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Manistique spikers defeat Gwinn in 5 sets

GWINN — Senior outside hitter Brooke Mannor notched 11 kills while junior outside hitter Emily Curtice added 23 digs, but the Gwinn High School varsity volleyball team fell to Manistique in five sets at the Modeltowners’ gym on Tuesday night.

The Emeralds won 25-14, 15-25, 25-22, 16-25, 15-12.

Gwinn is 4-6 in dual matches.

Modeltowners head coach Toni Roberts said the close match came down to experience in the end.

“We had a lot of good things happening (tonight),” she said. “We recently changed up some rotations and positions trying to find the best rotation for our team. Overall we outscored Manistique by two points. Last time we played them, they won the night by six points.

“When matches are that close, it’s anyone’s game. They were just able to finish tonight when we couldn’t.

“Athlete to athlete, between us and Manistique, we match up well. They just have a bit more experience as a team than we do.”

Roberts also credited Curtice on a strong defensive performance.

“Emily was our biggest leader on defense,” she said. “She picked up a lot of really tough balls and is playing in a new position. I was really impressed (with) what she did on defense for us.”

Roberts also credited Mannor for another strong outing.

“Brooke knows how to finish plays aggressively (and) attack the ball,” the coach said.

Junior setter Marissa Delmont added 10 kills for Gwinn, while junior middle blocker Megan Ruokolainen had 14 assists. Senior middle blocker Hannah Noel added four blocks.

Gwinn travels to the West PAC tournament on Saturday.

Information compiled by Journal Sports Writer Ryan Spitza. Email him at sports@miningjournal.net.