Negaunee volleyball team falls to Calumet, Marquette Redettes win Traverse City Central Invitational
NEGAUNEE — State-ranked Calumet came into Negaunee on Tuesday night and took a three-set sweep of the Miners at Lakeview Memorial Gymnasium.
The Copper Kings prevailed 25-15, 25-20, 25-10 as Calumet’s JV and freshman teams each won in two sets.
“I’m so proud of how the girls played,” Negaunee head varsity coach Krista Squiers said. “We were aggressive at the net and did not fall into our usual bad habits.
“Calumet is a good team, but we were able to get many touches, blocks and digs to keep our rallies going.
“It’s a tough loss, but these girls really stepped it up.”
Natalie Bell led the Negaunee attack with six kills while contributing five digs, three blocks and two service aces.
Defensively, the Miners’ Josephine Thomson made 19 digs, while Summer Dudo had 14 set assists and two digs.
In addition, teammate Raquel Carlson had four kills and three blocks, while Mara Sorenson added three digs, two kills, two aces and a block.
Redettes 5-0 on weekend
Marquette won the Traverse City Central Invitational on Saturday after compiling a perfect 5-0 record that included losing just one set in a quintet of best-of-3 matches against Lower Peninsula competition.
The Redettes defeated Leland 25-18, 25-22; TC Central 25-11, 25-19; Mattawan 12-25, 25-14, 19-17; Elk Rapids 25-23, 25-18; and West Michigan Christian 25-20, 25-23.
For the 11 sets, MSHS senior Seiler Hruska made a team-high 68 kills and compiled an attack percentage of .380. She also had a team-high 37 digs to go with seven service aces and two blocks.
Fellow senior Maria Millado made a good bookend with Hruska, compiling 30 kills for a .319 attack percentage, adding in team highs of 15 blocks and eight aces while also making 30 digs.
Katelyn Dunleavy was Marquette’s principal setter, recording 112 of the team’s 122 set assists while also contributing 17 digs, three blocks and three aces.
Roxy Nelson added in 13 kills, 22 digs, four aces and a block, while Taylor Marquardt had 19 digs, seven kills, an ace and a block and Arlie Kulbieda five digs, five kills, a block and an ace.
Information compiled by Journal Sports Editor Steve Brownlee. His email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.