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Marquette Senior High School volleyball team enjoys perfect day at NMU-sponsored tournament

The Marquette Senior High School varsity volleyball team won the championship of the Northern MIchigan University High School Invitational on Saturday at Vandament Arena. Shown here in the front row from left are Maria Millado, Tellena Nystrom, Celinda Brunswick, Maiya King and Ashlee Blom. Top row from left, head coach Ann Crandell-Williams, Emilee Gooch, Taylor Ragusett, Aspen Michelin, Seiler Hruska, Loryn Burnette and assistant coach Lynzi Svoboda. (Photo courtesy Ann Crandell-Williams)

MARQUETTE — Marquette put on a perfect performance to sweep to the championship of the Northern Michigan University High School Invitational volleyball tournament held at Vandament Arena on Saturday.

The Redettes won all 12 sets they played, including eight against four schools in pool play, then two more each in the semifinal and finals.

The tourney culminated in MSHS sweep Manistique for the championship, 25-20, 27-25.

A round earlier, Marquette swept Escanaba in the semifinals, 25-20, 25-9.

And in pool play, the Redettes defeated Superior Central 25-10, 25-17; Bark River-Harris 25-9, 25-14; Rapid River 25-19, 25-8; and Munising 25-9, 25-3.

“The girls looked good in practice this week, so I had a great feeling coming into the weekend,” MSHS head coach Ann Crandell-Williams said. “They continue to improve all the time and their overall consistency (Saturday) was really impressive.

“Manistique is a strong team and the final match was an exciting one, but the girls kept swinging and pulled through.”

For the dozen sets, sophomore Seiler Hruska led the offense with 49 kills, adding in 10 service aces, 16 digs and two blocks.

Senior teammate Aspen Michelin had 26 kills with just two errors, 11 blocks, six aces and 12 digs; while sophomore Maria Millado had 16 kills, 22 digs, 14 blocks and an ace.

In addition, senior Tellena Nystom had 10 service aces with just one serving error, 16 digs, four kills and a block; and senior Maiya King had 94 set assists, 14 digs, nine aces, six kill and eight blocks.

Junior Celinda Brunswick pitched in with 20 digs, five assists and eight aces, while junior Taylor Ragusett had 12 kills, two aces, two digs and three blocks.

The Redettes are back in action Thursday when they host Menominee.

Information compiled by Journal Sports Editor Steve Brownlee. His email address is sbrownlee@miningjournal.net.