Mid-Pen foes no problem for ND

IRON MOUNTAIN – North Dickinson handled a pair of Mid-Peninsula volleyball foes here Thursday, defeating Iron Mountain 25-16, 25-15 and Negaunee 25-22, 25-15.

“I was very pleased,” Nordics coach Sandy Haustein said. “They played really well.”

Serving helped carry the Nordics to victory against Negaunee. Led by Kimberly Carey’s five aces, the Nordics were 94 percent from the serving stripe. Gina Rotter, Chelsey Stroud and Lexi Steele also were perfect as North Dickinson converted 44-of-47 serves.

“Our net play was strong too,” Haustein said. “Miranda Jacobson really played well. Kimberly had an excellent all-around game. Stroud was good at the net. It was a team win, both matches. Everybody contributed.”

Haustein also credited libero Winter Steinbrecher’s digging.

“She made good passes to our setter,” she said. “We were able to distribute the ball to all our hitters. Rotter moved it around.

“We still need a little bit more work on communication and covering our hitters, but this was a big team effort and I am very satisfied with how we started off the season. Hopefully we can build on it.”

Iron Mountain also fell to Negaunee, 25-10, 13-25, 25-21, 25-17, in a match that opened the league season for the Mountaineers.

“We came in evenly matched, I felt, with Negaunee,” IM coach Jeanne Newberry said. “But we got caught in our unforced errors. We’ve got young players learning new positions, so that’s going to happen early in the season.”

Newberry said she was impressed with the Nordics.

“They have a nice strong hitting team,” she said. “They play a good front row, beat us with their height.

“We’ve got positive attitudes and good direction of where we are going.”

Negaunee improved to 2-0 in league matches, making an early statement as a contender in the conference which Iron Mountain has won the past two seasons.

“It was nice to come in and get a win at Iron Mountain,” NHS coach Annette Gleason said. “You always expect Iron Mountain to be a good defensive and a good hitting team.”

Despite the easy first-game win, the Mountaineers’ strong hitting led to Negaunee’s only blemish of the match. A diving save from Cassie Feira and a spike from Alena Herman highlighted the Mountaineers’ second-game performance where they jumped out to an 18-8 lead.

“Then our girls picked up their speed and started hitting the ball well,” Gleason said about the third and fourth games. “Overall, our good serving helped us control the match.”

Senior outside hitter Rosalie Anderson led the Miners (2-2 overall) with 10 kills and 17 digs, while senior setter Jayda Johnson recorded 14 assists and two aces.

Gleason said her team might’ve been a bit fatigued with possibly an emotional letdown against ND, which came into the match fresh.

“North Dickinson has some good servers and we struggled with our serve receive,” she said.

Iron Mountain (0-1 MPC) and North Dickinson play in the Great Eight Saturday at Iron River.