MARQUETTE - They were pushed by the Stephenson Eagles Tuesday night, but the Marquette Senior High School volleyball Redettes managed to pull out a match win anyway.
Coach Sarah Peura's club claimed a four-game victory, 25-20, 25-27, 25-18, 25-20.
MSHS couldn't hold a 21-17 lead in the second game before losing and nearly wasted a 23-17 advantage in the fourth before holding on for the deciding game triumph.
Marquette’s Tayler Smith goes up to block Stephenson’s Lexi Johnson during the second game at Marquette Senior High School on Tuesday. (Journal photo by Matt Keiser)
Still, the Redettes made enough key plays to improve to 3-1 on the season.
"They played well," Peura said of her girls. "They jelled and stepped it up. They seemed to have good teamwork."
MSHS, with the help of two aces by Lindsey Couture and three kills by Emily Boyle, won the first game by pulling away at the end. But in the second game, the Redettes led 21-17 and twice had match point within their grasp before the Eagles (3-6) rallied to take the win.
"It was just about finishing the game and figuring out which people would get the points for us," Peura said.
Said Eagles coach Craig Hartges: "Our passing came through in that game."
In the third game, Marquette went on a 6-0 run to break open a close set and take a 14-7 lead, then never looked back to win by seven.
Addison Piotrowski recorded four aces in the game for MSHS.
"We had a different group out there and a different chemistry," Peura said. "Our serving was pretty good, too."
The fourth game saw Marquette rally from a 5-9 deficit to go ahead 19-14. Stephenson crept back to within 23-20 before a kill by Boyle and an Eagle mistake led to the MSHS game and match triumph.
"We've been trying to work on finishing games and we got the job done," Peura said.
Chelsea Turcotte led the Eagles with 11 kills, an ace and four blocks. Teammate Lexi Johnson added nine kills and a team-high 12 digs, while Danielle Squires contributed three aces and nine assists.
No player statistics were available for MSHS.
"We hit the ball well tonight and when our passes were on, our serving was OK," Hartges said.
"(But) we beat ourselves with our lack of passing. (The Redettes) hit the ball and served well, but our serve reception and digging was lacking. That's what needs work."
The MSHS junior varsity team won, 2-1.
Craig Remsburg can be reached at 906-228-2500, ext. 251.