IRON MOUNTAIN - Iron Mountain, with Sarah Girard's seven kills leading the way, swept Ishpeming 25-21, 25-17, 25-22 in Mid-Peninsula Conference girls volleyball Thursday evening in Iron Mountain.
The Mountaineers managed to build a comfortable 10-3 lead in set one before Ishpeming, behind the firepower of Alesha O'Brien, climbed back into contention.
The Hematites, on an ace from Sinead Korvela, knotted set one 11-11. A couple of kills from O'Brien kept things tied at 13-13, but Iron Mountain scored five of the next eight points to regain the lead for good.
Iron Mountain’s Kari Sanford (9) and Maria Pirkola (10) put up a block against Ishpeming’s Alesha O’Brien (4) in Thursday’s Mid-Peninsula Conference volleyball match at Iron Mountain. (Iron Mountain Daily News photo by Theresa Peterson)
Kills by Girard and Maria Pirkola helped the Mountaineers stay in command, with a hit from Gianna Hill ending the set.
Ishpeming ran out to a 5-1 lead in set two, but couldn't hold as unforced errors racked up on the Hematite side of the court.
"Definitely unforced errors," Ishpeming coach Amy Rautiola said. "Serve receive errors, miscommunication.
"Iron Mountain has really improved since we saw them playing Negaunee earlier in the season, and it seems like they are really coming together as a team and learning to work as a team."
O'Brien led Ishpeming with seven kills. Sinead Korvela added five more, as did Jessica Spencer. Caitlin Korvela had a team-best nine digs.