MARQUETTE - Munising and Marquette were tested before pulling out conference victories in high school volleyball matches played Thursday evening.
Mid Peninsula 2
At Munising, the Mustangs improved to 5-7 in the Central Upper Peninsula Conference with a 21-25, 25-23, 25-13, 18-25, 15-13 win to knock the Wolverines out of a first-place tie in the CUP with Superior Central.
"Our girls knew their (hitting) zones, and we they hit them, they converted the points 100 percent of the time," Munising coach Myra Lloyd said about placing their kill attempts. "Anything in the middle, and we ended up with a long rally."
As it was, there were enough long rallies for the Mustangs to accumulate 130 digs by five players, led by freshman libero Darby Coyne with 44.
Senior teammate Jenna Hach led the offense from her setter's position with 10 kills to go with nine digs, 17 assists and two service aces. Sophomore Kat Wendt was next with six kills and two blocks, while senior Katie Immel added five kills, five aces and 24 digs.
Munising also won the JV match, 25-12, 25-11.
At Stephenson, the Redettes improved to 6-1 in the Great Northern Conference with a 25-23, 18-25, 25-17, 25-22 victory.
"Stephenson put up some good servers and middle blockers," MSHS coach Sarah Peura said, "and they kept us on our toes. But we stuck in there and fought it out.
"(Junior) Tayler Smith and (senior) Angela Brown served well to keep our momentum going. And we capitalized with (senior) Emily (Boyle) finishing our plays."
Boyle accumulated 20 kills along with three blocks, while Smith had seven aces and 10 kills, Brown six aces and 11 digs and senior setter Addie Piotrowski 13 digs and 37 assists.
The Eagles won the JV match, 2-1, though game scores weren't available.
Iron Mountain 3,
At Iron Mountain, the Mid-Peninsula Conference leaguers repulsed a challenge from Manistique, 25-23, 23-25, 26-24, 25-21.
Iron Mountain (8-1 M-PC) knocked Manistique out of the MPC race as the Emeralds now have four league losses. The Mountaineers have another big challenge when it goes to Gwinn, which has two M-PC losses, on Tuesday.
"That Iron Mountain-Gwinn match should decide the conference," said Manistique coach Amy Nixon, whose Emeralds host Norway on Thursday.
Manistique won the ace battle, 25-17, including 10 by Maggie Morrison.
"I felt the whole match was serve and serve receive for both teams," Nixon said. "We have served well but our serve receive has been a little bit of a struggle lately. We really need to work that out before the end of the season."
In the final game, Monica Giles brought the Emeralds back to 22-21 with one of her 17 kills and a serving ace, but her team couldn't get any closer.
Manistique's Maryse Hinkson had 31 assists while Morrison and Raeanne Robinson combined for 48 digs.
Iron Mountain also won the JV match, 25-14, 25-11.