2013-10-17 / Sports

Gwinn takes three


Referee Barb Landis keeps a close eye on Emerald junior Maggie Morrison at the net during Tuesday night’s game against Gwinn. Manistique dropped all three matches to the visiting Modeltowners. 
Joe LeBlanc photo Referee Barb Landis keeps a close eye on Emerald junior Maggie Morrison at the net during Tuesday night’s game against Gwinn. Manistique dropped all three matches to the visiting Modeltowners. Joe LeBlanc photo MANISTIQUE – An 8-3 record is hardly anything to be disappointed about, but as the Emerald volleyball team heads into the home stretch of the 2013 season with their eyes on a Mid-Peninsula Conference title run, competition is heating up.

Tuesday, the Emeralds dropped their second in a row to schools that also have their sites on a championship.

Coming off a loss to Negaunee on the road, the Emeralds fell in three straight sets (25-21, 25-20, 25-9) to Gwinn at home Tuesday. Despite the loss, Coach Amy Nixon said the girls came out intense and played hard throughout the match.

“I am proud of them for playing with dignity and not giving up,’ she explained. “Gwinn is a tough serving and attacking team, we just didn’t produce enough offense to stay ahead of them.”

With only two more conference games left in the 2013 season, the Emeralds find themselves sitting in second at 7-1 behind Gwinn, who moves to an 8-1 conference record.

Manistique has several players in the top five for individual standings in the Mid-Pen Conference. Stats are through Oct. 12.

Aces: Maggie Morrison in third with 25.

Blocks: Lexi Carslon tied at second with 18.

Kills: Morrison second with 61.

Sets: Sydney Chartier second with 97.

Serve receives: Morrison seond with 104, Morgan Kangas third with 102 and Leah Cook fifth with 81.

Looking to get back on a winning track, Manistique will host the Iron Mountain Mountaineers tonight (Thursday) and travel to Norway to wrap-up conference play Oct. 24.

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