2013-08-29 / Sports

Emeralds swing away

MUNISING – Girls volleyball is in full swing. On Saturday, the Emeralds kicked off the 2013 season in Munising at the Munising Invitational.

Following the daylong event, the Emeralds finished in third place with wins over the Mustangs and Mid-Pen and losses to Superior Central and Gwinn.

Looking down the road, coach Amy Nixon plans to utilize seniors Morgan Kangas, Vanessa McNamara, and Leah Cook, along with junior Maggie Morrison, to anchor this year’s squad.

The promising group of returning players will be joined by junior Hailey Hoholik and sophomores Lexi Carlson, Sydney Chartier and Machaela Hinkson.

Rounding off the roster are seniors Breanna Bosanic and Elisa MacGregor.

Monday, Manistique dropped a 3-1 decision to Escanaba. After taking the first set 25-20, Manistique dropped the next three 25-15, 25-23 and 25-20.

Nixon said the match was full of big swings.

“We came out hard in the first set and battled back and forth and managed to outscore them. Set two, we allowed Escanaba to go in big runs from mostly our errors,” said Nixon. “Set three and four, we were down early, but fought back with big runs to catch up; unfortunately our comeback wasn’t enough to win.”

Nixon concluded by saying, “The team gave a good effort by never giving up.”

Manistique travels to Ishpeming Aug. 28 (today) and will make their home debut Sept. 9 against Newberry.

Munising individual stats: Elisa MacGregor, 2 serve receives, 1 assist; Breanna Bosanic, 8 serve receives, 2 digs, 4 assists, 3 kills; Hailey Hoholik, 3 aces, 20 serve receives, 9 digs, 3 assists, 4 kills; Morgan Kangas, 1 ace, 19 serve receives, 7 digs, 2 assists; Vanessa McNamara, 7 aces, 5 serve receives, 11 digs, 20 assists, 10 kills; Lexi Carlson, 4 aces, 4 serve receives, 4 digs, 1 assist, 5 kills, 1 block; Sydney Chartier, 8 digs, 22 assists, 4 kills; Leah Cook, 2 aces, 24 serve receives, 13 digs, 3 kills, Maggie Morrison 4 aces, 21 serve receives, 13 digs, 3 assists, 11 kills

Escanaba individual stats: Elisa MacGregor, 1 serve receive; Breanna Bosanic, 1 serve receive, 2 digs, 1 assist, 3 kills; Hailey Hoholik, 9 serve receives, 13 digs, 5 kills; Morgan Kangas, 18 serve receives, 15 digs; Vanessa McNamara, 1 ace, 4 serve receives, 10 digs, 12 assists, 6 kills; Machaela Hinkson, 1 serve receive, 3 digs; Lexi Carlson: 2 aces, 4 digs, 1 assist, 1 kill, 2 blocks; Sydney Chartier, 1 ace, 14 digs, 4 assists; Leah Cook: 4 aces, 14 serve receives, 12 digs, 1 kill; Maggie Morrison; 1 ace, 15 serve receives, 21 digs, 10 kills

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