Prep volleyball roundup: Negaunee Miners stop Ishpeming Hematites in four sets
NEGAUNEE – In what head coach Annette Gleason called an “all-around” good performance, the Negaunee High School girls volleyball team defeated visiting Ishpeming on Tuesday in four sets, 25-21, 17-25, 25-10, 25-18.
Jayda Johnson and Rosalie Anderson led the way. Johnson recorded five kills, two aces and a team-high 17 assists; Anderson nine kills, four aces and a team-best 12 digs.
Hannah Laurila chipped in two kills and two aces for the Negaunee Miners (3-2 overall, 3-0 Mid-Peninsula Conference), while teammate Aubrey Nyman contributed three kills.
“We were able to get a lot of aces and our serve receive improved,” Gleason said. ‘We were also able to set up balls for a lot of kills and kill attempts.”
For Ishpeming (0-2-4, 0-2), Jessica Spencer paced the charge with 10 kills, three aces and two blocks. Mollie Pruett added three kills, two aces and led the Hematites with 12 assists; Sinaed Korvela had three kills; and Cora Bleau posted a team-high 12 digs.
“We definitely played better than (our last match) against Manistique,” Ishpeming head coach Amy Rautiola said.
“Our serving improved, but our serve receive and defense was outplayed. Negaunee played well.”
Ishpeming won the JV match, 2-0.
Bark River-Harris 0
At Munising Tuesday, the host Mustangs improved to 3-0 on the season with a 25-17, 25-17, 25-20 victory over Bark River-Harris.
Frankie Mattson led the way with eight kills, two aces and three blocks.
Mustangs teammate Karlee Decet added six kills and two aces; Bailey Downs recorded 17 assists; and Megan Watson chipped in 21 digs.
“We have some good athletes who adjust on the fly,” first-year Munising head coach Josh Cole said. “We executed our hits well tonight and wound up with 19 (team) kills.
“We also played some good defense. We had six solo blocks.”
Munising lost the junior varsity contest, 2-0.
Superior Central 3,
North Central 2
At Powers, the Cougars shook off a slow start Tuesday night, gaining a 22-25, 25-13, 25-19, 18-25, 15-9 victory over the Jets.
“In the first set, we played a little too cautious,” said Cougars’ coach Chris Bray. “Then, we settled down and started hitting better. Paige (Whitens) was pretty tough at the net for them. We were caught off guard by her at first.”
Vanessa Freberg led the Cougars in serving with 16 points and five aces. Teslyn Tyner added 14 points and two aces and Brooke Pasanen had 13 points and four aces.
Freberg and Mikayla Barrows led the Cougars at the net with nine kills apiece. Pasanen and Ally Bray collected 16 assists each and Freberg led on defense with 11 digs.