Flivvers have faced.
"We haven't seen a team with that tough a serve and it kind of surprised our girls," Meyer said. "We have a strong serve reception team."
Benzie paced the Flivvers with nine kills, followed by Wittenbach, nine; Andrea Roell and Lillian Slajus, three, and Lauren Smith, two. Sanford collected 28 assists.
Kingsford, also strong in the serving department, notched seven aces from Shelby Londo and five from Wittenbach. Marissa Menghini registered eight digs with five each from Benzie and Wittenbach.
Boyle's nine kills topped Marquette.