Munising, Gwinn get hard-fought volleyball victories

MUNISING — Munising and Forest Park fought to the very end before the Mustangs prevailed in five sets in a Skyline Central Conference volleyball match played in Munising on Thursday night.

Munising improved to 16-5-4 overall and 6-1 in the SCC with a 25-19, 24-26, 27-25, 14-25, 19-17 victory.

“That was, by far, the toughest and most intense match of the season,” MHS coach Ted Williams said. “They fought hard to the last point before we came out on top.”

Kianne Wendt led the Mustangs’ offensive attack with 22 kills, while Daryn Johnson added 15 and Michaela Werner had 11.

Wendt made 16 digs and had a block, while teammate Kelsea Ackerman also had 16 digs.

Johnson had eight digs and Werner four blocks and four service aces to go with seven digs.

Emily Contreras paced Munising with 30 assists as Emily Contreras added four aces and nine digs.

The Mustangs’ next match is at home against Carney-Nadeau on Tuesday night.

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Gwinn 3, Gladstone 1

At Gladstone, the Modeltowners improved to a perfect 8-0 overall and 7-0 in the Mid-Peninsula Conference with a 25-22, 22-25, 25-17, 25-22 victory over the Braves.

“Gladstone played us hard all night long,” Gwinn coach Toni Roberts said. “We had to work hard for this win and it was a team effort all around.

“In the second set, we lost some communication in the middle and let Gladstone go on too many runs.

“Gladstone has great servers and we had a poor night serve receiving. They kept us from setting up our offense, which gave us a lot of fits throughout the match.”

Junior Brooke Mannor led the Modeltowners with nine kills and 13 digs while she added a service ace.

“Brooke had a great game,” Roberts said. “She played defense well and was a huge offensive threat for us in the front and back rows. Brooke is an outstanding player and never lets a ball drop.”

Senior Heidi Eden had 12 digs and three service aces.

“Heidi, our senior libero, makes defense look easy,” Roberts said. “She is often overlooked as we have so many big hitters, but she is the heart and soul of our team.

“She had a great night defensively picking up Gladstone’s hitters.”

Seniors Brenna Bruce and Tierra Taylor along with junior Trisha McGuire each made six kills for the Modeltowners, with Bruce getting 14 set assists and McGuire 12. Bruce also had four aces and five digs, while Taylor had four aces.

Next up for Gwinn is a match at Marquette on Tuesday night.

The Modeltowners also won the JV match, 25-13, 25-13.

Information compiled by Journal Sports Editor Steve Brownlee. His email address is sbrownlee@miningjournal. net.