Gwinn pulls off comeback in volleyball match at Westwood

Brianna Keinz of L’Anse, left, goes for a kill against Houghton in a high school volleyball match played Tuesday in Houghton. (Houghton Daily Mining Gazette photo by Bryce Derouin)

ISHPEMING — Gwinn came back from losing the opener to defeat Westwood in four sets during a Mid-Peninsula Conference volleyball match on Tuesday evening.

The Modeltowners prevailed 13-25, 25-13, 25-8, 25-21.

Pacing Westwood was Liz Farley with eight kills and nine digs, while Allya Jones had five kills and 11 digs. In addition, Sarah Rautio contributed eight assists and 13 digs, while Kaitlyn Ackland had eight digs and two assists.

Gwinn also won the JV match in two sets, though scores weren’t available.

Gwinn goes to Negaunee on Thursday night, while both the Modeltowners and Patriots will participate at the Redette Rumble at Marquette Senior High School on Saturday.


Negaunee 3, Manistique 0

At Manistique, the visiting Miners prevailed 25-20, 25-20, 25-23 despite the Emeralds getting five kills and 19 digs from Renae Schuetter.

“They have some nice hitters,” Manistique coach Amy Nixon said about Negaunee. “I don’t think we played our best. We lacked some communication.

“I fell we played solid, but we have some things to work on. We have to play more consistently.”

Also for Manistique, Lenna Smith had three kills and 15 digs, while Emilee McDaniel added three kills and three blocks, Sydny Peterson 13 digs and Joslyn Muth 10 assists.

The Emeralds prevailed in the JV match 25-15, 25-22.

Manistique played at Iron Mountain on Thursday.


Munising 3, Rapid River 0

At Munising, Mustangs coach Ted Williams was pleased with how his team worked together in a 25-12, 25-14, 25-13 Skyline Central Conference victory.

“Tonight was a total team effort,” he said. “We are improving every game and are seeing the consistent mental focus we’ve been working on.”

Kianne Wendt led Munising with nine kills and nine digs, while Daryn Johnson added five kills and three digs.

In addition, Emily Contreras had nine assists, four kills and two digs, while Michael Werner had three kills and three blocks. Sydney Curtis led Munising with three service aces.

The Mustangs also won the JV match, 25-19, 25-18.

Munising also posted a 5-3 pool record including a win over eventual champion Iron Mountain at the Forest Park Invitational on Saturday in Crystal Falls.


Stephenson 3, Marquette 2

At Stephenson, MSHS won the first two sets but couldn’t hold off the Eagles’ comeback as Stephenson prevailed 18-25, 22-25, 25-17, 25-22, 15-8.

“I attribute our performance to a tactical error … in attempting to work some other players in to be better prepared in case of an unexpected injury or illness,” Marquette coach Mike Morgan said. “That took away some of our momentum and then we did have one of our key middle hitters turn her ankle.

“We were not able to gain the momentum back after that point, even though the girls put forth tremendous effort.

“It is hard to see the kind of hard work pur forth on the court not be rewarded, but we will get back in the gym and try to improve in the areas that we need to.”

Lauren Wilkinson led the Redettes offensively with seven kills and a block, while Mikaila Graham had 11 digs and Chloe Hale 19 assists.

Marquette won the JV match in two sets, though scores weren’t available.


Houghton 3, L’Anse 0

At Houghton, the host Gremlins prevailed 25-16, 25-20, 25-11.

In the middle set, Houghton pulled away twice to get that win. L’Anse trailed 8-7 before a r un gave them a 17-7 lead.

Then the Purple Hornets went on an 11-3 run to cut Houghton’s lead to 20-18 that culminated in one of Brianna Keinz’s five kills. But three errors put the Gremlins back in charge, 23-18.

“We came out really strong,” Purple Hornets’ coach Callie Budweg said. “I just told the girls to play hard, and I think that’s what they did. We came out swinging and moving with enthusiasm right up until the final set.

“Consistency has been a struggle. If our passes are on, then our hitting is off. If our hitting is on, then our passing is off. It’s been a game of trying to find that missing piece and I can’t seem to find it quite yet.”

Megan Hendrickson added 13 assists for the Hornets, while Josie Rice had seven kills, two aces and three digs.

The Hornets posted a 4-4 record in pool play at the Forest Park Invitational in Crystal Falls on Saturday.

L’Anse will take part in a tournament at Northland Pines in Eagle River, Wisconsin, on Saturday.


Norway 3, Superior Central 0

At Norway, the Cougars showed improvement but it wasn’t enough to avoid the Knights posting a 25-19, 26-24, 25-16 Skyline Central victory.

“Our passing was better,” SC coach Kris Bray said. “We were setting the ball and hitting at them. We just had too many mental lapses throughout the match. We made a lot of unforced errors, especially with our serving.”

Emma Rondeau led the Cougars with 10 kills and 16 digs, while Jaelynn Klyk added 13 digs, Taylor Silta 12 assists and 11 digs and Sydney Emard five kills and a block.

SC won the JV match, 25-23, 18-25, 15-11.

The Cougars visit Mid Peninsula on Thursday.

Information compiled by Journal Sports Editor Steve Brownlee with contributions from the Escanaba Daily Press, Iron Mountain Daily News and Houghton Daily Mining Gazette. Brownlee’s email address is