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Banged up Maroons clip Braves

October 2, 2012
By Justin Marietti - Sports Reporter (jmarietti@dailypress.net) , Daily Press

GLADSTONE - The Gladstone Braves played some resilient volleyball Monday night, but the Menominee Maroons did as well.

Menominee topped Gladstone in four sets, winning 3-1 (25-11, 21-25, 25-23, 25-13) in a Great Northern Conference matchup.

Coming into the game a bit short-handed, the Maroons had to adjust on the fly.

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Gladstone’s Mackenzie Pardonnet knocks the ball back over the net as teammate Jessica Beaudry (13) looks on during their game against Menominee Monday night. Gladstone fell to the Maroons in four sets, 3-1.

"We had a girl get injured last week," said Menominee coach Sara Betzinger. "We had to change the lineup without practice. Considering that, I guess we did pretty good.

"It's not as good as we could have played, but we still played decent volleyball."

Gladstone came out to another slow start Monday night, dropping the first set 25-11 to the Maroons. They were able to bounce back though, leading the majority of the second set and winning 25-21.

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MENOMINEE - Roman (5 kills, 5 digs); Conery (3 aces, 4 digs); Stewart (1 ace, 1 kill, 7 digs); Barley (1 ace, 12 kills); Anderla (2 aces, 7 kills, 9 digs); Pederson (1 ace, 4 kills, 1 dig).

GLADSTONE - Jensen (1 ace, 1 kill, 26 assists); Zimmermann (1 ace, 1 assist); Beaudry (5 kills); Aird (4 kills); Hongisto (2 aces, 12 kills); Demeuse (1 ace, 6 kills); Pardonnet (2 aces, 2 kills).

Both teams began the third set neck and neck, until Menominee turned it up a notch and put some distance between themselves and the Braves, leading 19-11. Gladstone hung around, but it looked like this match was all but over when The Maroons boosted the lead to 24-17. However, the Braves rallied and nearly took the set, managing to pull within 24-23 before Menominee scored the game-winning point.

"I was on the fence on that one," said Betzinger. "I didn't know if they were going to pull it off."

Gladstone coach Liz Gendron feels her team is capable of more than they have been giving.

"I always hope they will pull (close sets) out, but it's not up to me, it's up to the girls," she said.

"They're not playing to win right now. I feel like we gave (Menominee) the game."

The fourth set was also very close until the Maroons got in a couple of scoring runs and put it out of reach, winning 25-13.

Menominee improves to 11-4 overall, while the Braves fall to 3-15-1.

The Maroons jayvee team also won their match, sweeping the Braves 2-0 (25-7, 25-22).

Gladstone resumes Thursday when it hosts Kingsford.

MENOMINEE - Roman (5 kills, 5 digs); Conery (3 aces, 4 digs); Stewart (1 ace, 1 kill, 7 digs); Barley (1 ace, 12 kills); Anderla (2 aces, 7 kills, 9 digs); Pederson (1 ace, 4 kills, 1 dig).

GLADSTONE - Jensen (1 ace, 1 kill, 26 assists); Zimmermann (1 ace, 1 assist); Beaudry (5 kills); Aird (4 kills); Hongisto (2 aces, 12 kills); Demeuse (1 ace, 6 kills); Pardonnet (2 aces, 2 kills, 2 assists).

 
 

 

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