Prep volleyball: Negaunee defeats Westwood, Ishpeming to claim W.I.N. trophy

ISHPEMING – Negaunee High School’s girls volleyball team must have been tired of not possessing the W.I.N. Meet trophy.

Coach Annette Gleason’s squad claimed the trophy Tuesday night after a two-year absence by beating both Westwood (3-0) and Ishpeming (3-1) on the Patriots’ home court.

“It’s nice to have it back,” Gleason said. “We had it three years ago, but Ishpeming has had it the last two.”

The Miners clinched the title with an 18-25, 26-24, 25-14, 25-23 win over Ishpeming.

“It hurt us not having any momentum at first,” Gleason said. “But we were finally able to start working together.

“We started moving better, played defense and our hitters stepped up.”

Sinead Korvela recorded two late aces to carry Ishpeming (10-16-7 overall, 3-7 Mid-Peninsula Conference) in the first set.

“We came out with great intensity, but (the Miners) have some great servers who got stuck in the rotation. Mentally, we fell apart,” Ishpeming coach Amy Rautiola said.

Negaunee (8-6, 8-3) overcame a late 20-17 Ishpeming lead in the second set behind a couple of kills by Katelyn Johnson, then rolled in the third set with the help of three straight aces by Adena Anderson.

The deciding set saw the Miners rally from a 20-16 deficit with a 9-3 run. A late NHS time out apparently sparked the Negaunee surge.

“I told the girls they needed to stay composed,” Gleason said.

Johnson finished with nine kills, Rosalie Anderson added eight and two aces; Adena Anderson recorded 13 digs; and BreAnna Leanes came up with seven aces for the Miners.

For Ishpeming, Korvela turned in six kills and four aces; Mollie Pruett collected 17 assists; and Jessica Spencer finished with 14 kills and two aces.

Against Westwood, in which the Miners won by a 25-20, 25-21, 25-19 score, Gleason said the winners put it all together to take all three sets.

“Our serving, passing and hitting came together,” Gleason said.

Katelyn Johnson and Jayda Johnson totaled six kills apiece; Rosalie Anderson turned in five; and Leanes came up with five aces.

Westwood got seven kills from Samantha Beauchamp; 20 assists from Cristine Larson; three aces apiece from Nelson and Sarah Conery; and 12 digs from Elizabeth Dauphinais-VanBuren.

“We stayed with them,” Patriots’ head coach Janine Chapman said. “There wasn’t a huge difference in the scores. We just couldn’t make a comeback when it was necessary.”

Westwood gave Ishpeming a battle early, losing the first set 35-19 but winning the second 25-19. The Hematites gained some momentum, however, and finished out the match, winning the last two sets 25-17 and 25-12.

“We had a chance (to win) and had a couple of good runs,” Chapman said. “Our plays were happening, balls were falling and we were making some great passes.

“But (Ishpeming’s) hits just started falling.”

Ishpeming got two aces apiece from Spencer and Korvela that helped win the third set, then Pruett notched three aces and Spencer recorded a pair of kills in the fourth to give Ishpeming the win.

“The (previous) Negaunee match physically and mentally wiped my girls out,” Rautiola said. “We struggled to find our rhythm.

“We went back to the basics and started to get some good passing. The rest followed.”

Korvela posted 10 kills and two aces; Spencer turned in 15 kills, three aces and four digs; and Tammy Simula had five aces.

For Westwood, Miranda Roose recorded six aces; Mya Maanika four kills and five blocks; and Larson 19 assists.

Craig Remsburg can be reached at 906-228-2500, ext. 251. His email address is cremsburg@miningjournal.net.