Volleyball roundup: Marquette sweeps Flivvs
KINGSFORD — Marquette rallied in every set to beat Kingsford 3-0 (27-25, 25-20, 25-20) in Great Northern Conference volleyball Thursday.
“They fought hard,” said Marquette junior varsity coach Emily Morgan, filling in for head coach Mike Morgan. “Half of the team is sick and we’re missing one of our best defenders (in Tellena Nystrom, concussion). I’m proud of them.”
The Flivvers (2-2 GNC) took a 16-12 lead in the first set after consecutive kills from Olivia Allen and Tori Kowalkowski. The Redettes came back to draw even at 21-21.
With the first set deadlocked at 25, Marquette freshman Seiler Hruska served up an ace and Aspen Michelin followed with a spike.
In the second set, Kingsford bolted to a 9-2 lead before Marquette evened the set at 15-15. The Redettes closed out the set with a 7-2 run as Madison Carter notched an ace and fired a deciding serve that clipped the net and fell to the floor.
Kingsford managed a 12-10 advantage in the third set. Marquette then went on an 8-1 tear. Michelin delivered an ace serve and key points during that stretch.
A block and kill from the Flivvers’ Kate Cook closed the gap to 20-19. But the Redettes followed with a Hruska ace and the Flivvers gave up three points on errors.
“We take Kingsford seriously,” Morgan said. “They always play really tough, really competitive.”
The Flivvers travel to Iron Mountain on Tuesday.
Norway beats Eagles
STEPHENSON — Norway remained unbeaten in Skyline Central Conference volleyball Thursday by beating Stephenson 3-2 (23-25, 25-19, 24-26, 31-29, 15-10).
The Knights (3-0 SC) jumped out to a 22-12 lead in the first set but later stalled.
“I think the girls put the cruise control on for a bit,” said Knights coach Steve Andrews. “We compounded the situation with errors. Our offense was hit or miss all night. We could not maintain any consistency. We started to lose confidence.”
The Eagles held a 2-1 advantage in sets before the Knights responded to win the match.
“The girls dug in and found a way to score points any way they could,” Andrews said. “Jaclyn Bal had a solid game running the offense with double-digit kills. Haley Clifford and Allie Sheski were up and down all night, but came through for their team when they had to. Haley Clifford pounded one home for the set and match.”
The Knights, who swept Rapid River 3-0 on Tuesday, travel to Superior Central on Tuesday.
“Every time you go five sets with a team, you get that much more mentally tough,” Andrews said.
Niagara holds off Coleman
NIAGARA, Wis. — Niagara defeated Coleman 15-12 in the fifth set to win an M&O Conference volleyball match Thursday.
The Badgers lost the first set 25-21 but won the next two 25-12 and 25-10. The Cougars took the fourth set 25-15.
“We started out sluggish in game one and came alive in games two and three,” said Niagara head coach Carol St. Arnauld. “Then in game four we became timid at the net and struggled with our serving.
“This team definitely likes to add some excitement to the court which was evident in our battle during game five.”
A rotation error caused Coleman to lose points in the fifth set.
“That was just enough to ignite our team to finish with the win,” St. Arnauld said. “Our defense definitely was the glue that held this team together.”
Jasmine Racine and Alyssa Cretton each had 11 kills for the Badgers. Cassie Gill had nine kills and Jessica Oratch had eight. Jayden Payette served up five aces.
“My girls showed their will to win and a ‘never say die’ attitude and for that I’m proud of them all,” St. Arnauld said.
The Badgers will play matches today and Saturday in Oshkosh.
Jasmine Racine — 11 kills, 1 block, 9 assists, 13 digs
Alyssa Cretton — 11 kills, 18 digs
Jessica Oratch — 8 kills, 1 block, 1 dig
Jaida Maki — 1 kill, 1 assist, 3 digs
Julia Brown — 1 ace, 25 assists, 11 digs
Jayden Payette — 5 aces, 3 digs
Isabel Wells — 8 digs
Faith Borchardt — 2 aces, 1 assist, 19 digs
Cassie Gill — 1 ace, 9 kills, 5 digs
Olivia Brasure — 5 digs
Bailey Pearson — 3 aces, 2 kills, 1 block, 2 assists, 1 dig
Patriots beat White Lake
WHITE LAKE, Wis. — Goodman-Pembine defeated White Lake 3-2 (25-12, 24-26, 22-25, 25-19, 25-19) for the first Northern Lakes Conference volleyball win under new coach Bob Grandaw.
The Patriots (1-4) lost to Florence 3-0 (25-16, 25-17, 25-12).
GP travels to Suring on Saturday.