MENOMINEE - Marquette got the last momentum swing to go in its favor for a five-game victory at Menominee in a Great Northern Conference high school volleyball match on Thursday night.
The Redettes prevailed 25-20, 26-24, 14-25, 19-25, 15-9 to improve to 5-1 in the GNC and 7-2 overall.
"We lost a little momentum in the middle of the match, but we stayed focused and stayed disciplined," MSHS coach Sarah Peura said. "We had some great passing and we got into a rotation in the last game where we got our best hitter, (senior) Emily (Boyle) in the front row."
Boyle made some of her most important plays then as she led the Redettes with 16 kills for the match.
"Our senior leadership was strong, our senior players were able to finish out the match when we had been struggling," Peura said.
Also in the senior class, Liana Storm made 18 digs and Angela Brown 17 digs, while Lindsey Couture added nine kills and Addison Piotrowski had 33 assists.
A junior added to the statistical bonanza as well, with Tayler Smith recording five service aces to go with nine kills.
Menominee won the JV match in three games, though scores weren't available.
EBEN - Rapid River Rockets escaped with a five-set. 13-25, 25-15, 16-25, 25-12, 16-14 triumph over the Superior Central Cougars and also swept Carney-Nadeau, 25-12, 25-16, 25-18. The Cougars topped Carney in four sets, 25-15, 23-25, 25-21, 25-13.
The victory enabled the Rockets to move into a second-place tie with the Cougars in the Central U.P. Conference. It also vaulted Bark River-Harris, which was idle Thursday, into first.
Against the Rockets, Superior Central's Vanessa Freberg finished with 27 service points, including four aces, and 13 digs. Kelsey Coleman had 17 points and seven aces. Mikayla Barrows ended with 18 digs and Ally Bray had 11 points, six aces and 12 digs.
"We were pretty well matched (with Rapid River) and the last game was very close," said Cougars' coach Kris Bray. "Momentum kept changing from one game to the next. I think both teams felt a sense of urgency in the last game. They were hitting at us and we were doing pretty well defensively. Only, we need to be more aggressive at the net. We started playing a little tentative. Overall, we didn't play poorly. But we did struggle with serve receives and passing. We didn't run our offense the way we wanted."
Freberg hit 17 of her points and Lindsey Richmond had 14 of her 21 assists against Carney.
"We played pretty well, overall," said coach Bray. "We played our non-starters in the second game, which was a good experience for them. Only, they never got into a flow. Carney played tough. They're very strong on defense."