2017-09-14 / Sports

Varsity Emeralds struggle on road


At right, Sydney Peterson is shown in action at home earlier in the season. Peterson finished leading in digs the last two outings with 17 in Westwood and 13 in Gwinn. 
Joe LeBlanc photo At right, Sydney Peterson is shown in action at home earlier in the season. Peterson finished leading in digs the last two outings with 17 in Westwood and 13 in Gwinn. Joe LeBlanc photo MANISTIQUE – A narrow margin and failure to communicate sums out the last two outings for the Emerald volleyball team on the road in Westwood and Gwinn.

Last Thursday, the squad made the trip to Westwood and played competitive in all three sets only to drop the match 3-0.

Consistent serves helped the Emeralds in the match, finishing the first set of the night with a score of 23-25 and ending the second and the third with a score of 20-25 each.

“We served consistently, which helped us stay in the match,” stated Head Coach Amy Nixon. “We will continue to work on our movement and passing heading into next week’s matches”

Madison finished the night with a high of 11 assists, Sydney Peterson lead with 17 digs, and Lenna Smith recorded five kills.

The junior varsity squad won their match with sets of 25-10 and 25-16.

On Tuesday night this week, the team failed to communicate, dropping all three sets on the road in Gwinn (9-25, 16-25 and 15-25).

“We didn’t communicate effectively and struggled in our serve receive which made getting our offense going difficult,” said Nixon. “It’s a process that we will continue to work on a solution.”

Peterson again led in digs with 13. Joslyn Muth led in assists with eight, and Emilee McDaniel led in kills with four.

The junior varsity lost their match with a score of 2-1 (28-30, 25-16, 13- 25).

The Emeralds will host the Gladstone Braves in a Mid-Peninsula Conference match tonight (Thursday). The junior varsity game is set for 6 p.m.

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