MARQUETTE - Ishpeming gave Gwinn all it could handle for awhile, but the Modeltowners still prevailed in straight sets in a high school volleyball on Tuesday evening in Gwinn.
The Modeltowners scored a 25-19, 25-22, 25-23 victory as Ishpeming fell to 0-5 in Mid-Peninsula Conference matches.
"I'm very happy with the way my girls played," Hematites coach Amy Rautiola said. "Even though we lost, we were talking, we were moving and we were hustling for balls that I didn't think we've even have a chance to get to.
Gwinn’s Kaylee Arnsparger (10) prepares to dig a kill attempt by Ishpeming’s Jessica Spencer, left, during a Mid-Peninsula Conference match Tuesday night game in Gwinn. (Journal photo by Jenna Thompson)
Marquette’s Tayler Smith (13) kills the ball over two Gladstone defenders during the second set of a Great Northern?Conference volleyball match on Tuesday night at Gladstone. (Escanaba Daily Press photo by Keith Shelton)
"It took us awhile to adjust to the speed of (Gwinn's) hits, and we fell behind about 9-0 in the opening set."
Junior Jessica Spencer led Ishpeming with 11 kills and four digs, while senior Mollie Pruett added 12 assists, two service aces and a kill. Sophomore teammate Sinead Korvela also had five kills and five digs, while senior Cora Bleau had four digs.
Rautiola cited junior Brianna Aho for helping as a setter, allowing Pruette to concentrate more on defense at times.
The Hematites won the JV match, 26-24, 25-23.
Rapid River 1
At Rapid River, the Mustangs fell behind in a match for the first time all season, losing the opening set before rebounding, 21-25, 25-16, 25-22, 25-12.
"I think that was a reality check for the girls," Munising coach Josh Cole said. "You could definitely tell we had played on back-to-back nights on the road."
Munising, which won at Bark River-Harris on Monday, improved to 9-0 both overall and in the Central Upper Peninsula Conference.
"In the second and third sets, Rapid River continued to attack real hard, but we tightened up our defense," Cole said.
Frankie Mattson led the Mustangs with 11 kills and two solo blocks, while fellow freshman Bailey Downs added 14 assists and three service aces and junior Karlee Decet contributed five kills.
Munising also won the JV match, 20-25, 26-24, 15-12.
At Gladstone, the Redettes lost senior setter Courtney McGovern to injury prior to the JV and freshmen matches, pressing junior Martha Storm and JV setter Erica Cousineau into service in this Great Northern Conference clash.
The Braves, who won the 12-team Marquette Invitational on Saturday, prevailed 25-13, 23-25, 25-14, 25-10.
"The girls played very well considering a very difficult and emotional loss of such a key player so close to match time," MSHS coach Mike Morgan said.
Marquette's JV and freshman squads won, though no scores were available.
At Negaunee, the Miners raced out to a 2-0 lead but Norway came back and won a pair of close sets to even the match.
The Knights prevailed 24-26, 13-25, 25-23, 25-21, 15-9 as Negaunee slipped to 4-2 in the M-PC.
"We've hit that low point, and now we need to go back to our fundamentals," Miners coach Annette Gleason said. "We lacked communication on the court."
It didn't help that a pregame injury suffered by senior and top offensive threat Rosalie Anderson started to affect her in the third set, forcing Gleason to pull her out by the fifth set, according to the Negaunee coach.
Anderson still managed to record 11 kills, 15 digs, three service aces and a block, while sister Adena Anderson, a junior, had 16 digs and three aces.
Senior teammates BreAnna Leanes added nine aces and Jada Johnson 15 assists and a block. Juniors Aubrey Nyman had five kills and a block and Alexa Olgren eight digs.
Norway also won the JV match, 18-25, 25-23, 25-13.
Iron Mountain 3,
At Westwood, Iron Mountain recorded a 25-18, 25-18, 25-23 win over the Patriots.
"It was a close match and we played pretty well," WHS head coach Janine Chapman said. "But tonight was just one of those nights where it was who made the most mistakes.
"It was just errors on our part and not finishing."
Samantha Beauchamp led Westwood (0-5 M-PC) with five kills and four solo blocks.
Teammate Alexis Nelson added five kills and 14 digs; Cristine Larson chipped in 10 assists; and Miranda Roose contributed an ace.