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Gwinn, Munising volleyball teams shut out opposition

GWINN – The Gwinn High School volleyball team played the comeback game quite well on Tuesday night.

The Modeltowners, who improved to 3-2 overall and 3-1 in the Mid-Peninsula Conference, trailed early each game but managed to pull out a shutout of Westwood, 25-20, 25-19, 25-13.

“Give credit to Westwood, they got a big lead at the start of every game,” GHS coach Toni Roberts said. “Thankfully, my team was able to finish the games strongly.

“Hailey Hill had a great game tonight. She played defensively well, hit well and served well. She was our senior leader and we worked around Hailey. This was her first really standout night.”

Hill finished with seven kills, two blocks and a service ace. Sophomore teammate Trisha McGuire added three kills, nine digs and 11 assists, while senior Kia Evans had 11 digs and two assists and junior Heidi Eden nine digs.

Gwinn’s JV also won, 25-9, 25-14.

The Modeltowners host Negaunee at 7:15 p.m. Thursday.

Munising 3, Rapid River 0

At Rapid River, the Mustangs imposed their superior offensive attack in this Skyline Central Conference match that saw them win, 25-11, 25-10, 25-12.

“We played really well on offense,” Munising coach Josh Cole said. “We dominated the first set offensively and with our serving, and we carried that through to the second and third sets.”

He cited his team’s 31 kills and 22 serving aces.

Leading them was junior Kianne Wendt, who chalked up 12 kills along with five aces and four digs. Senior Frankie Mattson added six kills, two blocks and seven digs; senior Marissa Immel three kills, six aces and six digs; and senior Bailey Downs 28 set assists, two aces and four digs.

“Munising is the best team we have faced so far,” Rapid River coach Jay Jurkovich told the Escanaba Daily Press. “They hurt us with very effective short serving paired with great passing and hitting. It was hard to find any weaknesses in their team.”

The Rockets won the JV match, 25-13, 25-21.

Munising hosts North Dickinson at 7:15 p.m. Thursday.

Houghton 3, L’Anse 0

L’Anse 2, Dollar Bay 1

At Houghton, the Purple Hornets split at a three-team meet, falling to powerful Houghton 25-9, 25-16, 25-2 in a West PAC match before dispatching Dollar Bay 25-22, 21-25, 15-13 in a nonconference matchup.

Against the Blue Bolts, L’Anse jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the final game, thanks to two service aces from senior Shay Ekdahl.

Then with the score tied 12-12, Hornets junior Erika Tollefson recorded a kill before DB was called for a serve into the net and a lift to end the match.

“I commend the girls for coming back and battling through quite a few serve-receive errors,” L’Anse head coach Callie Budweg said. “I can say it’s showing me that they do have the guts, and the instincts that I want them to have in terms of winning a tight game.”

L’Anse heads to Northland Pines in Eagle River, Wisconsin, on Saturday.

Information compiled by Journal Sports Editor Steve Brownlee with contributions from the Escanaba Daily Press and Houghton Daily Mining Gazette. Brownlee’s email address is sbrownlee@miningjournal.net.