2012-10-04 / Sports

Volleyball season heats up

MANISTIQUE – The Manistique Emerald volleyball team made it three-in-a– row with their parents’ night win over the Negaunee Miners Tuesday.

The Miners dug a hole early dropping the first set 25-9. Not wasting any time, the Emeralds, who continue their streak, finished off Negaunee 25-15 and 25-16 for the victory.

“We came out and played strong in set one and carried that momentum throughout the match,” Coach Amy Nixon said. “We served tough and several players earned aces, which contributed to our victory. We have a tough week in the conference coming up, along with homecoming, so this was a good match to get us ready.”

Monday, in Ishpeming, the Emeralds again went on the attack early, downing the Hematites in three sets (25-20, 26-24, 25- 22).

Nixon credits play on both sides of net as the key to the Emerald win.

“We played strong,” she said. “We served tough, which made it difficult for them to return the ball with an attack. We were aggressive and took advantage of our opportunities on offense; defensively we were able to adjust to their varying hitting styles.”

Emerald seniors Shanel Bosanic (left) and Maryse Hinkson in action. 
Photos by Joe LeBlanc Emerald seniors Shanel Bosanic (left) and Maryse Hinkson in action. Photos by Joe LeBlanc The three-game winning streak got off to a convincing start in Westwood Wednesday. Behind consistent play from the line, the Emeralds beat the Patriots 25-14, 25- 19 and 25-13.

Nixon said her girls played well as a team, and serving the ball was a key to the win.

“We played well as a team in this match,” said Nixon. “Our serving was a strong point, we served tough and much more consistently.”

The Emeralds’ junior varsity lost to Negaunee 2-1 (5-25, 25-23, 14-25), beat Ishpeming 2-1, (25-13, 19-25, 25-19) and beat Westwood 2-0, (25-21, 25-21).

Manistique travels to Escanaba Saturday to take part in the Escanaba Invitational and Gwinn Tuesday.

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