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No sweat

Kingsford breezes into ‘B’ district final

October 31, 2012
By BURT ANGELI - Sports Writer , The Daily News

KINGSFORD - Kingsford chalked up another three-set sweep over Menominee, cruising past the Maroons 25-17, 25-14, 25-6 in a Class B District 64 volleyball semifinal Tuesday.

The unbeaten Great Northern Conference champion Flivvers also swept the Maroons in two league matches this season.

"A mixture of the two," said Coach Mandie Meyer when asked if her Flivvers played that well or the Maroons struggled. "My girls just played solid."

Article Photos

Burt Angeli, Iron Mountain Daily News Photo
Kingsford’s Andrea Roell (8) slams the ball past Menominee’s Rachel Thoune (9) in Tuesday’s Class B District 64 volleyball semifinal against Menominee. Flivver teammates Brooke Sanford (12) and Shelby Londo (24) follow the play.

Kingsford rolled to 9-2 and 21-11 leads in the first set. Kills from Karli Barley closed the gap to 23-17.

"The girls started strong," Menominee Coach Sarah Betzinger said. "They were very fired up and determined to win."

The second set saw the Flivvers jump out to a 12-2 advantage. Spikes from Lauren Smith and Lillian Slajus, with Brooke Sanford throwing in a nice back set, closed out the second game.

Kingsford, with Wittenbach firing aces and jumping out of the gym for kills, built an 11-1 cushion in the third set.

Wittenbach smacked back-to-back kills in ending the match.

"It's nice to see consistent all-around play from her," Meyer noted.

Wittenbach tallied a team-high 13 kills and six ace serves. Andrea Roell added 10 kills and GNC Player of the Year Carlee Benzie had six.

"I think we passed-serve reception really well," Meyer said. "We utilized the free balls they were giving us so they were executing on those right away which made for short rallies.

"It was smart volleyball."

"I am proud of their play tonight and the season," Betzinger said. "I had hoped for a different end, but it has to come some time.

Amanda Pedersen, sister of starting University of Wisconsin tight end Jacob Pedersen, led the Maroons with five kills.

Kingsford will host Gladstone, a 3-0 winner over Escanaba in another district semifinal, for the district championship at 5:30 p.m. Thursday.

Summary follows:

KINGSFORD

Kills - Margo Wittenbach 13, Andrea Roell 10, Carlee Benzie 6, Lauren Smith 3, Lillian Slajus 1, Shelby Londo 1.

Ace serves - Wittenbach 6, Londo 3, Benzie 1, Marissa Menghini 1.

Assists - Brooke Sanford 30.

Block assist - Roell 1, Sanford 1.

MENOMINEE

Taylor Roman - 3 points, 1 ace, 1 kill; Courtney Conery - 3 points; Allia Stewart - 1 point, 1 kill; Karli Barley - 1 point, 1 kill, 1 block; Sam Krah - 3 points; Maddy Anderla - 3 kills; Amanda Pedersen - 5 kills; Hannah Christensen - 1 point, 4 kills.

 
 

 

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