MUNISING - Superior Central fired the opening salvo in the battle for Alger County supremacy by dropping Munising in three straight games in high school volleyball action Tuesday evening.
The Cougars scored a 25-21, 25-19, 25-22 victory at the Mustangs' gym with a balanced attack, according to SC coach Kris Bray.
"We spread around our offense and I think that kept Munising off-balance," she said. "We were very aggressive, and even though that led to a lot of hitting errors, I like that aggressiveness.
"Give Munising credit, they had us off-balance early on, but we have more firepower and we were able to use that once we got established."
Leading the SC (1-0) offense was junior Mikayla Barrows with 10 kills and an ace while she added five digs and two assists. Junior teammate Teslyn Tyner contributed six kills, four digs and three aces, while senior Kelsey Coleman had five kills, seven assists, six digs, three blocks and three aces.
In addition, senior setter Lindsey Richmond had 14 assists while junior Vanessa Freberg added six digs.
For Munising, junior Megan Watson had three aces, while senior setter Jenna Hach contributed eight assists, three kills and two aces.
The Mustangs won the JV match, 25-23, 20-25, 16-14.
Gwinn 3, Norway 2
At Norway, the Modeltowners survived some wild momentum swings to post a 25-20, 25-19, 11-25, 13-25, 15-11 victory over the Knights.
In its first dual match of the season, Gwinn got 10 kills, three assists and a block from senior Morgan Bruce, along with five kills and an ace from junior Chelsea Moton. Senior setter Kaylee Sanderson made 25 of the team's 28 assists, along with 10 of her squad's 39 digs.
"We came out and were talking and not letting balls drop," GHS coach Stephanie Bahrman said. "But the momentum dropped off and we stopped talking starting in Game 3.
"But the girls came back strong in the fifth game and played just like we did in the first two games."
Norway won the JV match, 25-22, 25-19.
Escanaba 3, Negaunee 2
At Escanaba, the Miners used all their energy in building a two-game lead that slipped away as the Eskymos prevailed, 20-25, 23-25, 25-17, 26-24, 15-7.
"We played really well defensively the first two games," Negaunee coach Annette Gleason said. "Our communication was wonderful and we meshed well as a team.
"But we got a little tired in Game 3, both emotionally and physically."
Nevertheless, the Miners came back from a 22-15 deficit in Game 4 to tie the game at 23-23 and 24-24 before falling.
Senior Ashley Veale led Negaunee (1-2) with 11 kills and seven digs while junior Rosalie Anderson added six kills, three digs and two aces and junior setter Jayda Johnson recorded 10 assists.
Escanaba won the JV match, 25-19, 25-22.