Marquette Redettes come on strong to win high school volleyball tournament title at Mitten Bay Classic

BAY CITY — All’s well because it ended well for the Marquette Senior High School volleyball team at the Mitten Bay Classic in downstate Bay City on Saturday.

The Redettes opened their day with three losses in their first four sets, but bounced back to win their final six sets to capture the event’s Silver Division.

Marquette can use the late momentum for a home match at 7 p.m. today against traditional Upper Peninsula power Calumet.

The Redettes faced five Lower Peninsula teams on Saturday, playing two sets against each of three teams in pool play, then playing best-of-three matches in the semifinals and finals.

MSHS split with Midland Dow to open pool play, 23-25, 25-23, then watched nearby Bay City-area team Essexville Garber sweep them 25-13, 25-16, before coming back to sweep Tawas Area, 25-11, 25-9.

That got the Redettes into the Silver Division semifinals, where they downed Alpena 25-19, 25-17, before taking out Fremont in the finals, 25-16, 25-13.

“We got off to a really slow start in our first two matches, then gained momentum throughout the day,” MSHS head coach Ann Crandell-Williams said in an email. “We had some good quality competition and are continuing to be more consistent as a team.”

Marquette, which is now 14-5-1, was led offensively by senior Seiler Hruska, who is reported to be recovering from a recent injury. She finished with a team-high 40 kills in the 10 sets, adding eight service aces, 42 digs and two blocks.

Fellow senior Maria Millado added team highs of 16 blocks and 55 digs while making 20 kills and five aces.

Teammate Katelyn Dunleavy had 80 of her team’s 88 set assists, adding in 29 digs, two aces and a kill.

And the Redettes’ Arlie Kulbieda had 15 kills, four aces and three digs; Roxy Nelson nine kills, 17 digs and three aces; Taylor Marquardt four aces, nine digs and a kill; Arimae Holder three aces and 19 digs; and Ella Jezewski 24 digs, two kills and an ace.

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


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