ESCANABA - The Kingsford Flivvers rolled into town for a Great Northern Conference matchup against the Escanaba Eskymos Tuesday night.
They left with a 3-1 (25-17, 26-24, 23-25, 25-11) victory, as the volleyball just seemed to fall in their favor for most of the evening.
Both teams got off to a nice start, and the first set was competitive until it reached the halfway point, when Kingsford (14-2) pulled away and won 25-17.
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Escanaba’s Alliyah Edwards pushes the ball over the net Tuesday at home against Kingsford.
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Ashley Cook (7) volleys the ball to her teammates during their match against Kingsford Tuesday night. The Flivvers took the match 3-1.
The Eskymos came out on fire in the second set, marching off to a 13-4 lead early. Kingsford hung around, and their defense was able to hold Escanaba at bay long enough to stage a rally. This set really became a battle to score down the stretch, and the Eskymos eventually found themselves on the cusp of a victory, leading 24-20. However, the Flivvers went on to score six straight points and pull off a 26-24 triumph.
Escanaba had the same quick start in set three, scoring five unanswered points. But the Flivvers seem to play well when they are faced with adversity, as they fought back to tie the game 12-12.
No one could really gain the advantage, as this set was like a chess match from that point on. The Eskymos eventually got the edge, winning 25-23.
ESCANABA - Ettenhofer (8 kills, 10 assists, 13 digs); Fritz (3 kills, 3 blocks); Cook (15 digs); Gafner (3 kills, 5 digs); Langsford (3 digs, 4 assists); Lantagne (3 kills); Wellman (4 blocks, 3 assists).
KINGSFORD - Benzie (15 kills, 7 digs); Menghini (2 aces, 5 digs); Roell (4 kills, 4 digs, 2 blocks); Sanford (2 kills, 35 assists); Slajus (5 kills); Wittenbach (7 aces, 12 kills, 4 digs, 1 block); Londo (1 ace, 1 kill, 4 digs).
Kingsford did not want to fall behind again, and they proved that early on in the fourth set, cruising to a 8-0 start. They showed no signs of letting up on the gas pedal as they dominated from start to finish, taking the set 25-11.
Kingsford coach Amanda Meyer welcomed the change of pace in that final set.
"We gave them at least a six or seven-point lead in each of the other sets," she said. "This one was kind of flip-flopped roles, and we were able to jump on them and get an eight-point lead. "It's hard to come back from an eight-point deficit. I think they were just ready to win."
Escanaba coach Bron Harmon thought her team did well, it just wasn't enough to get the victory.
"I think the first three games, we played well," she said. "I think we got a little lax there in the middle of (set) two, we should have finished two.
"Overall, I think we played defense really well, our setters did a good job moving the ball around and getting it to our hitters. We just didn't have that killer finish."
Harmon added that a team is going to flow the way that the players on the floor are communicating with one another, and they struggled with that Tuesday night.
Kingsford's jayvees also won their match, taking a 2-1 (22-25, 25-17, 25-20) victory.
The Eskymos resume Saturday when they host the Elks Invitational tournament.