Taking down a rival
Redettes sweep Negaunee in three-set match
NEGAUNEE — The Marquette volleyball team earned a three-set win over Negaunee at Lakeview Memorial Gym on Tuesday night.
The Redettes (11-2) topped the Miners (2-2) 25-19, 25-15, 25-14.
MSHS head coach Ann Crandell-Williams said it was nice to earn a win over a rival, but still sees some things her team needs to clean up as the season moves forward.
“I felt like we did a lot of things well, but I feel like we need to work on doing those things more consistently,” she said. “We had moments where we weren’t passing so well, we had moments where maybe offensively, things aren’t as tight as we’d like to get them, or maybe too many balls fell in the corners. We just want to continue to work on things and tighten it up.”
Despite winning in straight sets, the result may be a little deceiving as the Miners were competitive throughout the night.
“They (the Miners) looked really good,” Crandell-Williams said. “They were really scrappy, and I would especially say that their middle offense worked us pretty hard. Defensively too, they kept getting balls back over and over. They did a really nice job and I was impressed.”
NHS head coach Sarah MacDonald agreed with her coaching counterpart about her team’s defense.
“Tonight was our best showing as far as being competitive,” she said. “We’ve just got to finish plays and build some more confidence. My back row defense took some hard hits. They just went for the ball and that was good to see.”
Seniors Chloe Norman and Abbie Tollefson led the Miners offensively with Norman tallying eight kills and Tollefson had five. Tollefson also added two aces, while junior Larissa Anderson led in assists with eight.
After Negaunee scored the first point in the first set, the Redettes scored seven of the next eight, which included two kills from sophomore Seiler Hruska, an ace from senior Tellena Nystrom and a block from senior Aspen Michelin.
The Miners quickly climbed their way back into it, eventually pulling within one point at 11-10 after a kill from Norman. Negaunee tied it up before Marquette scored the next point, and eventually pulled up 17-12.
Shortly after, with Negaunee down 22-14, the Miners went on a four-point run to pull within four, but were unable to complete the comeback with Marquette winning the set on an attack error.
The second set started with the teams battling to a 5-5 tie before Negaunee eventually took the lead 8-7 on an attack error from Marquette senior Emilee Gooch.
Marquette re-took the lead going up 10-8. Negaunee managed to tie things back up twice before the Redettes went on a seven-point run to pull away. The set ended on a kill from Michelin.
Marquette went up 14-6 in the final set, and took eight of the final 10 points to claim the set and the match, which ended on a kill from Hruska.
Full stats for Marquette were not immediately available.
Marquette will have a little over a week off before hosting Kingsford on Sept. 19. Negaunee hosts Ishpeming on Thursday, and MacDonald said her team’s approach to the match starts with concentration.
“We want to concentrate, we want to start sets strong, and be competitive,” she said. “We want to do what we know how to do.”
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