Eskymos sharp, sweep Miners
“They showed up and they had a good game today,” said Escanaba coach Adam Lambert. “The girls came out with the offense we’ve been working on and put it to practice. It was able to prove to them again that if we run the offense it’s going to work.”
Negaunee coach Sarah MacDonald was a little disappointed with how her team came out to play in losing all three sets 25-20, 25-18 and 25-16.
“We didn’t do too hot,” said MacDonald. “Esky came ready and we weren’t able to match their level of readiness.”
Both teams kept it close at the beginning of the first set as they were tied at five points apiece. Esky then took over scoring 12 of the next 13 points including a 8-0 run to go up 17-6.
“Negaunee’s a good team and we probably had some nerves early on,” said Lambert. “And then all of a sudden we just kicked it in and said this is our home turf, we’re going to play some ball. And they came to play.”
The Miners responded well and made a few runs of their own and actually came within 24-19 before the Eskymos put the first set away winning it 25-20.
“We went from taking turns making mistakes to taking turns executing plays well,” said MacDonald. “But it was just too little too late.”
Similar to the first set, the second set was tight early on with Esky only gaining a two-point lead at 6-5. The Eskymos then scored the next five points to build a little bit of a cushion.
Negaunee trimmed the deficit to 17-15 before Escanaba rattled off seven in a row on its way to a 25-18 victory in the second set.
The Eskymos came out on fire in the third set as they started on a 6-0 run and built their lead to 8-1.
The Miners were able to cut it to three but Esky scored the next five points to extend its lead to 14-6. The Eskymos coasted from there on their way to a 25-16 third-set win.
“We knew after the second game that we were pretty confident that something was going to happen in the third,” said Lambert. “So they went out with the drive and motivation to not make it go any more than three games. So they went out ready to win.”
Esky setters Kaleia Lawrence, Morgan Heidt and Kaitlyn Lord were all over the floor racking up assists to help the Eskymos win.
Heidt led Escanaba with 14 assists while Lawrence had 10 assists and Lord had seven.
“All three setters came out and had a total of 31 assists on our kills,” said Lambert. “We had a lot of kills today and it’s all because our setters were able to put the ball in place.”
Breanna Johnson led the Miners with eight digs, five assists and one block.
Escanaba hosts Sault Ste. Marie Thursday for its next match.
Negaunee — Gravedoni (5 digs, 1 kill, 1 assist), Norman (4 digs, 1 kill, 2 blocks), Mager (1 dig), Johnson (8 digs, 1 kill, 1 block, 5 assists), Shiroda (6 digs, 5 kills, 2 blocks), Symons (3 digs, 4 assists), Jacobson (5 digs, 3 kills, 4 blocks, 1 ace), Dempsey (2 digs, 2 blocks), Karki (7 digs, 1 ace).
Escanaba — Chaillier (7 kills, 8 digs), Olsen (1 ace, 4 digs), Lambert (4 kills, 1 assists, 6 digs), Wilson (1 ace, 3 kills, 7 digs), Gustafson (1 kill, 16 digs), K. Lawrence (2 aces, 3 kills, 10 assists, 1 dig), Stalboerger (3 kills, 3 blocks), Johnson (1 kill), Barron (4 kills, 1 assist, 1 block, 1 dig), Heidt (4 aces, 2 kills, 14 assist, 6 digs), McDonough (1 kill, 1 block), Lord (7 assists, 5 digs), T. Lawrence (3 aces, 5 kills, 1 block, 8 digs), Wendt (10 kills, 1 block, 2 digs).