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Cougars prevail over Munising in battle for Alger County

Patriots continue to improve

October 3, 2012
By Journal Sports Staff , The Mining Journal

ISHPEMING - Westwood parlayed a good showing at Saturday's Marquette Invitational into its first dual victory of the season at home on Tuesday night.

The Patriots swept Norway 25-22, 25-17, 25-18 on what coach Janine Chapman called her team's "best match all year.

"We felt a little bit of a change on Saturday," Chapman said about a tourney where Westwood won five of 11 games, with four of the losses coming against Upper Peninsula powerhouse Houghton. "It's the first time we feel like we're really playing like a team.

"The difference is in the control we have. The girls felt a positive attitude, and they're really having fun out there on the court."

Senior Sydney Turino led the Pats' offense in Tuesday's Mid-Peninsula Conference match with six kills while making a block, and junior Mya Maanika added four kills, two service aces and six blocks.

"They were getting some great passes tonight," Chapman said.

Senior Alexandra Sandin added three kills and seven assists, while sophomore Laura Schulte had three blocks and a kill.

Westwood also won the JV match, 25-18, 25-23.

Superior Central 3,

Munising 1

At Eben, defense was the story as the Cougars prevailed in a Central U.P. Conference match, 25-17, 25-20, 24-26, 25-21. SC counted 63 digs and Munising had 67.

"We have improved defensively," Cougars coach Kris Bray said. "We are covering much better and it showed."

Munising junior Terri Bond led all players with 16 digs, while SC was paced by senior Lindsey Richmond with 14 digs. Richmond also had three kills, four aces and 12 assists.

SC junior Vanessa Freberg led offensively with eight kills, along with six digs, two aces and two assists. Teammates Kelsey Coleman, Teslyn Tyner and Mikayla Barrows each had five kills. Munising got three kills from both Bond and senior Katie Immel.

Mustangs junior Megan Watson had eight aces, even though coach Myra Lloyd said service errors hurt Munising throughout the match.

Munising won the JV match, 25-21, 25-11.

Manistique 3,

Negaunee 0

At Manistique, the Negaunee High School girls volleyball team dropped a 3-0 (25-9, 25-15, 25-16) decision to the Emeralds.

"We had a lot of long rallies (the Emeralds) won," NHS head coach Annette Gleason said. "We hit the ball better, but (the Emeralds) played strong."

Haley Blake posted four kills and an ace for the Miners. Teammate Ashley Veale recorded four kills and four digs; Jayda Johnson collected six assists; and Rosalie Anderson turned in six digs.

Manistique 3,

Ishpeming 0

ISHPEMING - Visiting Manistique swept Ishpeming on Monday, 25-20, 26-24, 25-22.

Alesha O'Brien posted 12 kills and 13 digs for IHS, while teammate Natalee Dobson recorded 17 assists and two aces. Mollie Pruett added three aces and Jessica Spencer three blocks for the Hematites.

"It was a frustrating night," Hematites coach Amy Rautiola said. "Manistique came to play and we didn't match their enthusiasm."



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