2013-11-14 / Sports

Emeralds advance, come up short in championship


Maggie Morrison, shown in action from earlier in the season, earned a first team selection in the Mid- Peninsula Conference for her 2013 performance. 
Joe LeBlanc photo Maggie Morrison, shown in action from earlier in the season, earned a first team selection in the Mid- Peninsula Conference for her 2013 performance. Joe LeBlanc photo NEWBERRY – Fresh off a 3-1 win over the Newberry Indians in the semi-final round of district play, the Manistique Emerald volleyball season came to an end thanks to the dominating LaSalle Saints in the district championship last week. The Saints jumped out early and captured the district crown in three sets (25-13, 25-11, and 25-12).

“They were a very tough team to stop,” Coach Amy Nixon said. “They made it difficult for us to get our offense going and as a result we struggled.”

Despite the loss, Nixon said she was proud of what her team had accomplished this season.

The trip to the finals got off to a rocky start in Newberry. Defending their home court, the Indians opened the semi-final match with a 25-22 win in the first set. From there it was all Manistique, who went on to take the next three sets 25-14, 25-14 and 25-21 to seal their championship bid.

“The girls gave a great effort,“ said Nixon. “They communicated and really worked hard. We were able to get the ball to our hitters and take advantage of the power offense we have.”

The Saints suffered a loss to Gwinn in the first round of regional action Tuesday night.

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