By BURT ANGELI
PEMBINE, Wis. - Pembine, led by hard-hitting Kayleigh Betka, outlasted Goodman-Armstrong Creek 3-2 (23-25, 25-19, 22-25, 25-20, 15-9) in a Northern Lakes Conference volleyball rivalry Tuesday.
Betka tallied nine kills while teammates Xaarki Seidel and Gabrielle Johnson combined for nine in a front-line battle with the Falcons' Rachel Stankevich (nine kills).
"They came out strong and ended strong," Pembine Coach Rickee Keeley said. "We work hard and it shows in our games.
"They did real well and I'm proud of them."
GAC Coach Ashley Millan advised her team not to hang its head after a second straight five-set loss in Northern Lakes play.
"We're having problems getting the job done right away," Millan said. "We think we're getting there but we need to get there sooner.
"We can't lag."
GAC snapped a 23-23 tie in the first set after a Pembine serving error and Shelby Maruszcak knocking in the winner.
In the second set, spikes from Seidel and Betka helped the Panthers pull away.
GAC broke a 21-21 tie in the third set with a Maruszcak spike and strong serves from Stankevich. Desiree Hoffman ended the set with a two-hand dunk.
The young Falcons, who gave up plenty of points to the Panthers, made five errors to complete the fourth set.
"Basically, it's making the right choices, looking at their court and knowing what to do," said Millan, whose roster shows four sophomores and freshmen.
One of those young GAC players, freshman Fiona Peed, made a saving bump with her back to the net to keep the match alive in the fifth set. A Betka spike closed out the homecoming match.
"It's just working as a team and communicating," Keeley said. "That's a big thing that I always stress to the girls."
Pembine's Britney Stepien, Marissa Moloney and Hailey Parr tallied three aces apiece. Stepien added 12 assists while Larissa Keeley and Miranda Kelly had three digs each.
Teddy Peed topped the Falcons with five aces and nine assists. Maruszcak tacked on five kills and eight assists. Desiree Hoffman notched three kills.
On Thursday, Pembine (1-1) visits Three Lakes and GAC (0-2) hosts White Lake.
A junior varsity match was not held Tuesday but Coach Steve Keeley's Panther jayvees did open the season last week by beating Crandon.