2013-10-10 / Sports

MPC’s in sight, Emeralds need a way to bury Miners

MANISTIQUE – The Manistique Emerald Volleyball team’s quest to finish at the top of the Mid-Peninsula Conference is coming closer to reality with comefrom behind wins over Westwood and Ishpeming. If things play out as projected, though, they need to find the right game plan to beat the Negaunee Miners.

After suffering a loss to Negaunee at home, the Emeralds came up short in three sets on the road Tuesday night in Negaunee. The Miners swept the Emeralds 25-13, 25-16 and 25-21.

In the “Dig for a Cure” contest last week, Westwood took advantage of too many errors by their host in pink and jumped out front taking set one 25-22.

Following the sluggish start, the Emeralds responded, finishing off the Patriots in the next three sets 25-20, 25-17 and 25-18 for the win.

Looking to avenge an earlier loss, Ishpeming jumped all over the Emeralds, taking the first two sets 25-18 and 25-22. With the victory in their sights, the Hematites dropped the next three to their hosts.

Coach Amy Nixon said her team came out “hot” in set one, but allowed serving and hitting errors, which cut short Emerald runs. That all changed in the last sets.

“In the last three sets we served over 90 percent, which helped us string together runs for points,” Nixon said. “Set four we dominated, set five was close all the way; we were able to maintain a one point lead from seven on, to finish it at 15-12.”

Nixon went on to say she was proud of the team for keeping their composure and making another comeback.

“It’s very rare that a team who has lost sets one and two is able to win the match,” said Nixon. “This is a confidence builder as we go into the final four conference matches.”

Manistique will be back in action next Tuesday when they host Gwinn.

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