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Flivvers hold off IM, 3-1

Theresa Proudfit/The Daily News Iron Mountain’s Leah Larsen looks to attack against the defense of Kingsford’s Ali Doolittle (28) and Kate Cook (15) during Tuesday’s non-conference volleyball match.

IRON MOUNTAIN – In four fun and action-filled sets, Kingsford came away with a 25-22, 18-25, 25-18, 25-16 non-conference victory over Iron Mountain Tuesday evening in the second edition of this fall’s Twin City volleyball rivalry.

The Mountaineer Gymnasium was filled with noise and excitement along with chanting and clapping student sections.

The first set was the closest of the evening. It started off with Kingsford grabbing a 5-0 lead on the serving of Kate Cook. From there, it

went back and forth with neither team gaining a significant advantage through most of the set. The Flivvers added another five-point run late in the set, and even though IM came back within three points, the late run by Kingsford managed to be enough.

In the second set, the seesaw action continued. With Kingsford leading 7-6, Iron Mountain went on an eight-point run behind the serving of Alex Lewis to go ahead 14-7. Kingsford chipped away to get the score to 19-11 when they went off on a five-point scoring run with Katherine Erickson, who’s serving would factor into the match again later in the night. But Iron Mountain prevailed.

IRON MOUNTAIN’S ANDIE Ellis (3) sets as Kingsford’s Kate Cook (15) and Maggie Strehlow (23) look on in anticipation during Tuesday’s volleyball action in Iron Mountain.

The third set was also back and forth until late. With IM leading 13-9, the Flivvers went on a six-point run. Maggie Strehlow, who was very strong at the net all night, served the Flivvers to a 15-13 advantage. IM narrowed the Kingsford lead to 19-18, but Kali Dooley took the ball for Kingsford and her strong serving led them on a six-point run to end the set.

The Mountaineers got out to a 4-0 lead in the final set. But the Flivvers broke the momentum. Erickson took the Flivvers on an incredibly impressive 16-point run with her precise serving. Both coaching staffs noted after the match as to how impressive she was all night in her serving. That particular point run put the Flivvers ahead for good, despite IM chipping away at the large lead.

Also during the fourth set, it should be noted that there was a rally between the two teams, that seemed to go on for nearly two minutes. It went back and forth, players from both teams diving to the floor, over and over. The ball seemed to be in a pinball machine at times, then went sailing up in the air on

both sides of the net, leaving the crowd and everyone else in attendance in awe.

The point that was earned at the end of that rally, which was eventually won by the Lady Flivvers, was certainly the most earned point of the night to say the least.

“Tonight’s competition was strong by both teams. Serve receives on both sides of the net was great tonight” IM head coach Jeanne Newberry said. “The difference in the game tonight was the play at the net, and they were a tad bit stronger there than us. We’d go on a point run, and they’d go on a point run. And that rally, it was fun to watch tonight and I am proud of my team.”

Kingsford coach Jaclynn Kreider in regards to the extremely long rally, “That’s the thing about a game like this when we’re playing our crosstown rivals. Nobody wants the ball to hit the floor in a situation like that. But its extra-added emphasis when we’re playing our rivals.

“Katherine (Erickson) is an incredible server for us, she puts the ball where our coaches tell her to. She was on her game tonight.”

Newberry also noted how impressive Erickson was in the final set during the aforementioned 16-point run.

Newberry also noted the determination her seniors played within their final match versus Kingsford.

Up next for Iron Mountain, is a trip to Gladstone on Thursday for non-conference action.

The Flivvers are off until Monday when they welcome Great Northern Conference rival Menominee.

The JV match was won by the Mountaineers 2-0 (28-26, 25-19). The Mountaineer freshmen were also victorious 2-0 (25-9, 25-16).

IRON MOUNTAIN

Aces: Kalli Balmes 1, Alex Lewis 5, Alyssa Mendini 1, Annslee Runsat 2, Reagan Lundholm 2. Blocks: Anna Rittenhouse 3, Runsat 4.

Digs: Balmes 16, Lexi Hagen 2, Lewis 5, Lily Verette 1, Mendini 2, Runsat 10, Chloe Bianco 4, Lundholm 12, Leah Larsen 6. Assists: Andie Ellis 9, Lewis 9. Kills: Rittenhouse 3, Runsat 11, Bianco 1, Lundholm 5, McKenna Smith 5.

KINGSFORD

Aces: Erickson 4, Cook 1, Dooley 1.

Blocks: Glodowski 2, Cook 3, Strutz 1, Strehlow 1.

Digs: Brooke Kriegl 22, Kali Dooley 6, Lexi Roberge 9, Christy Glodowski 2, Kate Cook 3, Maddy Holmes 2, Katherine Erickson 3, Hannah Strutz 4, Maggie Shrehlow 25, Ali Doolittle 3. Assists: Kriegl 2, Roberge 16, Erickson 23.

Kills: Glodowski 3, Cook 5, Holmes, 3, Strutz 2, Strehlow 21, Doolittle 8.

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