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Marquette, Negaunee high school volleyball teams each win in 4 sets

Marquette’s Celinda Brunswick receives a Houghton serve in the third set of their high school volleyball match held at the Redettes gym on Thursday. (Photo courtesy Daryl T. Jarvinen)

MARQUETTE — Marquette stayed at home and pulled off a victory in a battle of high school volleyball titans on Thursday night.

The Redettes defeated Houghton in a nonconference match in four sets, 25-15, 25-18, 24-26, 25-13, to improve to 10-1 overall, which includes a perfect 4-0 record in the Great Northern Conference.

“I felt like the work our players have been putting in is really paying off,” MSHS head coach Ann Crandell-Williams said. “Our serving was really strong.

“Offensively, Seiler Hruska had a ton of great swings and Maria Millado is really starting to show up in the middle the way we knew she could.

“We also had some really scrappy defensive plays at times. Houghton has a strong team; it was rewarding to play a tough match like that and come out on top.”

Hruska made 20 kills to go with eight service aces and 10 digs, while Millado pitched in with 12 kills, 10 digs, four blocks and two set assists.

Setter Katelyn Dunleavy had 29 assists to go with five aces and six digs; Celinda Brunswick contributed 12 digs; Roxy Nelson accumulated three kills, six aces and six digs; Taylor Ragusett had two kills and two digs; Ashlee Blom five digs; and Ella Jezewski two kills.

Up next for Marquette is a road match at Gladstone on Tuesday.

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Negaunee 3, Gwinn 1

At Gwinn on Thursday, the Miners won in four sets, 25-19, 18-25, 25-21, 25-22.

Mara Sorenson and Natalie Bell paced the Miners with six kills apiece, while Emilia Palomaki made 17 digs, Larissa Anderson five aces and Summer Dudo 11 set assists.

The Negaunee JV team also won in three sets.

Both teams are scheduled to play in the West PAC tournament semifinals today. Host sites were listed as Gwinn and Houghton.

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

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