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Marquette Redettes, Negaunee Miners volleyball teams wrap up regular seasons with emphatic wins

Marquette’s Roxy Nelson, right, spikes the ball past Escanaba’s McKayla Mott Tuesday in Escanaba. (Escanaba Daily Press photo by Justin St. Ours)

MARQUETTE — Marquette finished its regular season on a high note by completing a perfect 8-0 Great Northern Conference campaign after winning at Escanaba in four sets on Tuesday night.

The Redettes prevailed 25-18, 25-11, 20-25, 25-13, to also improve to 33-5-1 overall heading into MHSAA Division 1 district play next week.

“We had a few more ups and downs than we’ve had lately, but our players were able to stay on their mental game and power through,” MSHS head coach Ann Crandell-Williams said. “Serving and passing was strong as usual and that kept us alive. Maria Millado had her season high in kills and was the go-to offensive player.

“Escanaba was a much stronger team than the one we saw in Marquette, and gave us a run for our money. Winning the GNC was one of our team goals for the season and I’m really, really proud of them for seeing it through.”

Millado led the MSHS offense with 21 kills, and with just three errors, had a sterling .514 attack percentage. She also contributed 12 digs, five service aces and a block.

Seiler Hruska, one match after reaching the 1,000-dig threshold, added another dozen digs to go with 14 kills.

Teammate Roxy Nelson had five kills and eight digs, while Ella Jezewski made seven digs and had an ace.

And Katelyn Dunleavy had all 42 of Marquette’s set assists, adding in four aces and five digs, while Arlie Kulbieda had two digs, an ace and a block.

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Negaunee 3, Gladstone 0

On Tuesday at Negaunee, the Miners’ Josephine Thomson made a 16-point serving run to allow NHS to power to a 25-8, 25-8, 25-20 victory.

The Negaunee JV and freshmen teams also won in two sets each.

“I am so very proud of this team,” Miners head coach Krista Squiers said. “We spread the ball around really well and were very dominant at the net.

“Josephine Thomson had a great serving run during the first set and Madison Gendron followed with her own serving run in the second set.

“With this win we finish off the regular season as (Mid-Peninsula) conference champions, and I couldn’t be happier for these ladies.”

Thomson and Gendron each finished with three service aces, while Natalie Bell and Raquel Carlson led the attack as Bell had 10 kills and Carlson nine.

Summer Dudo made 22 set assists, while Mara Sorenson had five kills, Rachel Niskanen seven assists and Emily Gauthier two kills, two aces and a dig.

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

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