MARQUETTE - Kingsford, continuing to make progress under first-year coach Mandie Meyer, downed Marquette in four games, 25-23, 25-27, 25-19, 25-17, in Great Northern Conference volleyball play on Thursday.
"I'm to the point now where it's not just playing bump, set, spike volleyball," Meyer said. "We're a little more systematic where were going to give it to this person and run this play.
"I think we have great personnel that can develop into that kind of team."
Marquette’s Tayler Smith (13) and Hunter Viitala (6) defend Kingsford’s Andrea Roell (8) in Thursday’s Great Northern Conference volleyball match in Kingsford. (Iron?Mountain Daily News photo by Burt Angeli)
The Redettes outlasted the Flivvers in the second set, with an Angela Brown serve and Hunter Viitala hit closing out the win. Marquette fought to ties late in the other three sets.
"These were pretty evenly matched teams," Marquette coach Sara Peura said. "I think both sides played pretty well in a real competitive match.
"We had some real good hits and real good blocks. I just don't think we finished our game. They finished and we kind of stepped back on our heels."
Benzie paced the Flivvers with nine kills, followed by Wittenbach, nine; Andrea Roell and Lillian Slajus, three, and Lauren Smith, two. Sanford collected 28 assists.
Boyle's nine kills, Addison Piotrowski's 13 assists and Tayler Smith's four blocks topped Marquette.