Prep volleyball: Mattson helps Munising remain unscathed

MUNISING – Frankie Mattson made eight kills and served four aces to lead Munising to a sweep of North Central in a Central Upper Peninsula Conference high school volleyball match on Tuesday evening.

The Mustangs won 25-15, 25-14, 25-18 to improve to 5-0 overall and in the CUP.

MHS teammate Bailey Downs added four kills and 12 assists, while Megan Watson chipped in with four aces and eight digs.

“We served very well,” Munising coach Josh Cole said. “I also stress defense and the girls performed that very well.

“It was a great team effort overall.”

Munising won the JV contest in two sets, 25-8, 25-18.

Norway 3, Ishpeming 1

At Norway, the Hematites got off to a fast start by winning the opening game, but then lost three straight to slip to 0-3 in the Mid-Peninsula Conference and 2-4-5 overall. The Knights won 23-25, 25-17, 25-17, 25-21.

“Our girls started out well and I see improvement every match,” Ishpeming coach Amy Rautiola said. “But we’re still struggling to find our team chemistry. When we fall behind, we just don’t have what it takes to come back from it.”

IHS junior Jessica Spencer made nine kills and added six aces and three blocks, while senior Mollie Pruett had 17 assists, sophomore Sinead Korvela 16 digs and four kills, junior Cora Bleau 14 digs, junior Torie Beltrame four kills and two blocks, and junior Tammy Simula three aces and two blocks.

The Hematites host another M-PC rival, Iron Mountain, at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday.

Norway won Tuesday’s JV match, 25-23, 25-23.