2012-08-30 / Sports

Emeralds start out 2012 season strong


On Monday, the Emeralds suffered their first loss of the season at the hands of the Escanaba Eskymos. Trailing by two games, Escanaba rallied taking three in a row to win the non-conference match in Manistique. Above, Emerald senior Monica Giles keeps an eye on the ball as she readies to spike.Teammate Maryse Hinkson looks on. 
Photo by Joe LeBlanc On Monday, the Emeralds suffered their first loss of the season at the hands of the Escanaba Eskymos. Trailing by two games, Escanaba rallied taking three in a row to win the non-conference match in Manistique. Above, Emerald senior Monica Giles keeps an eye on the ball as she readies to spike.Teammate Maryse Hinkson looks on. Photo by Joe LeBlanc MANISTIQUE – The Lady Emerald volleyball team kicked off the 2012 season with back-to-back wins.

With eight returning seniors, the Emeralds dominated the Munising Invitational Aug. 18. Manistique opened the tournament taking seven sets in pool play. Advancing to the semi-finals, Manistique then went on to beat the Newberry Indians 2-0. Taking a similar road to the finals, the Emeralds battled Ishpeming for the title, coming out on top 2-1.

Monica Giles, Kelsy Gonyea and Cayla Strasser were selected to the all-tournament team for their play in the tournament.

“So far this season our team chemistry is great,” Coach Amy Nixon said. “We returned eight seniors and added three very good juniors and one sophomore.”

Following the win in the finals over Ishpeming, the two went back at it Wednesday, in the first of many tough Mid-Peninsula Conference battles. Manistique again came out on top beating Ishpeming 25-14, 25-15 and 25-11 on the road.

“After a long day of competition and the Munising Invitational, they are all battled-tested and are showing signs of mental toughness,” Nixon said. “We got off to a good start in the MPC’s but must continue to focus on one match at a time to remain at the top.”

In the Manistique-Ishpeming meet: Shanel Bosanic, six serve receives, three digs; Vanessa Mc- Namara, one serve received, one assist; Maryse Hinkson, one ace, one serve received, one dig, 18 assists; Kaitlyn Ziminski, two serves received, three digs, one kill; Raeanne Robinson one ace, three serves received, four digs, six kills, one block; Morgan Kangas, one serve received, two digs; Harley Troxler, two digs; Leah Cook, five digs, one kill; Gonyea, one ace, one serve received, two digs, four kills; Giles, five serves received, five digs, 11 kills, four blocks; Strasser, one serve received, three digs, four kills; Maggie Morrison, four aces, four serves received, eight digs, one kill.

The Emerald junior varsity lost 0-2 (16-25, 22-25).

On Monday, the girls had their first loss of the season to Escanaba.

The Emeralds travels to Newberry Sept. 4 to take on the Indians.

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