Mustangs, Hematites perform well at Munising Invitational

MUNISING – The high school volleyball season officially began for some area teams Saturday at the Munising Invitational.

The host Mustangs and the Ishpeming Hematites both had solid days on the court. Munising defeated Brimley in two sets to advance to the final match, but the Mustangs fell to Engadine in three sets.

Ishpeming fell to Engadine in two sets during the semifinals.

“It was the first day, but I thought we did pretty well,” Munising head coach Josh Cole said. “I thought we sharpened our skills throughout the day and we looked really good in both the semis and final.

“Marissa (Immel) had a good day offensively and defensively and so did Kianne (Wendt). We finally have some juniors and seniors on the team, so they’ve definitely have some matches under their belts and it’s really started to show.”

Hematites head coach Briana Bancroft also liked what she saw from her team.

“We kind of ebbed and flowed today, but I thought we played well at times,” she said. “Hannah Smith made the All-Tournament team and she played very well. I also thought that Sadie Stetson made some nice plays. We’ve got a lot of talent, so we just need to put it together. This is a great group of girls and I’m excited to work with them.”

Ishpeming hosts Superior Central Tuesday, while Munising plays Gwinn Thursday.

Information compiled by Journal Sports Writer Ryan Stieg. His email address is