Emeralds rally 2 wins at home
MANISTIQUE – Add two more wins to the Lady Emeralds’ volleyball team record. Taking advantage of an at home game, the Emeralds beat Westwood 3-2 last Thursday and Gwinn by the same score Tuesday night. Both matches went five sets.
Thursday against Westwood, Manistique opened with a 29-27 victory in set one, dropped the next two, then forced a fifth set with a convincing 25-12 win in set four.
“The match was a back and forth battle for three sets, then we came out in the fourth and played up to our potential,” coach Amy Nixon said. “Having been in this position before, the girls knew they had to put the pressure on Westwood right away, which they did and never looked back.”
Up two sets to one against Gwinn Tuesday, the Emeralds dropped set four 25-18, forcing yet another five set match. In the end, the Emeralds hammered Gwinn 15-6 for the win.
“I’m so proud of the team for pulling together and finishing this match with the win,” Nixon said. “We were pretty evenly matched; we struggled at times, but also made some really great plays when we needed to, especially dominating the fifth set. The team was pumped, fans were on their feet, and we really enjoyed the energy in the gym.”
With the wins, the Emeralds are 5-1 early in the 2012 season. Manistique now hits the road with games against Norway, Ishpeming and Negaunee.
Manistique-Westwood: Shanel Bosanic, 20 digs, 14 serve receives; Vanessa McNamara, two digs, one serve receive; Maryse Hinkson, two digs, one kill, 20 assists, two serve receives; Kaitlyn Ziminski, two digs; Raeanne Robinson, seven aces, one block, 30 digs, six kills, nine serve receives; Morgan Kangas, three digs, one serve receive; Harley Troxler, one dig; Leah Cook, three digs, three serve receives; Kelsy Gonyea, five aces, six digs, one kill, seven assists, two serve receives; Monica Giles, two aces, three blocks, eight digs, nine kills, two assists, one serve receive; Cayla Strasser, one ace, three digs; Maggie Morrison, three aces, 15 digs, four kills, three serve receives.
Manistique-Gwinn: Shanel Bosanic, four serve receives, eight digs; Vanessa McNamara, two serve receives, four digs; Maryse Hinkson, 26 digs, 24 assists, two blocks; Kaitlyn Ziminski, two serve receives, one dig; Raeanne Robinson, three aces, 17 serve receives, 27 digs, four kills; Morgan Kangas, one serve receive, one dig; Leah Cook, three aces, two serve receives, four digs; Kelsy Gonyea, seven aces, four serve receives, 12 digs, three kills; Monica Giles, one ace, 11 serve receives, 13 digs, nine kills, two blocks; Cayla Strasser, two serve receives, one dig, two kills; Maggie Morrison, four aces, eight serve receives, 13 digs, six kills, one block.