Calumet swings past Ishpeming in volleyball

Ishpeming's Addison Morton, back turned in blue, makes a hit over the outstretched arms of Calumet's Jackie Kiilunen during their high school volleyball match played at the Copper Kings' gym on Tuesday. Waching the play are Calumet's Laina Kariniemi, front left, and Isabel Loukus, right. (Houghton Daily Mining Gazette photo by Eddie O'Neill)

CALUMET – Calumet High School downed Ishpeming in three straight sets in a high school volleyball match played on the Copper Kings’ court on Tuesday evening.

Calumet prevailed 25-7, 25-12, 25-15 to improve to 13-4 as the Hematites fell to 8-9.

“Our girls played very well tonight,” Copper Kings coach Kate Bonacorsi said. “They were efficient in their game play, especially in those first two sets.”

On the other side of the net, Ishpeming’s coach Katt Beerling wished her girls would have played better.

“We came here with high expectations, and we knew Calumet was a good team,” she said. “They found our weaknesses, and I don’t think my girls were ready for the speed they played.”

On the positive side, Beerling liked the fighting spirit of senior Faith Loman.

“She dug deep in both the front and back row,” Beerling said. “She has a fire about her that I really admire.”

The first set was dominated by an eight-point service run posted by Calumet senior Kaylie Halonen.

Calumet’s play at the net set the tone in the second set.

It was hard for the Hematites to get past her long reach at the net as she and Caitlyn Strom proved a hard defensive wall to crack.

In the third set, the Copper Kings varied things, not just with personnel but also their offensive arsenal.


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