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Hosts earn repeat at Forest Park Invite

Lady Trojans defeat Lake Linden in final

September 17, 2012
The Daily News

CRYSTAL FALLS - The host Trojans downed Lake Linden 2-1 (21-17, 18-21, 15-13) to repeat as champions of the Forest Park Invitational high school volleyball tournament Saturday at Eddie Chambers Gymnasium.

"We had a great day," Trojans coach Kim Bjork said. "The girls played hard from start to finish. Lexi Gussert had a great day all around. We had some close games with Lake Linden and we were able to pull out wins. They are a good team, they cover the floor well."

Gussert led the Lady Trojans (17-3-3) with 75 kills on the day.

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Florence’s Lauren Joerns (25) and Shannon Drexler (26) appear to admire teammate Aly Young’s spike in Saturday’s Forest Park Invitational volleyball tournament at Crystal Falls.

In the semifinals, Forest Park clipped Stephenson 2-0 (21-13, 21-15) and Lake Linden topped Iron Mountain 2-1 (16-21, 21-13, 15-9).

Forest Park and Lake Linden both posted 7-1 marks in pool 2. However, Forest Park tallied 166 points to 150 for the Lakes in gaining the top seed.

In a pool play match to open the tournament, Forest Park bowed to Lake Linden 21-19 in the first game and took the second 21-12. The Lady Trojans then defeated L'Anse (21-12, 21-12), Munising (21-11, 21-13) and North Dickinson (21-11, 21-13).

North Dickinson and L'Anse, both finished 3-5, and Munising, 0-8, in pool 2.

Coach Jeanne Newberry's Mountaineers, 7-1, paced pool 1, followed by Stephenson, 6-2; Florence, 5-3; West Iron County, 2-6, and Watersmeet, 0-8.

Shannon Drexler, with 18 kills, led Florence's attack.

"Shannon has a nice day with only one miss in 43 attempts," Bobcats coach Trudy Rochon noted. "She is playing nice aggressive volleyball."

The Bobcats split with Iron Mountain (18-21, 23-21) and fell to Stephenson (18-21, 21-23) while defeating Watersmeet (21-13, 21-11) and West Iron County (21-19, 21-14).

Available statistics follow:

Florence

Emma Baumgart - 3 kills, 3 blocks; Keaghan Doda - 4 digs, 7 aces; Morgan Walker - 3 kills, 1 dig, 1 ace; Sarah Walstrom - 1 dig, 1 ace, 100 percent serving; Heather Marin - 1 kill, 1 dig; Aly Young - 13 kills, 6 blocks, 17 assists, 8 aces; Rhianon Franklin -1 kill; Lauren Joerns - 13 kills, 1 block, 17 assists, 1 dig, 6 aces; Shannon Drexler - 18 kills, 4 digs, 5 aces.

Forest Park

Lexi Gussert - 75 kills, 10 aces, 41 digs, 1 assist, 14 blocks; Sam Nylund - 21 kills, 6 aces, 28 digs, 3 blocks; Gina Graff - 6 aces, 43 digs; Maria Stankewicz - 2 kills, 14 aces, 10 digs, 89 assists; Abby Sommers - 1 kill, 2 aces, 22 digs, 2 assists; Mindy DeNell - 10 kills, 10 aces, 53 digs, 5 assists; Libby Hansen - 3 digs; Maria DeMuri - 1 kill, 4 digs, 1 block; Mary Grandahl - 3 kills; Toni Santi - 1 kill, 1 block; Hannah Marinoff - 1 dig; Michaela Steiro - 3 kills.

 
 

 

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