2017-10-12 / Sports

Emeralds hand Gwinn first conference loss


At left, Joslyn Muth at the net earlier in the season. Muth finished Tuesday’s win over the Modeltowners leading with 19 assists. 
Joe LeBlanc photo At left, Joslyn Muth at the net earlier in the season. Muth finished Tuesday’s win over the Modeltowners leading with 19 assists. Joe LeBlanc photo MANISTIQUE – With Gwinn sitting undefeated on top of the Mid-Peninsula Conference and a need to rectify their early-season loss to the Modeltowners, the Emeralds were prepared for a battle in the Richard Bonifas Gymnasium Tuesday evening.

Going into the conference match-up, Manistique was coming off three straight wins against Westwood, Ishpeming, and Negaunee, looking to add Gwinn as the fourth.

After an initial slow start in set one, the Emeralds beat Gwinn 3-2 (10-25, 25-17, 25-16, 24- 26, 17-15).

“Coming into this match Gwinn was undefeated, so we were prepared for a battle,” said Head Coach Amy Nixon. “We got off to a slow start in set one, but responded in set two by outworking them.”

Carrying that momentum into the third set, the Emeralds won that as well, forcing Gwinn to make errors.

“In set four, Gwinn put up more of a fight,” said Nixon. “We almost had the match won in four sets, but Gwinn blocked our attack to send us to a fifth set.”

Down by three points right away in the fifth set, Nixon called a timeout to regroup her squad. Manistique continued to trail the Modeltowners by two or three points until they were eventually able to tie the game at 14.

The Emeralds then made a hitting error to give their opponent match point. Determined more than ever to get the necessary two-point win, the Emeralds tied it up at 15 then took the lead with back-to-back kills. Match point was scored by the Emeralds with a tip over the net by their outside hitter.

The Emeralds hope to continue their match reversal when they host Iron Mountain tonight. The Emeralds lost to the Mountaineers 3-0 earlier in the season.

Freshman Kayla Muth finished the night leading in kills with five.

Sydny Peterson and McKenna Chartier lead in digs, each recording 21 and 19, respectively.

Renae Schuetter lead in aces with four.

In reviewing the top 10 player stats in the conference through Oct. 9, the following individuals are included:

Aces - Lenna Smith and Joslyn Muth, 15

Blocks - Kayla Muth, 16; Emilee McDaniel 15

Digs - Sydny Peterson, 126, Joslyn Muth, 117; Lenna Smith 116

Kills - Emilee McDaniel, 57; Lenna Smith, 56; Abby Burnham, 38

Serve Receives - Sydney Peterson, 191; Renae Schuetter, 73; McKenna Chartier, 44

Assists - Joslyn Muth, 155

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