IRON MOUNTAIN - Iron Mountain got back on track Thursday, overcoming the loss of a starter to defeat Gwinn in four games, 25-11, 19-25, 25-14, 25-20 in Mid-Peninsula Conference volleyball.
The Mountaineers bounced back from Tuesday's rare defeat to league rival Norway.
Sarah Girard spikes and diving digs from Abby Gerhard and Maria Pirkola highlighted the first set.
Gwinn’s Rachel Kurian (5) takes a serve in front of Daabii Reinhardt (9) in Thursday’s match against Iron Mountain. (Iron?Mountain Daily News photo by Burt Angeli)
However, Pirkola went down late in the first set with a match-ending shoulder injury. The Modeltowners came back to win the second set.
Modeltowners' Morgan Bruce collected six kills while Shelby Talsma, Kaylee Sanderson and Katie Aho each added five. Sanderson chipped in 20 of Gwinn's 27 assists. Daabii Reinhart tallied 14 digs and Aho had 13.
"They were aggressive, kept the momentum and didn't let up," Gwinn Coach Stephanie Bahrman said of the second-set victory capped by a Talsma spike. "Iron Mountain played very well (in winning the match). They were smart. They knew where to hit, where to tip and our defense just didn't work around."
MANISTIQUE - The Manistique Emeralds seized the momentum in the fourth set Thursday night, rallying for a 29-27, 23-25, 25-27, 25-12, 15-11 triumph over the Westwood Patriots.
"The two games we lost were so close," said Emeralds' coach Amy Nixon. "We played more to our potential in Game 4. As a team, we served real well. Our serves were consistent and well placed."
Raeanne Robinson led the Emeralds in serving with seven aces. Kelsy Gonyea added five.
At the net, Monica Giles collected nine kills and three blocks. Robinson had six kills and a block.
Maryse Hinkson had 20 assists. Robinson recorded 30 digs and Shanel Bosanic added 20.
"There were a lot of long volleys," said Nixon. "Our girls came out on top in many of those, which really helped our momentum. Both teams were attacking and digging. It would have been interesting to also see some of Westwood's stats."
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RAPID RIVER - Munising fell to the host Rockets Thursday night 25-22, 25-22, 27-25.
Jenna Hach turned in three kills, three aces and a block for the Mustangs (0-4). Teammates Katie Immel, Ciera Bradley and Katherine Wendt added three kills each.
Hach also recorded seven assists, while Immel posted 18 digs.
"We never gave up," Munising coach Myra Lloyd said. "In the second set, were down 7-20 and rallied from there (to make it close).
"Our girls showed some aggressive play all around."
Rapid River won the JV match, 2-0 (25-17, 25-17).