Prep volleyball: Munising finds its stride against Big Bay de Noc, cruises to 6-0

MARQUETTE – Munising found its stride in the second half of its high school volleyball match at Big Bay de Noc on Thursday evening to remain undefeated this season.

In another match, Ishpeming lost at home in three straight sets to Mid-Peninsula Conference power Iron Mountain.

Munising 3,

Big Bay de Noc 0

At Cooks, the Mustangs improved to 6-0, all in Central Upper Peninsula Conference matches, with a 25-18, 19-25, 25-13, 25-11 victory.

“We were flat and kind of sluggish at the start, we didn’t execute defensively or offensively very well,” Munising coach Josh Cole said. “But the loss was a wake-up call. We got back to basics, and our girls adjusted and got back to normal.”

Cole noted that his varsity team starts three freshman, so some ups and down have to be expected this early in the season.

One of those frosh, Frankie Mattson, had eight kills and five service aces, while another, Bailey Downs, added four kills and 15 set assists. Senior teammate Megan Watson had three aces and 11 digs.

The Mustangs also won the JV match, 25-14, 25-19.

Next for Munising is a CUP match at Carney-Nadeau at 7:15 p.m. Tuesday.

Iron Mountain 3,

Ishpeming 0

At Ishpeming, Hematites coach Amy Rautiola was encouraged by her team’s improvement, if not the result in the Mountaineers’ 25-18, 25-19, 25-22 victory.

“We played much better than we did (earlier in the week) at Norway,” Rautiola said. “The communication and teamwork was much better.”

Junior Jessica Spencer led Ishpeming (2-5-5 overall, 0-4 M-PC) with five kills, three blocks, eight digs and an ace, while sophomore Sinead Korvela added four kills and six digs. In addition, senior Mollie Pruett had 11 assists while senior Cora Bleau made 10 digs.

The Hematites had to play catch-up in the first two sets, then had a lead it couldn’t protect in the third.

“Iron Mountain really works well as a team, they communicate very well,” Rautiola said. “We just have a tough time figuring out how to end sets.”

IM also prevailed in the JV match, 25-5, 25-22.

Ishpeming is off until Saturday, Sept. 28, when it plays in the all-day Marquette Invitational with most of the area’s other schools.