NEGAUNEE - A strong defense couldn't carry the Negaunee High School girls volleyball team to victory Tuesday night.
The Miners of head coach Annette Gleason dropped a 3-1 decision to visiting Escanaba to fall to 1-1 on the season.
The Eskymos won the opening game, 27-25, before Negaunee took game No. 2, 16-25. Escanaba then won the final two games, 25-22, 25-18.
Negaunee players from the front and back rows scramble for a set during the Miners’ match against Escanaba at Lakeview Memorial Gymnasium on Tuesday evening. (Journal photos by Jenna Thompson)
"We had real good defense," Gleason said, "but just couldn't execute well. We made serving errors and serve receive errors."
Rosalie Anderson led Negaunee with 11 kills and two aces.
"She played well all around," Gleason said, noting the senior added a team-high six digs. "She and her sister, Adena, played some good defense in the back row."
Katie Lambert and Katelyn Johnson added three kills apiece, while Aubrey Nyman chipped in two.
BreAnna Leanes posted five aces for the Miners and Jada Johnson collected nine assists.
No statistics were available for Escanaba.
In the JV match, Escanaba won 2-0 (25-21, 25-18).
In other matches played Tuesday, Gwinn defeated Norway, 3-0, Superior Central won at Munising, 3-1, and Lake Linden-Hubbell blanked Baraga, 3-0.