Prep volleyball: Ishpeming, Gwinn, Marquette win conference matches

ISHPEMING – Head coach Amy Rautiola says her Ishpeming High School girls volleyball team didn’t play as well Thursday night as in its two previous matches.

“But we played well,” she said after the Hematites had swept visiting Westwood, 25-15, 25-20, 25-17.

Jessica Spencer paced IHS (4-9-6 overall, 1-6 Mid-Peninsula Conference) with a reported 22 kills, four aces and four blocks.

Teammate Sinaed Korvela added nine kills and an ace; Mollie Pruett collected 18 assists; Cora Bleau totaled eight digs; and Torie Beltrame posted seven kills.

“We started off with great intensity,” Rautiola said, “but then we got lulled into just pushing the ball over the net and not running our offense.

“Once we talked about that in a time out, the girls picked it up again. We just need to be able to stay with that same intensity.”

Mya Maanika led the Patriots with seven kills and two blocks. Cristine Larson recorded 10 assists, while teammate Elizabeth Dauphinais-VanBuren came up with 13 digs.

Westwood won the junior varsity contest, 25-22, 25-19.


Gwinn 3, Negaunee 0

At Gwinn Thursday, the host Modeltowners posted a 25-18, 25-23, 25-15 Mid-Peninsula Conference victory over Negaunee.

Bella Wedig led the way with 11 kills, an ace and a block. Gwinn teammate Shelby Talsma chipped in eight kills and two blocks; Ellie Olsen turned in eight kills and an ace; and Kaylee Arnsparger recorded 35 assists.

“The girls played awesome, with some great defense and serves,” Gwinn head coach Stephanie Bahrman said after her team had improved to 8-1 overall and 6-1 in the league.

“The first two games were back-and-forth, but we took control in the third game.

“Negaunee’s defense was good,” she added. “They dug a lot of balls.”

Rosalie Anderson fueled the Miners (6-6, 6-3) with seven kills, three aces, a block and two digs. Jayda Johnson collected nine assists; Aubrey Nyman contributed three kills and a block.

“Gwinn’s a hard-hitting team and we were touching balls, but couldn’t finish digs,” Negaunee head coach Annette Gleason said.

“We got more touches on the ball in the second game, but (Gwinn’s Katie) Aho put a lot of points on us while serving.”

Gwinn took the JV matchup, 25-21, 25-12.


Marquette 3, Menominee 2

MARQUETTE – The Redettes celebrated Parent’s Night and the “31 Days of Pink” with a 21-15, 25-17, 25-21, 19-25, 15-10, Great Northern Conference victory over the Maroons on Thursday.

Hunter Viitala led MSHS with 15 kills while Courtney McGovern recorded 25 assists. Elle Pearson led the defense with 17 digs in addition to her six aces, plus MSHS received 10 blocks from Tayler Smith.

“I felt the team took a huge step forward tonight,” MSHS coach Mike Morgan said. “After dropping the first set, we really picked up the defensive intensity and fought back for a 2-1 sets lead. Menominee bounced back to force a fifth and deciding set. Set 5 started off tight, but strong serving and stellar defense propelled us to the win.”

MSHS also won the freshmen match 25-9, 25-20, and the JV contest 25-14, 19-25, 25-12.