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Prep volleyball: Flivvers sweep Braves for conference victory

GLADSTONE — The Kingsford Flivvers girls varsity volleyball team took the first set against Gladstone in commanding fashion, slipped a bit in the second and then won the third going away in their 25-9, 25-19, 25-10 Great Northern Conference sweep of the host Braves on Thursday.

“Girls did a good job of … not giving up a set,” Kingsford coach Jaclynn Kreider said. “We need work on being more disciplined in matches like this. We came out fast and strong but then allowed ourselves to be complacent in set two. That’s something we will work on.”

Sophomore Maddy Kreider posted team highs in kills and aces with seven in each category and added seven digs and six assists. Fellow sophomore Alyssa Larson contributed a team-best 10 assists with two aces, senior Elaina Bortolini added four kills, three aces and five digs and sophomore Jenna Viau posted four kills, four digs and three aces.

Junior Bryonna Sanders recorded 14 digs and sophomore Kailey Sundquist had three kills and three digs.

BADGERS 3, WILDCATS 1

LENA, Wis. — For most of the match, Niagara dominated host Lena for much of the match and eventually left with a 3-1 (25-12, 23-25, 25-15, 25-13) victory on Thursday.

“Lena was scrappy and aggressive at the net,” Niagara coach Carol St. Arnauld said. “My girls didn’t back down at the net either, and they did a great job putting the ball down. Our defense, serving, and serve receive was much improved as well.

“This team keeps this level of play and they will do some great things.”

Morgan Borchardt offered another fine all-around performance with 28 assists, 15 kills, nine digs and a block to pace the Lady Badgers. Mallory Sanicki filled the stat sheet as well with 19 kills, five digs, four assists and one block.

Erin Lukowicz added seven kills, eight digs, three aces and two assists, Emma Brasure chipped in with six digs, four kills, four assists and an ace and Abby Wells recorded 16 digs, five assists and two aces.

EAGLES 3, TROJANS 1

CRYSTAL FALLS — The Forest Park varsity volleyball team started slowly against Stephenson on Thursday night and never really recovered as the Eagles ended the Lady Trojans four-match winning streak with a 3-1 (25-13, 25-19, 24-26, 25-14) victory at Eddie Chambers Gymnasium in Crystal Falls.

“Stephenson came to play tonight and we did not,” FP coach Bobbie Anderson said. “We were overconfident, had a lack of energy, and too many missed opportunities. However, we will take this experience, learn from it and get back to work. Hopefully we will see Stephenson again down the road.”

Ema Stepien topped Forest Park with nine kills with Audrey Franz contributing five and Leah Feldhausen recording four. Stepien also posted three blocks, while Feldhausen and Franz chipped in with two.

Charlie Larson led the Lady Trojans with 21 assists and Ashlynn Kannich topped FP with 16 digs. Kannich also fired a team-best three aces.

Larson and Stepien each added six digs and an ace and Franz had four digs and two aces.

Other individual contributors for Forest Park included Ava Fischer (two kills, one block), Lauren Kudwa (one kill) and Elsie Williams (two digs).

NORDICS 3, MUSTANGS 1

MUNISING — The North Dickinson volleyball team might have had a long bus ride home, but that gave them more time to celebrate a 3-1 match win over host Munising on Thursday night.

The Nordics split the first two games, winning the first 25-13 and then dropping the second 25-19. But they earned the victory by sweeping the next two sets 25-14 and 25-23.

“It was a really hard fought game and Munising definitely made us work for it,” said Nordics coach Taylor Johnson. “We benefited from a consistency at the serving line, serving 96% on the night.”

Gabby Schultz led the Nordics with 21 aces, while Micah Lindholm, Jessica Harwath, and Aiden Hord all had 100% serving with 10 4 and 4 aces, respectively.

“Micah Lindholm played the net very well, leading our offense with 17 kills while also contributing 12 digs and two assists,” Johnson added.

Adding to her strong performance serving, Hord also played the net tough with seven kills, two blocks, two assists and nine digs. Harwath chipped in three kills with three assists, while Lily Depotie had five kills, nine digs and two assists. Also contributing in the match win were Mya Grunlund with five aces, six digs, one kill and one assist, Maggie Mattson with six digs and Schultz with 19 assists.

“Overall we played well,” Johnson added. “The girls did a lot of things right — they had great energy, they communicated and they covered the ball well. It was a tough game but it was nice to see all the pieces come together to get the win.”

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