Volleyball honors: 4 Negaunee Miners and a Marquette Redette earn all-region honors from coaches’ group

Marquette's Jessica Gooch, right, watches teammate Kaycee Karp, center, set the ball in the second set of a high school volleyball match played against Gladstone at Marquette Senior High School on Oct. 4. Looking on for the Redettes also are, from left, Alyson McCarthy and Hailey Ridolphi. (Photo courtesy Daryl T. Jarvinen)

MARQUETTE — Four players from Negaunee and one from Marquette were named to the all-region team for Region 1 recently by the Michigan Interscholastic Volleyball Coaches Association.

MIVCA named 22 players from around the central and western Upper Peninsula to the Region 1 honors squad. Schools with players honored ranged geographically from Ironwood to Calumet to Marquette.

Negaunee’s honorees were senior setter Rachel Niskanen, senior middle hitter Eliana Juchemich, junior middle hitter Ashley Bell and junior libero Marisa Hird.

Marquette’s all-region player was junior middle blocker Jessica Gooch.

Negaunee tied Calumet and Ironwood for the most honorees of any school in the region with four.

Negaunee's Eliana Juchemich, center, gets in position to make a dig as teammates Martha Rutherford, left, and Marisa Hird look on during an MHSAA Division 2 district tournament volleyball match played against Kingsford at the Flivvers' gym on Nov. 2. (Terry Raiche photo)

Kingsford’s Jaclynn Kreider was named all-region Coach of the Year, while the Flivvers’ Sarah Jokela earned Sub-Varsity Coach of the Year.

Here are the other players honored as all-region, with year in school and position:


Kingsford — Madelynn Kreider, soph., setter; Ellery Nash, soph., libero; Elaina Bortolini, sr., right-side hitter

Houghton — Stella Wickstrom, sr., middle blocker

Negaunee's Rachel Niskanen, center, fakes a set as she instead tips the ball over the net in the second set of a high school volleyball match played against Kingsford at Lakeview Memorial Gymnasium in Negaunee on Sept. 29. Watching the play are, from left, the Flivvers' Laura Bracket and Lexi DalSanto and referee Charlie Morrison, above Niskanen. (Photo courtesy Daryl T. Jarvinen)

Calumet — Helen Beiring, sr., outside hitter; Allie Bjorn, soph., outside hitter; Laina Kariniemi, jr., setter; Kaylie Halonen, sr., libero

Iron Mountain — Emma Ellis, sr., setter; Allison Powell, sr., outside hitter; Leah Winch, sr., defensive specialist

Ironwood — Alaya Ruotsala, sr., libero; Madison Sterbenz, sr., middle hitter; Tia Lahti, sr., setter; Savannah Hannu, sr., outside hitter

North Dickinson — Micah Lindholm, sr., middle hitter; Aiden Hord, sr., middle hitter

Information compiled by Journal Sports Editor Steve Brownlee.

His email address is sbrownlee@miningjournal.net.


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