IRON MOUNTAIN - The host Mountaineers came back from the brink of elimination to capture the 12-team Iron Mountain Invitational junior varsity volleyball tournament.
In the best of three championship match, Iron Mountain lost the first game to rival Kingsford and trailed by nine points in the second game.
Mountaineer coach Lori Cevigney credited her team's tenacity and heart in battling back for the 12-21, 21-19, 15-13 victory.
Iron Mountain prevailed in the 12-team Iron Mountain Invitational junior varsity volleyball tournament. The Mountaineers, front row, from left: Alli Cevigney, Hailey Ellis, Paige Fortner, Sarah Bogaudo, Alli Weslin and Hailee Zambon. Back row, from left: Greta McCash, Ellie Podgornik, Sydney Maher, Caitlin Johnson, Anni Cevigney, Janey Christiansen, Anjie Armburst, Kameron Braden, Lexi Verrette, Maia Shampo, Denae Brock and Coach Lori Cevigney.
"Kingsford has a fantastic program," Cevigney said. "It was anyone's game. We had momentum on our side and made some really good decisions in the second and third set."
Iron Mountain wound up with a 10-1 overall record. Kingsford came out of pool play with a 6-0 ledger and the Mountaineers matched that mark but claimed the second seed.
Kingsford logged a 9-3 record on the day.
"It was a great match," said Flivver coach Jerry Roberge.
In the quarterfinals, Forest Park defeated Niagara and Marquette spilled North Dickinson. Iron Mountain bounced Forest Park and Kingsford ousted Marquette in the semifinals.
Coach Cevigney commended Alli Cevigney for her setting along with the net play of Anni Cevigney and Sarah Bogaudo.
"Wherever the ball is, she (Alli) is there setting up her team for a good hit, or dumping the ball over the net when she sees a hole," coach Cevigney said. "As a whole, our team served extremely well all day. When the points were really crucial, they served the ball in."
Flivvers' Ali Gering tallied 68 kills and Madison Bethke had 21 for the day; Hannah Carlson, Sierra Fortner and Savannah Martin each produced over 50 digs; Nicky Roberge notched 121 assists; Maria Clement led the Flivvers in serving with 93 percent while Hailey Bourgeois, Kailee Drake and Brandie Winkler also stood out in that department.
In other action, Kingsford remained unbeaten in Great Northern Conference junior varsity volleyball with a 3-0 (25-11, 25-12, 15-12) victory over Menominee.
Coach Roberge cited the setting of Fortner and Martin ("both setting for the first time and did a great job), serving of Shaylee Meyer, and Ainsley Alfaro, and hitting of Lauren Champion and Gering.
Kingsford's overall record is 25-4.