ESCANABA - The Escanaba Eskymos were able to hold off Menominee's patient offense for a while Tuesday evening on the volleyball court, but eventually the Maroon's proved too much to overcome, rolling to a 3-1 (25-17, 22-25, 25-11, 25-12) Great Northern Conference victory.
Menominee's Karli Barley paced the Maroons both at netfront and in service runs. She racked up the kills and aces while having three runs of at least five points throughout the match.
"We've been having trouble serving lately and (Barley's) serving finally clicked," said Menominee coach Sarah Betzinger. "She was getting her swing down too, on her hits."
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Escanaba’s Holly Ettenhofer (4) and Amanda Pedersen (15) of Menominee each have their eye on the ball as it crosses the net Tuesday at Escanaba.
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Ashley Cook (7) of Escanaba digs out a Menominee hit as Alliyah Edwards looks on Tuesday at Escanaba.
The Maroons offense was mostly in contrast to Escanaba's. The Eskymos preferred to dish out hard spikes whereas the Maroons scored often using soft tips into open spaces. However, that's not to say the Maroons couldn't attack hard as well.
"Menominee hit well tonight. Their middle hitter (Barley) put some good attacks down," said Escanaba coach Bron Harmon. "There were a lot of rallies tonight though. We didn't serve well, but it was better than what it has been."
Menominee led 10-4 in the second set after a 5-0 service run from Taylor Roman, before the Eskymos came charging back. A 5-0 service run from Kathryn Wellman narrowed the Maroons lead to 13-12 and Esky tied it up at 15-15. Wehn the Eskymos took the lead, they didn't give it back up and won the set 25-22.
ESCANABA - Ettenhofer (10 digs, 5 kills, 14 assists); Fritz (5 kills); Cook (25 digs); Gafner (8 kills, 12 digs); Langsford (8 assists); Lantagne (4 kills).
However, things then turned totally in Menominee's favor. The Maroons took a 20-8 lead in the third set and a 22-9 lead in the fourth set, minimizing their mistakes and rolling on an efficient and patient offense.
"The girls did a nice job the last two games," said Betzinger. "I wish we played like that in the first two sets too, but that's alright. They came out and finally woke up and played like they can play."
Escanaba was led on offense by Sydney Gafner, who racked up 8 kills. Holly Ettenhofer and Kamille Fritz each had five kills. Libero Ashley Cook compiled 25 digs.
"We struggled to finish the point tonight," said Harmon. "We're struggling to realize it doesn't have to be a hard kill to get the point. There were a lot of hitting errors trying to kill the ball when we can just get the point by finding the hole."
Menominee (7-4, 4-2 GNC) also won the jayvee game 2-1 (25-17, 17-25, 25-13).
Escanaba (0-5 GNC) hosts Kingsford Tuesday.