MARQUETTE - Trailing visiting Gladstone 2-1 Tuesday night, the Marquette Senior High School girls volleyball team got back into the groove just in time.
Coach Sarah Peura's Redettes won game four, then took the fifth and deciding game to claim a 3-2 (27-25, 23-25, 18-25, 25-13, 15-11) match victory.
"We definitely fought for it," Peura said after her team improved to 6-2 in dual matches on the season. "The girls rallied and found their spirit in the fourth game, then finished well."
Marquette's serving came to the forefront in the fourth and fifth games, with Emily Boyle and Angela Brown posting two aces each in Game 4. In the deciding game, Lindsey Couture recorded three aces.
"It was just a matter of having the right combination out there at the right time," Peura said. "We've been working on serving a lot in practice and we use it as part of our offense."
Gladstone coach Liz Gendron acknowledged Marquette's serving as a key point late in the match.
Marquette 3, Gladstone 2
Summary (kills-aces-solo blocks)
Gladstone - Demeuse, 11-4-2; Hongisto, 10-1-1; Aird, 5-2-0; Pardonnet, 1-0-0; Berthaume, 1-2-1; Dykowski, 1-0-2; Zimmerman, 1-2-0; Jensen, 1-5-2. Totals, 31-16-8.
Marquette - Viitala, 2-1-0; Piotrowski, 3-9-0; Brown, 3-4-0; Smith, 8-3-0; Pearson, 3-0-0; Couture, 5-5-3; Boyle, 5-4-3. Totals, 29-26-6 .
Score by game:
Gladstone 25 25 25 13 11
Marquette 27 23 18 25 15
Assists, Gladstone 30 (Callie Jensen, 28), Marquette, 27 (Addison Piotrowski, 24); team blocks, Gladstone, 9, Marquette, 4; digs, Gladstone 76 (Grace Zimmerman, 23); Marquette 61 (Liana Storm, 13).
"Our serve receive and the crowd (noise) hurt us in the fourth game," she said. "In the fifth game, we gave up the first four points with some poor passing. then we panicked a little and missed some key serves.
"But this was the best we've played all season. We took a giant step forward."
Tayler Smith led the Redettes with eight kills and three aces. Couture added five kills, five aces and three blocks, while Boyle chipped in five kills, four aces and three blocks. Addison Piotrowski contributed 24 of Marquette's 27 assists.
For Gladstone, Summer Demeuse led the way with 11 kills, four aces and two blocks, Lexi Hongisto came up with 10 kills, an ace and a block, and Callie Jensen collected 28 assists.
After MSHS rallied from a 14-10 deficit in the first game to win, the Braves (2-14-1) put it together to take the next two. They came back from a 18-16 deficit in Game 2, then went on a 6-0 run to end Game 3 for the win.
Gendron took a time out with her team leading just 19-18 in that game.
"We wanted to get the first set out," she recalled. "I had the girls back up on serve receive and told everyone to get the side out and go from there."
Said Peura on the Braves' wins in games 2 and 3: "We weren't moving our feet or attacking very well. But then, we found some momentum."
Grace Zimmerman added 23 digs for Gladstone; Liana Storm posted 13 for MSHS.