By RON DEUTER
KINGSFORD - Kingsford took another step toward wrapping up the Great Northern Conference volleyball title here Tuesday night, easily dispatching Escanaba 25-14, 26-16, 25-11.
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Kingsford’s Carlee Benzie slams a shot into the Escanaba defense during Tuesday’s Great Northern Conference match.
"We still have to win and keep playing hard," Flivvers coach Mandie Meyer said. "But we control our own destiny which is nice."
The Flivvers, now 8-0 in league play, have matches at Marquette and home against Gladstone to conclude the conference schedule. A win at Marquette Thursday should assure the Flivvers of at least a piece of the conference crown.
Eight kills by Carlee Benzie, six from Andrea Roell and another four from Margo Wittenbach helped the Flivvers power past the Eskymos. All three sets remained tight early before Kingsford pulled away. In set one, the Flivvers closed on a 8-1 run. Set two was at 13-12 before Kingsford went on a run, and the final set was 10-9 until a 15-2 push.
"We've been working on being more aware of what's going on on the other side of the net," Meyer said. "We're trying to be more aware so we're not just playing mindless volleyball. We're trying to be a little more game smart.
"Every game I feel like we're improving. They're picking up things left and right. It makes my job easier, and it's been fun."
Kingsford proved strong at the serving stripe as well, with Shelby Londo's five aces leading the way.
"We struggled to serve receive tonight," Escanaba coach Bron Harmon said. "We really struggled, and we were looking to blame somebody else for why the ball was passed poorly. That's a problem when we're not taking responsibility for what we're doing."
Alliyah Edwards led the Eskymos with six kills. Ashley Cook had five digs.
Escanaba dropped to 1-7 in GNC play. The Flivvers took the jayvee match 25-18, 25-9, 15-12. The Flivver's were led by the passing of Lacey Walsh and Sierra Fayas and the hitting of Sammie Lindeman, Abby Michaud and Bonnie Huses. Amber Larson and Sammy Zander were 100 percent serving.
Statistical leaders follow:
KINGSFORD: Carlee Benzie - 8 kills, 2 aces, 4 digs; Marissa Menghini - 3 aces, 2 digs; Andrea Roell - 6 kills, Brooke Sanford - 3 kills, 19 assists, 1 dig, 1 block assist; Lillian Slajus - 3 kills; Margo Wittenbach - 4 kills, 2 aces; Lauren Smith - 1 block, 1 block assist; Shelby Londo - 5 aces.
ESCANABA: Holly Ettenhofer - 2 aces, Ashley Cook 5 digs; Alexa Langsford - 5 assists; Alliyah Edwards - 6 kills.