ISHPEMING - Coach Janine Chapman's Westwood Patriots are still looking for their first win of the girls high school volleyball season, but it isn't from lack of effort.
"They try. They try extremely hard," she said after the Patriots dropped a three-game 25-14, 25-19, 25-13 decision to visiting Manistique on Wednesday night. "It's all I can ask of them.
"I want them to get that 'W'. I want them to know how great that feels."
Westwood’s Mya Maanika goes for a kill as Manistique’s Monica Giles gets ready to block during the first game at Westwood on Wednesday. (Journal photo by Matt Keiser)
Dominated from the get-go, Westwood struggled at serve receive all night and the Emeralds took advantage with 23 aces.
"Just a couple of their servers took control," said Chapman, whose team is now 0-9 overall and 0-8 in Mid-Peninsula Conference play.
Raeanne Robinson and Cayla Strasser posted seven aces apiece for Manistique (7-3, 5-2). Maggie Morrison added six.
"We only had five (service) errors the whole night," Emeralds coach Amy Nixon said. "That's a low number for us.
"To serve that well is good for us."
The Patriots trailed just 15-13 in the first game before Manistique went on a 10-1 run to put the set on ice. Robinson and Morrison posted two aces apiece for the Emeralds.
"We were definitely ready," Nixon said. "We were coming off a tough match with Iron Mountain, and looking to bounce back and dominate.
"The girls came out ready to prove they could do it."
The Patriots got to within 23-19 in the second game behind aces by Sydney Turino and Courtney Burke before the Emeralds' Monica Giles ended the scoring with a kill.
"We started to play better as a team," Chapman said. "We made better passes and ... made better decisions.
"We just didn't have enough oomph to get back in it."
Manistique had a lot to do with that, as Robinson opened the third game with two aces. Strasser added six later on as the Emeralds went up 20-6.
"If a team is struggling in serve receive (like Westwood), you can pick up a lot of aces," Nixon said. "You can get a lot of free points that way."
Robinson (5) and Giles (4) combined for nine match kills for Manistique. Robinson added a team-high 12 digs.
For Westwood, Turino finished with three kills and three assists, while Elizabeth Dauphinais-VanBuren recorded 10 digs.
"We just lacked a spark tonight," Chapman said.
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