Prep volleyball: Negaunee polishes off Manistique in M-PC match

NEGAUNEE – Head coach Annette Gleason says an all-around good effort by her Negaunee High School girls volleyball team enabled the Miners to sweep visiting Manistique on Tuesday, 25-13, 25-16, 25-21.

“We communicated well and moved well on the court,” she said after the Miners improved to 6-4 overall and 6-2 in Mid-Peninsula Conference play. “We also served consistently well throughout the match.’

Rosalie Anderson led the way with seven kills and three aces. Negaunee teammate Aubrey Nyman posted three kills and three solo blocks; Liesl Flannery contributed four aces; and BreAnna Leanes recorded three aces.

Jada Johnson led the Miners with 10 assists, while Adena Anderson came up with nine digs.

“We came out strong in the first game and played great defense,” Gleason said. “We didn’t give up on any play.”

Negaunee led 22-3 in the second match before the Emeralds came back to make the final score more respectable.

“Flannery had 12 straight points in that game, but Manistique had a server who recorded quite a few points,” Gleason said.

The third set went neck-and-neck, the coach said, before the Miners closed out the game and the match.

“Manistique played good defense there,” Gleason said. “We relied on our servers (to win).”

No stats were available for Manistique.


Cougars sweep Mustangs

At Munising Tuesday night, the host Mustangs suffered a three-game sweep at the hands of the Superior Central Cougars, 21-25, 20-25, 10-25.

“The first game was competitive, but our serving errors gave the first two games away,” Munising head coach Josh Cole said.

The second game, Munising held a 16-0 lead before SC used two long serving runs to close out the set.

“The third game, (the Cougars) took over the gym,” Cole said.

Frankie Mattson posted four kills and two solo blocks for the Mustangs; teammate Bailey Downs added eight assists; and Megan Watson contributed seven digs.


IHS falls to Manistique

At Manistique Monday, the Ishpeming High School volleyball Hematites fell to the host Emeralds in five sets, 25-18, 25-22, 24-26, 8-25, 12-15.

Cheyanne Wedgworth turned in six aces, IHS teammate Sinead Korvela recorded five kills, four aces and 10 digs, and Jessica Spencer contributed 10 kills.

Mollie Pruett added 11 assists.

“I’m very proud of the girls,” IHS head coach amy Rautiola said. “They hustled and played as a tea,m.”

The Ishpeming junior varsity team lost, 22-25, 22-25.


Redettes take Silver division

At the Northern Michigan University Invitational Saturday, the Marquette Senior High School girls volleyball team won the Silver bracket.

The Redettes beat Superior Central and Escanaba, both by 2-0 scores, to take the division after going 3-5 in pool play to make them the sixth seed and place them in the Silver bracket.

MSHS got 77 assists from Martha Storm on the day, which head coach Mike Morgan said was a “very impressive performance.”

Tayler Smith added 25 kills and 14 aces for the Redettes; Morgan Leadbetter chipped in 20 kills; and Hunter Viitala posted 22 kills, 35 digs and eight service aces.

Viitala made the All-Tournament Team.