Prep volleyball: Ishpeming splits at Stephenson, Gwinn scores M-PC sweep at Manistique

STEPHENSON – A two-set 25-11, 25-6, non-conference loss to host Stephenson on Tuesday night left the Ishpeming High School girls volleyball team with a split in a triangular meet.

The Hematites opened the night with a four-set 25-21, 18-25, 25-23, 25-10, Mid-Peninsula Conference triumph over Norway.

Against Stephenson, Mollie Pruett recorded six assists, a kill and an ace, while teammate Jessica Spencer added two kills and four digs.

“Stephenson has some great blockers and hitters,” IHS head coach Amy Rautiola said. “We played timid and couldn’t pass very well.”

Against Norway, Spencer collected 19 kills, six aces and six digs. Pruett gained credit for 20 assists; Sinaed Korvela posted 10 kills; and Cora Bleau totaled 10 kills and five digs for the Hematites (7-12-6 overall, 2-6 M-PC).

“We started with great intensity,” Rautiola said. “The girls played as a team all four sets and we communicated well.”

Ishpeming’s JV squad beat Norway, 25-20, 21-25, 25-15 and lost to Stephenson, 2-0 (scores unavailable).


Gwinn 3, Manistique 0

At Manistique Tuesday night, Gwinn High School raised its overall season record to 8-1 with a 25-21, 25-20, 25-9, Mid-Peninsula Conference victory.

Bella Wedig led the way with seven kills and 18 digs for the Modeltowners, now 6-1 in the league.

“Bella had an awesome night,” GHS head coach Stephanie Bahrman said. “She was our go-to person and she was digging most of the balls.

“We started off a little nervous and slow like we usually do. But once the girls found their intensity, they picked it up and played well.”

Shelby Talsma posted six kills and a block for GHS. Katie Aho added five aces and a block; Ashley Childs recorded 12 digs; and Kaylee Arnsparger collected 21 assists.

“(Ellie) Olsen had a great game, too,” Bahrman said. “When she was in the back row, that was when we were the strongest.”

The Emeralds took the JV match, 2-1 (no scores available).


Calumet 3, Negaunee 0

At Calumet Tuesday night, the Negaunee High School girls volleyball team fell prey to the host Copper Kings, 25-17, 25-12, 25-14.

“We knew coming in Calumet was well coached with excellent fundamentals,” said NHS head coach Annette Gleason.

“We played good defense against their hard hitters, but we couldn’t handle their speed and their blocks.”

Rosalie Anderson paced the Miners with five kills, four aces and three digs.

Teammates Adena Anderson and Jayda Johnson added seven and four digs, respectively. Johnson also collected six assists for the 6-6 Miners.

“Calumet made us step up our game tonight,” Gleason said.

Calumet won the junior varsity match, 25-15, 25-14.


Cougars move to 11-1

The Cougars improved to 11-1 in the Central U.P. Conference on Tuesday with a four-set 20-25, 25-11, 25-20, 25-17 win over Rapid River in Eben.

Vanessa Freberg led the Cougars’ attackers with eight kills, followed by Brooke Pasanen with six and Teslyn Tyner with five. Ally Bray had 13 assists.

Tyner and Freberg led Superior Central in digs with eight and seven, respectively. Freberg also led SC in blocking with four.

On Monday, the Cougars beat Bark River-Harris 25-23, 25-16, 18-25, 25-16.

SC was led by Vanessa Freberg, who posted 10 kills, three aces, two blocks and eight digs. Teslyn Tyner added eight aces, four kills and seven digs, while Cougars teammate Brooke Pasanen chipped in five kills, six aces, 12 assists and seven digs.

Ally Bray contributed 15 assists, 11 digs and four aces.

“We played OK,” SC head coach Kris Bray said. “We committed too many unforced errors, which kept the sets close.

“I was pleased with our net play (though), especially with our blocking.”