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Negaunee overcomes slow start to earn MPC volleyball win at Norway

September 26, 2012
By Journal Sports Staff , The Mining Journal

NORWAY - Negaunee didn't let a slow start on the road get them down as the Miners came back for a 3-1 victory over Norway in a high school volleyball match played Tuesday evening.

NHS, which won 11-25, 25-15, 25-23, 25-17, got a pep talk from coach Annette Gleason after a difficult first game to improve to 2-4 in the Mid-Peninsula Conference.

"We came out slow and we were making mental mistakes," Gleason said. "But we started playing better defense and our hitting came around in the second, third and fourth games.

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Westwood’s Elizabeth Dauphinais-VanBuren (16) digs up a serve in Tuesday’s Mid-Peninsula Conference volleyball match with Iron Mountain. The Mountaineers swept Westwood, 25-19, 25-10, 25-13. (Iron Mountain Daily News photo by Burt Angeli)

"I reminded them that we needed to work together and we'd have to want it more than they did.

"I've been saying that it will take extra work to beat these good M-PC teams."

Junior middle hitter Rosalie Anderson led Negaunee's offense with seven kills while adding six digs. Senior MH Ashley Veale had four kills, two service aces, 11 digs and a block, while senior outside hitter Haley Blake made six kills, seven digs and a block.

And junior setter Jayda Johnson added in 18 assists and six digs.

Negaunee also won the JV match, 25-17, 25-13.

Gwinn 3, Ishpeming 1

At Ishpeming, three teams played a trio of matches, and in the lone M-PC match, Gwinn downed the Hematites, 25-8, 20-25, 25-19, 26-24.

Houghton won both its nonconference matches 2-0, beating Ishpeming, 25-21, 25-21, and Gwinn, 25-22, 25-20.

"We had a few girls under the weather, and it looked like we were zapped in the first game," Ishpeming coach Amy Rautiola said about the match vs. Gwinn. "We would get the ball at the top of the net, and Gwinn's very aggressive front row would just knock it back at us.

"We were able to turn it around by getting the ball up in the second game."

Freshman Sinead Korvela led the Hematites' attack with 12 kills, while senior Alesha O'Brien added eight kills, nine digs and a block. Senior Caitlin Korvela had 27 digs and two aces, senior Natalie Dobson 15 assists and three aces, and senior Brittany Doney four kills and four blocks.

Rautiola was pleased with her team's play against Houghton, a perennial Upper Peninsula powerhouse.

"Our girls' skill levels showed what they're capable of," she said. "I feel like we were running a lot more offensive plays and had longer rallies than we did in the Gwinn match."

O'Brien had two kills and seven digs while Caitlin Korvela added 10 digs and an ace in that match.

Gwinn's JV prevailed over Ishpeming in two straight games.



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