MARQUETTE - Kingsford and Iron Mountain advanced out of pool play Saturday in the Marquette Invitational volleyball tournament.
Calumet defeated Houghton for the third time this season in the championship match, 15-4, 15-11.
"Our success against Houghton is because we come together and start talking, start communicating," said Calumet senior libero Terra Erkkila, who served a string of points in the semifinals that brought her team out of a big deficit to victory against Kingsford. "We started out in the (championship match) real strong. That's important, especially when you're only playing to 15 (points). It makes every game feel like the fifth game of a regular match."
Calumet dispatched Negaunee, Bessemer and Munising in its pool with only one game closer than 15-5, then held off Gwinn in the quarterfinals, 15-13, 15-6, and barely got by Kingsford in the semis, 16-14, 17-15.
Kingsford had leads of 11-6 in each game before the Copper Kings came back.
Coach Mandie Meyer's Flivvers took first in their pool, splitting with Gwinn (15-7, 7-15) and beating Marquette (17-15, 15-10).
After a first-round bye, Kingsford downed Menominee 2-0 (15-11, 15-13) in the quarterfinals.
Ishpeming, fighting to stay up with Mid-Peninsula Conference leader Iron Mountain, was swept by the Mountaineers in pool play but turned the tables in the quarterfinals, 15-12, 15-13.
(Marquette Mining Journal contributed to this story)