Redettes cruise past Negaunee in three sets

MARQUETTE — The Marquette Senior High School varsity volleyball team got some freshman power on Tuesday night as Seiler Hruska led the Redettes with nine kills in a 3-0 victory over Negaunee.

Marquette claimed the straight sets victory 25-15, 25-21 and 25-16.

Redettes head coach Mike Morgan credited a strong defensive performance from his team, who is now 3-0 in dual match play.

“We came out, served very strong and I thought our defense was fantastic,” he said. “There were several times the girls pancaked balls and everyone thought we were going down, but they kept the plays going and we got points off of it.”

Morgan added that he still believes his team needs to settle in and find its groove.

“We’ve got to vary our sets a little bit, run some different tempos but it’s early in the year to be in that kind of rhythm,” he said. “I think we’ll get there and right now I’m extremely happy with where this team is at. I’m very proud of the effort these kids are putting in. They’re fun to coach.”

Negaunee head coach Sarah MacDonald could not be reached for comment.

The Redettes jumped out to an 11-5 lead in Set 1 before the Miners got consecutive points on a service error and a kill from Abbie Tollefson to pull within four. Marquette tallied six of the next seven points making the lead 17-8 and forcing the Miners to call timeout. The set ended on a Negaunee attack error.

Set 2 was the closest of the night. After the Redettes jumped out to the early 4-0 lead, including kills from senior Mikaila Graham and junior Aspen Michelin, the Miners got on the board on a Marquette service error. The Redettes jumped ahead 15-8 sending Negaunee into a timeout, and scored the next four after the break to go up 19-8.

After another timeout, Negaunee earned the next five points which included an ace from Chloe Norman and a kill from Tollefson to make the score 19-13. Marquette got the next point before the Miners scored four more to make it a 20-17 game. Negaunee pulled within two at 22-20, but the Redettes earned three of the last four points and ended the set on a kill from senior Avery Ledy.

MSHS cruised in Set 3, getting an early 8-2 lead and rolling from there. Negaunee cut the deficit to three at 9-6 before the Redettes notched the next four. The set ended with Marquette scoring the final three points, and the match-clinching point was an attack error.

Along with her nine kills, Hruska notched six aces and seven digs in the contest. Michelin added six kills and four digs while junior Emilee Gooch had three kills. Junior Maiya King led the Redettes in assists with 24, and digs with 10.

Stats weren’t available for Negaunee.

Marquette travels to Bay City Central for a tournament Saturday which is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m.

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