Esky spiked on road
MENOMINEE – Menominee needed to clean few things up after Saturday’s Marquette Invitational so the Maroons brought out their brooms on “Pink Out” night.
Menominee hiked its Great Northern Conference record to 6-0 with a hard-fought 25-21, 25-16, 27-25 sweep of a scrappy Escanaba team Tuesday night.
Coach Sarah Betzinger feels her team is going through a midseason lull.
“We need to communicate and we need to move as a team,” she explained. “I need to change up personal responsibilities.”
It was the sixth sweep in seven dual matches Menominee, but it didn’t come easy against an Eskymo team that refused to back down from league-leading Maroons.
Escanaba was at game point in the final game (24-22) when Allia Stewart and Sam Krah delivered kills. A sideout gave the Maroons a 25-24 lead. After Esky tied the game, it gave serve back to the Menominee with a net serve and Anderla delivered the match winner with a kill.
The Maroons zoomed out to a 13-5 lead in the opening game befoe Escanaba cut the margin to 13-11. Jessica Gill fired off two aces during the surge and Sydnee Gafner added a spike kill.
A serve into the net chilled the Eskymos’ momentum until a Morgan Verbrigghe ace help spark Esky to a 15-14 lead.
Menominee reclaimed the lead (17-15) but Gafner finished off an Eskymo rally with a spike kill to give Escanaba an 18-17 lead.
The Maroons countered again with a four-point run and an ace from Krah lifted Menominee to the win.
“We’ve improved a lot since we played them the first time,” coach Theresa Heidt said. “Our confidence is improving. My middle hitters were on tonght and the communication was good.”
Anderla smashed across two aces to lead the Maroons to a 12-4 lead in the second game. Esky bounced back again to chop the lead to 15-11, but the Maroons controlled play the rest of the way in the 25-16 win.
“They’re hitters on spot-on,” said Heidt. “They hit every ball.”
Paige Barrette, Stewart, Anderla and Krah each had nine points for the Maroons. Barrette also collected three aces, nine digs and two kills, while Anderla had four aces, four digs, 10 assists and three kills. Stewart added six digs and three kills.
Krah finished with four digs and an ace and Brooke Janquart had five points, including two aces and a team-high 34 assists.
Amanda Pedersen contributed three kills and two blocks, Madison Blom chalked up 13 assists, Amanda Simmons had three kills and two blocks, Iris Parrish had four digs, Tristin Tiesling had three digs and Brooke Demmith added a dig.
“We need to come out at the top of our game for the next three matches,” said Betzinger. We have work to do.”
Kamille Fritz had 12 kills for the Eskymos, Gafner had seven kills and Aalysiah Spencer had four kills.
Alyssa Polequin set the hitters up with 11 assists and added three aces and Jade Helin had four aces.
Escanaba won the junior varsity match 25-11, 25-20.