MARQUETTE - Gwinn and Manistique scored three-game victories in the Mid-Peninsula Conference, while Munising needed four games to dispatch its Central Upper Peninsula Conference foe in high school volleyball on Tuesday evening.
Gwinn 3, Westwood 0
At Gwinn, coach Stephanie Bahrman credited the Modeltowners' aggressive play, particularly on serve receive, for a relatively easy 25-17, 25-19, 25-9 win over the Patriots.
"The girls stayed focused the entire time," Bahrman said. "We served really well and we didn't let Westwood get any runs on points."
She wasn't satisfied with her team's play at the Articatz Autumn Challenge in Marquette on Saturday, when Gwinn went just 2-6 in pool play, as she specifically cited a lack of communication on the court.
"We had a tough practice (Monday)," Bahrman said. "Our girls knew they had to get the job done."
Bella Wedig led Gwinn (2-2 in M-PC) with six kills, while Ashley Childs had team highs of eight service aces and seven digs. Teammate Shelby Talsma added three kills while Kaylee Sanderson had nine assists.
Gwinn also won the JV match, 20-25, 25-17, 25-21.
At Negaunee, the Emeralds' tough servers exposed problems with the Miners' game, according to NHS coach Annette Gleason, as Manistique won 25-16, 25-17, 25-17.
"We struggled with our serve receive, and (Manistique) probably has the best servers in the conference," she said. "Not just one, but two or three. They placed the ball well."
Jayda Johnson had 11 assists, three digs and an ace for the Miners (1-3 M-PC), while teammate Ashley Veale added four kills and seven digs, Aubrey Nyman four kills and a block and Katelyn Johnson four kills and a dig.
Negaunee won the JV match, 2-1, though game scores weren't available.
At Munising, the Mustangs were able to "press the reset button" according to coach Myra Lloyd after a first-game loss to score a 19-25, 25-19, 25-16, 25-13 victory.
"It was parents night and the girls may have been a bit overhyped," she said. "We made a few changes to our serve receive after the first game, and I looked at each girl and asked who was going to be the floor leader.
"All of them in their own way stepped up."
Kat Wendt led the offense for Munising (3-4 CUP) with seven kills, while teammate Katie Immel added six kills and a team-high 18 digs.
In addition, Ciera Bradley had four kills and eight digs, Terri Bond two aces and 14 digs, and senior setter Jenna Hach accumulated three kills, four aces and 18 assists.
Munising also won the JV match, 25-18, 25-15.