Gwinn volleyball team exacts revenge on Marquette Redettes

MARQUETTE — Gwinn exacted a certain amount of revenge Tuesday after Marquette defeated the Modeltowners in the championship match of the Redette Rumble on Sept. 23.

Gwinn returned to Marquette Senior High School for a nonconference match and defeated the Redettes, 28-26, 27-25, 27-25.

“We wanted to play harder and stronger than we did against them in the (Redette Rumble),” GHS coach Toni Roberts said. “Marquette has two outstanding outside hitters that hit the ball hard at us all night. I was so proud of my defense for keeping up with their offense.

“We struggled tonight with our serving. We missed 12 serves in three (sets), which is almost double of what we usually do.”

Nevertheless, MSHS coach Mike Morgan was impressed with the effort by Gwinn (9-0).

“They were able to dictate the pace of play all night,” Morgan said about the Modeltowners. “We were never able to gain momentum and run our offense.”

Roberts said the first two sets were neck-and-neck throughout, while in the third set Marquette took a 20-13 lead before Gwinn came back with junior Trisha McGuire serving nine straight points.

“Trisha McGuire was a huge player for us,” Roberts said. “She had a great mentality going into the game and it showed.”

McGuire had eight kills without an error to go with 13 set assists, two service aces and eight digs. Senior Tierra Taylor added six solo blocks and had nine kills and four digs. Senior Heidi Eden led the Modeltowners in digs with 30.

Leading the Redettes statistically was Chloe Hale with 24 digs and 23 assists, Ellie Hicks with three blocks and Aspen Michelin and Lauren Wilkinson with nine kills each.

The Redettes claimed the JV match, 25-8, 25-13.

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Superior Central 3, Big Bay de Noc 0

At Eben on Tuesday, Cougars coach Kris Bray didn’t seem too enthusiastic about her team’s performance despite winning 25-14, 25-23, 25-19 in a Skyline Central Conference match.

“They didn’t play with a lot of energy,” she said, referring to her own team. “But they were able to pull out the win even though their energy level was down. They were giving us some easy stuff and we weren’t passing as well as we could have, so we were a little sloppy.”

Emma Rondeau led the Cougars with seven kills and five aces, while teammate Taylor Silta added 11 digs.

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Manistique 3, Negaunee 2

At Negaunee on Tuesday, the Emeralds used strong serving to pull away in the fifth set as Manistique won 23-25, 25-15, 25-15, 14-25, 15-5.

“We served consistently in the last set,” Emeralds coach Amy Nixon said. “We didn’t miss one serve. We went on two six-point runs.”

Leaders for Manistique (5-4 M-PC) were Emilee McDaniel with 18 kills and four blocks; and Joslyn Muth with 23 assists, 17 digs and two aces.

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Manistique 3, Ishpeming 1

At Manistique on Monday, the Emeralds finished strong in posting a 25-18, 25-13, 19-25, 25-18 victory.

“I’m just happy how mentally composed my team stayed after the third set,” Nixon said.

Manistique was paced by McDaniel with three aces and eight kills and Peterson with 19 digs

The Emeralds also won the JV match, 25-20, 25-21.

Information compiled by Journal Sports Editor Steve Brownlee with contributions from the Escanaba Daily Press. Brownlee’s email address is sbrownlee@miningjournal.net.