Mountaineers notch sweep

ISHPEMING – Iron Mountain, “in a game of forced errors,” spilled Westwood 3-0 (25-18, 25-18, 25-23) in Mid-Peninsula Conference volleyball Tuesday.

“Westwood played to put the ball over the net,” said Mountaineer coach Jeanne Newberry. “We were on with our serves (nine aces).”

Kristen Gendron tallied a team-high five kills and four ace serves.

“Kristen was also strong digging,” Newberry noted.

Iron Mountain, with a revised lineup, handled 26 serves.

“Serve receives determine the game,” Newberry said. “We the new lineup our communication had to be very aggressive.”

Iron Mountain (3-3 MPC) visits Negaunee on Thursday. Westwood dropped to 0-5.

“It was a close match and we played pretty well,” WHS head coach Janine Chapman said. “But tonight was just one of those nights where it was who made the most mistakes. It was just errors on our part and not finishing.”

Janey Christiansen’s 100 percent serving (15-for-15 with 10 aces) helped the Iron Mountain jayvees subdue Westwood 25-21, 25-10, 15-8.

Iron Mountain summary follows:

Susie Hagan – 10 digs; Malia Brooks – 3 digs; Marti Pirkola – 3 digs, 1 kill, 2 aces; Bri Geyser – 2 digs, 9 sets, 3 kills; Desi Bottesi – 1 dig, 1 kill; Alena Herman – 9 digs, 4 sets, 1 kill, 3 aces; Mandy Haferkorn – 8 digs; Cassie Feira – 10 digs, 1 kill; Kristen Gendron – 8 digs, 5 kills, 4 ace serves.

Norway 3, Negaunee 2

NEGAUNEE?- The Miners raced out to a 2-0 lead but Norway came back and took a pair of close sets to even the match.

The Knights won 24-26, 13-25, 25-23, 25-21, 15-9 handing Negaunee just its second MPC loss.

“We started off very rough,” Norway coach Kayla DeBakker said. “The girls got down on themselves and just couldn’t pull it together the first two games. Game three started and it was a whole new team out on the court. The girls were determined to win and there was no stopping them. As soon as we got momentum on our side we went with it.”

Leah Mattson’s 15 kills paced the Knights. She also had two blocks and seven digs. Jacey Bal has eight digs, and Lexi Negro totaled 20 assists.

“They played with a lot of heart tonight and that was awesome to see,” DeBakker said. “Leah Mattson did an outstanding job at the net for us tonight with 15 kills and Lexi Negro with 20 set assists.”

“We’ve hit that low point, and now we need to go back to our fundamentals,” Miners coach Annette Gleason said. “We lacked communication on the court.”

It didn’t help that a pregame injury suffered by senior and top offensive threat Rosalie Anderson started to affect her in the third set, forcing Gleason to pull her out by the fifth set, according to the coach.

Anderson still managed to record 11 kills, 15 digs, three service aces and a block, while sister Adena Anderson, a junior, had 16 digs and three aces.

Senior teammates BreAnna Leanes added nine aces and Jada Johnson 15 assists and a block. Juniors Aubrey Nyman had five kills and a block and Alexa Olgren eight digs.

Norway also won the JV match, 18-25, 25-23, 25-13.

Jacey Bal – 2 aces. 8 digs; Brenda Casanova: 2 digs; Lexi Negro – 2 digs. 2 kills. 20 set assists; Hannah Anderson – 4 digs. 4 kills; Leah Mattson: 2 blocks. 7 digs. 15 kills; Paige Sheski – 4 kills; Lindsey DeBernardi – 1 ace. 1 dig 5 set assists; Brandi Strong: 2 digs.

Trojans 3, Wykons 0

CRYSTAL FALLS – Forest Park turned back West Iron County in the first set and posted a 3-0 (29-27, 25-10, 25-15) volleyball decision Tuesday.

“We had a slow start in the first set, but we were able to make less errors than West Iron County in the end,” Trojans coach Kim Bjork said. “The second and third sets we were able to limit our errors and adjusted to West Iron County tipping the ball.

“We served pretty consistently. In the second set we only had one error which is a big improvement for us.”

Forest Park (18-1-5 overall, 6-0 league) hosts Carney-Nadeau in a Skyline Conference match Thursday. West Iron entertains L’Anse on Thursday.

“We’ve played the last two matches with different lineups, but the girls have adjusted well,” Bjork said.

Lexi Gussert (14 kills, 7 aces, 17 digs), Maria Stankewicz (20 assists) and Hannah Marinoff (11 digs) led the Lady Trojans.

Forest Park won the junior varsity match 2-0.

Forest Park held a “Pink-out” for breast cancer awareness at the match, with everyone encouraged to wear pink.

Forest Park summary follows:

Hannah Marinoff – 11 digs; Maria Stankewicz – 4 aces, 20 assists, 2 digs, 2 blocks; Kendra Campbell – 4 kills, 5 aces, 5 digs, 2 blocks; Libby Shamion – 5 kills, 3 aces, 5 digs; Kelsie Hendrickson – 9 digs; Lexi Gussert – 14 kills, 7 aces,1 assist, 17 digs, 2 blocks; Adel Isaacson – 1 kill, 2 aces, 1 dig.

Bobcats 3, Crandon 0

FLORENCE, Wis. – Florence needed a third-set comeback to down Crandon 3-0 (25-13, 25-15, 27-25) in Northern Lakes Conference volleyball Tuesday.

“The first two games went well,” Bobcats coach Trudy Rochon said. “The final one we had to come from way behind. We lost our focus, but finished strong.”

Bobcats’ Emma Baumgart collected 13 kills and Aly Young had 10.

The Bobcats (6-2 NLC) host Three Lakes on Thursday.

Tessa Merhalski, Kaitlyn Springer and Brier Winney served 100 percent as Florence’s jayvees defeated Crandon 25-13, 25-14, 25-23. Florence summary follows:

Emma Baumgart – 13 kills; Keaghan Doda – 1 kill, 2 assists, 7 digs, 3 aces; Erin Walker – 6 kills, 100 percent serving; Jessica Glime – 3 kills, 100 percent serving; Aly Young – 10 kills, 3 assists, 1 ace; Kristen Schroeder – 1 kill, 1 ace.

Patriots 3, Phelps 0

GOODMAN, Wis. – Goodman-Pembine swept Phelps 3-0 (25-14, 26-24, 25-12) in Northern Lakes Conference volleyball Tuesday.

Rachel Stankevich (5 kills), Courtney Goyak (5 kills) and Brittany Toll (4 aces) and Gabrielle Johnson (4 kills) paced Goodman-Pembine.

Coach Ashley Kalkofen’s Patriots (15-3 overall, 8-2 NLC) travel to White Lake on Thursday.