Iron Mountain spikers power past West Iron, 3-1, in a West PAC tilt

(Matt McCarthy/Daily News photo) Iron Mountain’s McKenna Smith (23) winds up to spike the ball, as West Iron’s Jordan Shamion (5) prepares for block attempt, Thursday night at Iron Mountain. The Mountaineers’ Annslee Runsat (18) and Lulu McCash (12) look on.

IRON MOUNTAIN — In a four set match here Thursday night, Iron Mountain defeated West Iron 3-1 (25-21, 25-23, 21-25, 25-17) in West PAC Conference action.

“The girls played great tonight,” said veteran Iron Mountain head coach Jeanne Newberry. “Strong serving by Alyssa Mendini in the fourth set with three of her nine aces on the night, finished the match for us.”

Annslee Runsat’s 18 kills and McKenna Smith’s eight kills and a combined seven blocks added to the Lady Mountaineers’ success in the match, Newberry added.

“Setters Lulu McCash, Leah Larsen and Andie Ellis assists were another key to our success tonight,” Newberry said.

Defensive specialist, as she’s called by Newberry, Lexi Hagan, had 10 digs in the match.

The Mountaineers and Wykons compete in the first two rounds of West PAC Conference Tournament on Saturday. Iron Mountain will play in Gwinn and West Iron travels to the second site, Houghton.

Iron Mountain won both the JV and freshmen matches on the night. “Both of those teams have been playing great,” Newberry said. “Their serving has really come along.”

The Wykons’ home match versus Norway on Monday has been canceled. On Tuesday, the Mountaineers host Gwinn, while West Iron travels to Forest Park on the same night.


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