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IM downs Norway, 3-0

Theresa Proudfit/The Daily News Norway’s Grace Plante battles Iron Mountain’s Andie Ellis at the net during Tuesday’s volleyball match.

IRON MOUNTAIN — Serving is a part of the game of volleyball that can be game changing for one team versus another. In the Mountaineer gymnasium on Tuesday, the hosts were nearly as efficient as possible in their serving percentage.

Iron Mountain swept Norway 3-0 in non-conference volleyball action, 25-18, 25-16, 25-15.

“We seemed to start out as the pace of the game(s) did tonight,” said Iron Mountain coach Jeanne Newberry. “A tad slow, but as the pace picked up, so did we. My seniors led us tonight in leadership and their play on the floor.”

“It’s not how you start, it’s how you finish,” said first year Norway coach Erika Harnden. “It’s the beginning of our season and we are just getting started. These girls have a lot of potential but we just need to put it all together. Ball control and our hitting accuracy are two things that we will continue to chip away at but I look forward to what this team will accomplish.”

Both teams played with high energy. Communication was also plentiful. With the long-standing rivalry these teams have always had, there was a buzz in the gym. The crowd was into the game throughout.

The Lady Mountaineers began the first and final sets with six-point scoring runs. Norway led 2-0 in each set ironically. Iron Mountain also had a five-point scoring run midway through the second set.

Norway hosts Kingsford on Thursday night in another non-conference tilt. Iron Mountain makes the long trip to Calumet for West PAC Conference action on the same night.