Mustangs cruise to victory

North Central’s Katelyn Deming, right, bumps the ball over the net with Munising’s Emmy Crisp, left, defending in their Skyline Central Conference volleyball match on Monday in Powers. (Escanaba Daily Press photo by Todd Rose)

POWERS — Munising swept North Central in three sets in a Skyline Central Conference volleyball match played Monday night in Powers.

The Mustangs prevailed 25-16, 25-15, 25-14.

“We wanted to come in and just serve well,” MHS coach Josh Cole said. “That’s been the emphasis the last couple weeks and the last couple (matches) we’ve had … we’ve done a good job of serving pressure, and (Monday) was no different.”

Munising controlled the majority of the match, holding the lead throughout. North Central, however, was able to have several bursts of points.

One of them came in the third set in the form of a five-point run with Katelyn Deming serving.

On the Mustangs side, Jenna Mattson held down her team’s serving game with eight aces. However, Cole cited an all-around team performance as the key to victory.

“We definitely like to spread the ball around,” he said. “We run a 6-2 this year, so we always have that right-side hitter option if we can get it.

“Both of our middle (blocker)s played really well tonight. It’s always a big thing when your middles are hitting well. It kind of opens up the pins for everyone else.”

Valerie Johnson had eight kills for the Mustangs, while teammate Emmy Crisp had 10 assists.

For the Jets — who were playing for the first time in a week — it was a mixture of good and bad throughout the night, said coach Rick Mick.

“It was kind of a mixed bag of emotions tonight,” Mick said. “We started off a little slow, but Munising is a very good team.

“They hit from everywhere and they’re hard to defend, so I challenged the girls to block tonight, to get their hands in front of their balls, and they did that.”

In the JV match, the Mustangs won 2-1 (24-26, 25-23, 15-5).

The Mustangs host Superior Central on Thursday.


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